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