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Dry Start on sand?

Hey Guys i want to set up a 5g shrimp breeding tank and i was contemplating a dry start. I have a little bit of HC and HG I can get from my edge and a pot of glosso and some regular long hair grass. would it be worth it to do a dry start on sand since there are no nutrients? I can add some root tabs though to supplement growth.

Also ive seen a really informative thread on here about doing a dry start but i cant seem to find it. If any of you guys can point me the right way that would be awesome.

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I don't see why it wouldn't work
not sure on the thread location though


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If you fertilize your sand, I don't see why not. I would just mix it with some osmocote+ pellets. seems like you would get better/more even distribution than using tabs.

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If you fertilize your sand, I don't see why not. I would just mix it with some osmocote+ pellets. seems like you would get better/more even distribution than using tabs.
I would do like 1cm of sand + osmocote mixed, and then top it with another 3 or 4 cm, however thick you would like the substrate. That might even be too thick with sand only


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Osmocote works great. If you have a tank that you dose ferts in, then just fill a spray bottle with that tank water. When I used to have emersed setups, I would just fill my spray bottle with my ei-fertilized tank water. I used 3m colorquartz so no ferts there.


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