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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-05-2012, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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DSM Question

I am a couple of weeks into my 6 - 8 weeks of trying the Dry Start Method using mineralized top soil topped with Estes black aquarium gravel in my 40 gallon breeder tank. I have planted marsilea quad, a couple of types of moss, dwarf hairgrass and staurogyne repens as my foreground / carpeting plants. Instead of slowly filling the tank just below the gravel level I have been misting until I see a number of puddles letting me know that the soil and gravel are saturated. I had heard that this was a better way of starting the DSM.
My question is what happens if after the 6 to 8 weeks all I have is melted foreground plants? Do I dig them all up, replant new ones and continue to fill the tank with other plants then wait and add fish a week or 2 later?
Thanks for any information and advice.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-05-2012, 02:56 PM
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The short answer to your question: Yes.

Though, you probably won't have any melting at all if you keep up on your misting and such. Many people get nervous about dry starting plants only to find out its super-easy and stress-free.


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