Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Bangalore, India
I would suggest adding CO2 during the dry start. it will increase the rate of plant growth and you can complete the dry start process in 3 weeks. I use this method. I just leave the diffuser in the tank with no water and supply about 1 BPS. For humidity, you can spray water as needed. You can keep the lights on for 16-18 hours during dry start.
During the initial 2 weeks after flooding use a high amount of Co2 to help plants acclimatize and reduce gradually to normal levels from week 2 to week 3
I use ADA Amazonia substrate.