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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-14-2018, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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35G Iwagumi-style tank, dry-start method

Hi all,

We're starting a 35G Iwagumi style tank, first time trying a true aquascape. In order to get the carpet growing strong, we'll be going with the dry start method.

The substrate is a mixture of Spaghnum peat moss, organic potting soil (moss, worm castings, etc), capped with 1-2 in of black sand.

Carpet plants will be Micanthramum Monte Carlo, the rocks will be capped with Java moss.

Not sure about the arrangement of the hardscape... Any suggestions would be very welcome!
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Ok so I haven't been great with providing updates, but here we are several months later... I abandoned the dry start method after seeing little to no growth, and flooded the tank. The original substrate wasn't capped sufficiently and the whole tank turned into a brown muddy mess.

Fast forward after capping it with flourite and replanting the Monte Carlo, and adding some alternathera reineckii, along with RCS, a few amanos, Otos, and cardinal/neon tetras... It's flourishing now and the Monte Carlo is beginning to carpet nicely!
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