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Fluval spec planning? (planting HC from an emerged setup?)

So I have A lot of HC growing emersed, and tomorrow I will be getting the Fluval spec. So, two questions: is the spec's stock light capable of growing HC? I will dose excel daily, and if necessary, pressurized co2. And 2: how do I transplant HC from my emersed setup to the tank for a dry start? I've only planted HC from a pot... And how long should I have the dsm going? I will have enough to fill the bottom, but how long shall I let it go for proper roots to develop? Thanks.

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Cmon, I really could use some help here!

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You never know til you try. I'd grow it submerged as soon as possible. Plant it DEEP. Lot of Excel or CO2 will help. It'll take at least a month closer to two to really establish....maybe supplement the stock light with a CF bulb during the grow out stage.

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I have never had problems switching HC from emersed to submersed. However I use CO2 and do not dose Excel. When grown emersed the new HC leaves are a bit larger. I've never had the yellowing or melting I've read about. I dose EI emersed and submersed.

You can take small stems of HC that are 2-4 segments long and simply lay them leaf side up directly on the substrate. The new growth and roots will work their way down and take hold.

I agree with shrimpnmoss that adding in some extra light might be a good idea when doing the dry start. It can't really hurt anything, as long as the lights aren't on for more than 12 hours max. You'll know there is enough light if the HC is growing out nice and flat.

Not sure if any of that helps you out

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