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Dry Starting my sister's betta tank

So I wanted my sister to share the love of fish keeping. I am starting this tank for her hoping she will get into it more.

Right now I am dry starting it with Hydrocotyle Sp. Japan and some HC. I plan to add some Rotala rotundifolia after I fill it up and fix the river.

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I'd remove some of the water. You may run into mold. What is your substrate?
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This is my first time dry starting anything so I will remove some water

The substrate is dirt capped with sand. I plan for it to be a Walstad style tank. My sister is headed off to college so she is not going to have time for a high maintenance tank.
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Alright cool. Just lower it to below the surface of the substrate at the front of the tank. Even lower if you are going to be misting it.
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Its called "Dry start" for a reason The substrate just need's to be damp. No puddles allowed. This will just lead to fungus ime. And with the amount of water you have, algae too.


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Its called "Dry start" for a reason The substrate just need's to be damp. No puddles allowed. This will just lead to fungus ime. And with the amount of water you have, algae too.
+1 ^^^ this exactly! I have a thread under Low-tech, Low-tech DSM. I'll BUMP it so you can take a look.
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I've done a DSM with HC, and while it does just fine without CO2, I've heard other people have run into problems with it competing for CO2 when other species are present. Just something to watch for if the HC isn't doing well when you add the rotala!
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I have HC doing well in another low tech with a bunch of other stuff. I moved it in there because I kept losing it to my cories(corys?) and the filter. I wasn't expecting it to grow any. I was pleasantly surprised that it started growing. It will probably take it another 4 months to form a carpet but it is growing in well but very slowly.
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Once you get your "parameters" straight, the HC grows surprisingly fast emersed. Also the the competing for Co2 I have personally never experienced. Had HC successfully with several different plants, including stems/weeds/fast growers. To be honest I don't see all the hype about the HC, I've had no difficulty with it. Even in a non-co2 low tech. Though barley didn't grow, and when it did It grew upright, but it still survived fine. Added excel at regular doses to this tank. Without even excel I think it would die since HC does seem need more then the regular atmospheric carbon to survive. So you could just do a DSM mat of HC then fill it, and be fine.

A.Reineckiis and hygros though are a pain in the butt for me, but I love them so I just have to figure it out I guess


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I am not using excel in my the tank where my HC is growing. Could plants from different places act differently? I have DHG "growing" in a window in dirt. It is growing but very slowly. I have micro sword growing much faster in my high tech tank(develops a new leaf every other day). Almost everywhere I have read, DHG is supposed to grow faster than micro sword. I have not found that to be the case with what I have.
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