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Dry started my 5.5g

It's gunna be a long boring wait :\

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Top soil mixed with some osmocote and peat moss
Capped with Eco complete
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This is my first dry start so any advice and help is welcome.

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You should have cut the HC into a bunch of smaller pieces and spread it around throughout the whole tank if you're planning on doing a full carpet of the HC.

Remember to cover it in saran wrap to keep humidity up and poke a couple pencil sized holes in it to get fresh air in.

Mist once every day or two and make sure the water does not get past the substrate level. If it does, your HC will melt.

Last, don't rush it. Just be patient. I did my dry start for 3 months and everything came out pretty good so far. Don't get discouraged if the HC starts melting after you fill the tank. When I flooded my tank, after 2 weeks 50% of the HC melted. I just trimmed it all and new growth eventually replaced it.

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Looks like we pretty much have the same setup!
And you're right about that wait. It's going to be boring, but you'll have to learn to just leave it alone for weeks on end. The beauty of dry start is just that: you can just leave it for months and let it do it's thing. I haven't touched mine since I put the last rock in.
Some people like to mist, fertilize, poke holes, etc. But sealing and ignoring works well too.

And +1 for splitting it up. I swear, you'll have healthier, fuller carpet the more you break it up. If you look my tank now, you never would guess that the fuller side was once a bunch of individual stems. The increase in biomass is much more drastic.

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break up the hc like the others said. also, dont be afraid to push your rocks down into the substrate. right now it looks like they are all sitting on top of it, and not very natural.
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Il break up the hc when i get home tonight. Ill also push the rocks down a bit more. Ive got the tank covered pretty well so I just spray the plants a few times a day.

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So i broke the HC up and rearranged the rocks a bit. This looking better?



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rocks are definitely looks much more better this way
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