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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-19-2019, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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[Nano Cylinderscape] Moss Tree Hill

The goal of this project is to create a relatively low maintenance aquascape inside this 13L vase (approx. 27cm x 27cm excluding the base).

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The base is 4cm of Tropica Plant Growth Substrate, a peat base layer designed to reduce pH and release nutrients slowly. This is capped with 2cm of JBL ProScape Volcano Mineral, a highly porous volcanic rock intended to promote circulation, bacteria and nutrient supply.

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More volcanic rock is used to elevate a driftwood Bonsai Tree. Christmas Moss has already been attached to the tree using superglue gel. A single Dragon Stone is placed in the shaded area under the tree.

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Tropica Aquarium Soil Powder is a nutrient-rich, high CEC, all-in-one granular substrate which will complete the hardscape. A 3cm thick layer rises to 8cm, forming a hill at the back. More volcanic rock has been used to support the gradient but the soil depth reaches 5cm in some places. Four Anubias Petite are planted in the shaded area between the tree trunk and dragon stone.

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Dwarf Hairgrass Eleocharis Acicularis Sp. Mini (from Tropica 1-2-Grow line) is planted in bunches of 3-10 at a depth of 1-3cm. Most of the carpet will receive mid-high light but the some of the DHG will be slightly shaded by the tree.​

I am using the Dry Start Method but I have read mixed reports of using DSM with hairgrass. In one month I will be going away for 25 days. The house will not be empty so spraying, dosing, and water changes can be carried out but the tank will need to be stable during this period as I will not be able to deal with any surprises. I have an established filter ready, but this tank will not receive pressurized CO2.

Please comment your opinion, should I continue the Dry Start Method or Flood immediately?
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Looks cool! Following.
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DSM. But also, this looks awesome!
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Not sure about an answer to your question, but this is a cool experiment, looking forward to seeing how it turns out
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Awesome! How steady is that glassware? looks rather scary resting on that small area, especially when you fill it with water.

Looking forward to updates
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I did a dry start with hairgrass (E. acicularis 'mini' from Tropica tissue culture, just like yours). I'm really glad I did - the hairgrass was such a pain to plant, I'm sure most of it would have floated if I'd flooded right away, and the dry start let it root thoroughly and start to send out runners before I flooded. I let my dry start run for around four weeks (maybe a day or two under) with the hairgrass and some dwarf sag, then on flood day added all the other plants (a bunch of stems, moss, some crypts, java fern, etc).

In my experience with hairgrass since, I realized I could/should have originally planted it much deeper, which would have solved the floating issue. But I really liked that it was well rooted and already starting to spread when I flooded. I think you get some cycling started during the dry start too, and it's nice to get a jump start there. I'm planning to dry-start my next tank too.
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How is the project coming along Nadez?
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