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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-07-2017, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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ADA 30C Iwagumi Journal - Third Time Charmed?

Been out of the hobby for a while now and got bitten by the bug again, so here goes. Dry starting the plants with a 12 hour photoperiod.


Current -
Tank: ADA 30C - 30x30x30 cm
Substrate: ADA Aquasoil Amazonia
Hardscape: Seiryu Stone
Light: Finnex FugeRay Planted+ (12")
Root Tabs: Homemade Osmocote Plus gel tabs
Future - (after dry start completes)
Filter: Azoo HoB
CO2: None planned. Excel for bioavailable carbon.
Ferts: EI
Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba' (dwarf baby tears)
Hydrocotyle tripartita 'Japan'
Lilaeopsis mauritiana (Mauritius micro sword)
Micranthemum umbrosum (giant baby tears)
Rotala rotundifolia

Some description of red shrimp for contrast against the green. RCS or CRS.
Celestial Pearl Danio - I've always wanted to keep these guys.


Playing around at the store [2017.09.18]

At home [2017.09.24]

Planted [2017.09.28]

9 day progress - I see roots, the HC is spreading and the hydrocotyle is looking happy! [2017.10.07]

Returning to the hobby, for the second third time.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-14-2017, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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I'm about 16 days in to the dry start and the roots on all the plants seem to have developed pretty well. Unfortunately I've been blighted by mold - white, stringy, spider-web like strands on and around a lot of my plants. I tried drying my tank out (which was previously covered 100% of the time), keeping it only half covered and spraying with 4:1 water and 3% hydrogen peroxide, and have so far been unable to control the mold. I'm thinking I can either spray with 100% Excel which other people have found helps control algae or mold, or flood the tank now even though I was planning on flooding at the 6 - 8 week mark.

Does anybody have any suggestions?

Returning to the hobby, for the second third time.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-15-2017, 12:15 PM
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That looks nice. I would seriously consider going with co2. Some of those plants including the HC will falter without it once it's flooded.

Also skip the root tabs. No reason to put those in with aquasoil and EI dosing. Ferts won't be a problem.
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