Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Talking about the plants. When you do a DSM (dry start method) you allow the plants to grow emerged in moist soil to allow the roots to take and allow the plant to begin to carpet. I used this method on my old TruAqua 8.7 gallon tank and it worked beautifully. A good period I have found for DSM is around 3-4 weeks to allow the roots to take and to allow the plants to grow and spread.
When you fill a tank and then plant it, the only real difference I found was that it is more work to keep the plants attached to the substrate for the first couple weeks, but after that the plants will grow fine. If you are using a plant such as dwarf baby tears you will need to inject co2 if you plant them after the water is in the tank, otherwise growth will be very slow.
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