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"Florida Mountains" 29 Gallon



So this is my first tank journal. I started my first planted tank about a month and a half ago. I am addicted now I just purchased another 29 gallon and I am going for a mountain scape look. Not going for perfection on scale or anything just thought the rocks would look good. They are moss rocks which I was told will not work but I will be a guinea pig for anyone else considering using them. Worse case scenario I will pull them out if they give me any problems. I boiled them for a couple of hours so hoping that got rid of anything. I am going to give the dry start method a try to really get a good carpet going before filling this tank up. Hoping it works out well. Any suggestions on the scape or tips for dry start method with mineralized top soil and sand cap?

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Light: Odyssea 48wt T-5HO Fixture
Filtration: Sun-Sun Hw302 Filter
CO2: Pressurized Paintball CO2 System with Rex Griggs Reactor
Substrate: Mineralized Top Soil with a Playsand Cap
Hardscape: Moss Rocks

Flora (Going Simple):
Staurogyne Repens Midground
Utricularia Graminifolia Foreground
Blyxa Japonica Background (wont go in until I fill it up obviously)
Flame Moss On Rocks

Fauna:
10-20 Schooling Fish
Possibly some Otto's
5-Pygmy Cories
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I love the look of the hardscape right now. I reminds me of a beach that I have gone to. I would do a dry start, it worked well for me. You probably shouldn't have cories and otos, there wouldn't be enough algea, so go with only one or the other. But if you didn't, you would have to feed extra algea wafers.
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looks great man!


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I agree that it looks like a beach. Corydoras do not eat algae so dont worry about that. Sand will work very well with the corys as it wont scratch up their barbels. The otos on the other hand do better in an aged tank so make sure they get fed.

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Oh, sorry I haven't kept them before I thought they were algea eaters. But it probably still would be good to feed algea wafers as an extra for the otos, like I said above.
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Thanks everyone I am thinking that once it fills in it wont look so much like a beach anymore, hah. But still it wont be hard on the eyes in the mean time. Do any of you see a problem with using MTS and sand with the DSM? From my experience the sand feels almost compacted when it isn't submerged and I know most say you dont want any pooling water, thoughts?
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I've used playsand in the past and it compacts like crazy. Maybe add trumpet snails? Also, I know with brown color playsand I've used before, after rinsing it lost all of its color. Did you prerinse at all?


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See I have never noticed my other tank compacting it actually feels super soft and pillow like when the tank is filled. I am just wondering if it is going to be a problem going with the DSM since my sand is not going to be pillow soft like it is when it is filled. I prerinsed it until I could literally poor my hose into it and the water was crystal clear in the bucket after 10 seconds so I dont think this stuff is going to lose its color however it is not quite as dark as it looks in pictures.
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Another question can you grow flame moss immersed?
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I use playsand in my 75 gallon. The assassin snails in there burrow in and out very well. The MTS should be fine.

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Anyone know about the flame moss grown immersed?
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I have never heard of it being grown emersed. I'd try it out and see how it goes. Just make sure it stays moist.

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Somehow Flame Moss has been growing on the HOB filter on my 2.5g. It's growing really well and is about to cover the flow control knob. So I would say yes, it can grow emersed. Just keep it moist and thin. I believe my emersed growth started from a stray strand or two stuck in the filter floss.


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tuffgong: Cool good to know!

Update: I got all of my UG planted. Does anyone have any experience planting this stuff. I felt like I was trying to plant individual hairs off my head but having to plant them all with the roots going down. This stuff is some tiny stuff. I will post a picture of day one with my UG planted.
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