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Prometheus Dirted Iwagumi (DSM)

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I'm working on a 10 gallon dirted Iwagumi style tank. This is my first tank and I'm learning the mechanics of how these ecosystems work, so I would love some input on my methodology.



Substrate
The bottom 1" layer of the substrate is a 1:1 ratio by volume of organic potting soil (peat moss, bark, compost, perlite, earthworm castings, and organic fertilizer) and CaribSea Eco-Complete. The top 1" layer is entirely CaribSea Eco-Complete.

Rocks
5 Seiryu stones

Lighting
20" Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED

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Hemianthus micranthemoides "Monte Carlo"
Staurogyne repens

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Growing nicely! When do you plan to flood?


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Growing nicely! When do you plan to flood?
I have no idea, but I've been getting antsy for sure! I suppose I'll wait until the carpet covers the entire floor. I'm also in the process of trying to figure out what canister filter I want to buy.
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I have no idea, but I've been getting antsy for sure! I suppose I'll wait until the carpet covers the entire floor. I'm also in the process of trying to figure out what canister filter I want to buy.
Eheim ecco pro is pretty outstanding for a smaller tank. I have one on my 15 gallon and am loving it.


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Eheim ecco pro is pretty outstanding for a smaller tank. I have one on my 15 gallon and am loving it.
Thanks for the suggestion JuanSan. I looked it up, but ultimately went with the Eheim Classic 2213. I read a lot of good things about the classic model.
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Thanks for the suggestion JuanSan. I looked it up, but ultimately went with the Eheim Classic 2213. I read a lot of good things about the classic model.
yeah you cant go wrong with either! Is everything else progressing well with your tank?


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yeah you cant go wrong with either! Is everything else progressing well with your tank?
Yes! Thanks for asking. The MC is filling out quite nicely. I think I will flood in 2 weeks. Next weekend I'm quite busy, but the weekend after I will have time to set up my Eheim. I'm so stoked!

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Looks like it's going to be a great tank. With a small school of fish, maybe some microrasboras, it will look fantastic. Great job, especially on a first tank


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Looks like it's going to be a great tank. With a small school of fish, maybe some microrasboras, it will look fantastic. Great job, especially on a first tank
Thanks! I was considering getting a small school of green neon tetras. My local aquarium store has them and they mesmerize me every time I visit. I was thinking about some crystal red shrimp as well.

I'm still unsure though. I think I'm going to let the tank stabilize for a few weeks after flooding, then see what wildlife will be suitable for the tank.
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Green neon tetras are lovely had a small batch for a while. Yeah I wait a month before stocking, but a few weeks is adequate for good practice.


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Yes! Thanks for asking. The MC is filling out quite nicely. I think I will flood in 2 weeks. Next weekend I'm quite busy, but the weekend after I will have time to set up my Eheim. I'm so stoked!

I never did a dsm personally but it seems like a lot of people after a couple of weeks run into yellowing and algae problems. I wonder why?


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I never did a dsm personally but it seems like a lot of people after a couple of weeks run into yellowing and algae problems. I wonder why?
I believe the yellowing is caused by a lack of CO2. If the tank doesn't have enough carbon or organic material in the substrate and if plastic wrap (commonly used to keep humidity high) restricts or blocks air entirely, the plants may not get enough of CO2.

As for algae, perhaps that's simply adding too much moisture. I feel that many people soak the substrate with a lot more water than they should in the DSM. DSM is meant to be a way to use high light cycles without the risk of algae, but with enough water (even though it isn't enough to submerge the substrate) it can still grow algae.

I actually had some algae begin to grow on the edges of my tank. Cutting back on moisture and light has reduced it significantly.
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I love it. That tank is going to be gorgeous when it's flooded!
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