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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-14-2011, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Please help prepare for HC dry start method...

I had to temporarily take down my 57G and it will be going back up in a few weeks. I thought Iíd use this opportunity to grow emersed HC and prepare for my Iwagumi style tank. From what Iíve read, as long as the substrate is nutrient rich, this should be a painless process (assuming the roots stay wet). I donít think my substrate is rich enough to grow HC. Itís Eco-Complete and it doesnít hold any KNO3 so I anticipate nutrient issues.

Should I mix some ADA Aquasoil in with the Eco? Iím not sure how that will look in the long run.

I look forward to suggestions.

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Personally I am growing HC in a small 2.5g tank with ADA Aquasoil Amazonia donated from a friend. It is growing beautifully. I am not sure however how important of a role the soil actually plays out. Do you have a smaller tank that you can test out your soil with HC? That would be my recommendation as I'm sure you have plenty of it anyway. Don't worry, within a couple of days you will notice if the HC is growing or not. Check off the most important aspects though. Light, light cycle, keeping the tank covered and that the soil is covered in water (the soil, not the HC) - Look through the forum threads, there are plenty of guys here who have grown HC emersed into gorgeous carpets in tanks ranging from 2g all the way to 50+

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Couldn't you add KNO3 to the water? If the soil is saturated anyway, it would seem that the roots should still be able to access nutrients in the water between the pieces of substrate . . .

I don't see why that wouldn't work, but maybe someone else does.

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