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2.5G Iwagumi "White Flash" -DSM

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I didn't think I'd do these two things, and I definitely didn't think I'd do them at the same time! This is an Iwagumi with Dry Start Method! The tank is a standard 2.5G. Substrate is Miracle Gro Organic Choice capped with black sand (boy, that made a HUGE mess; never again will I use that stuff!) But, it will pay off in the long run. Now, I don't believe in low light tanks. I only do high light; I stuck a 10G incandescent stock hood on the tiny tank with two 15 watt 6500K spiral CFLs! With 12 wpg, I think I'm in the high light range. This will be an HC tank and I might add some E. parvula if I want to.
Oh man, this is gonna be sooooo FUN! I named this tank "Shiro No Hirameki", White Flash, because the stones I have are grey with white lightning bolts on them. Except you don't have a clear view because I got the stones from my other tank that covered them with Flourite Dust. Here are the pics!





When I flood it, it's gonna have a whisper 3i, Seachem Flourish & Tetra FloraPride 2x/week, DIY CO2, and API CO2 Booster.
For fauna.....it's gonna be the thing that I never thought I'd do...again. -gulp- I'm gonna keep RCS *DUN DUN DUUUUUN*. And since I'm an adventurous person, I'm gonna try and BREED the RCS *DUN. DUN. DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN.* LOL!

Since this is my first DSM tank, can anyone tell me if I'm doing something wrong? Thanks!

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Too much water. I would get a sponge and soak some of it up so all the HC doesn't melt.
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Too much water. I would get a sponge and soak some of it up so all the HC doesn't melt.
Really? When I read the the instructions for DSM it said to have the water level a few millimeters from the substrate. Should I just leave the substrate moist?
Also, what can I use to keep the humidity in the tank? I tried the plastic wrap but found out it touches the bulb so it's probably going to burn. Right now I just have aluminum foil on the tank. If you take a 10G hood and put it on a 2.5G you will see that the sides of the hood create and opening for the air to escape.
Last question: If I do DIY CO2 on this tank, what size bottle and how much yeast and sugar should I use? Sorry for all these questions; I'm new to DSM!
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For dsm, you don't want a standing pool of water. Looks like you have that towards the middle of your tank. It can cause algae or even some fungus. Drop the water level below the lowest part of your substrate. Cappilary(sp?) action will keep the rest of the substrate moist.

For keeoing the moisture in, use plastic wrap. Just dont stretch it tight. Let it dip a bit where it would normally hit the lights if possible. If not, use some plastic wrap and just lift the whole hood up using some scrap pieces of wood or something like that.

I would probably go with 2 1l bottles and alternate a new batch every 2 weeks or so. Doing 2 bottles keeps co2 levels a tad bit more consistent.


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Heh, ironic how I can spell "capillary", yet I don't know what it is. Could I hot glue the plastic wrap under the foil so it's guarded from the bulbs yet light can still pass through and air can't escape?
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