Dry-Start Method Plants
Hi! I’m almost ready to plant a 125g. The lighting is (2) 36” Finnex Planted+ 24/7 LEDs. The substrate will be as follows:
1.5” top soil
dusting of peat moss & mulm from established tank
topped with 1.5” Safe-T-Sorb (clay w/ high cec)
I’ll be doing a DSM for 8 weeks to mineralize the soil, cycle the tank, and establish carpeting plants. I believe that most of the plants listed below can be planted in a DSM except the Blyxa japonica. My questions to those who might know are:
1. Since all of the plants have been grown submerged, if I put them unnecessarily in the DSM, they’ll have to adapt to being emerged for 8 weeks and then back to being submerged. Is this too much for them? Except for groundcovers/mosses, should I just leave them in their temporary plant tank (pic attached)?
2. If I do leave some in the plant tank, should them be dosed in the interim? I plan on eventually dosing the flooded 125g at the suggested EI for mineralized substrate (measurements are per 20g, dosing once per week):
1/4tsp GH booster
I could plant the root feeders in the plant tank if needs be. That might be an argument for putting them all in the DSM, I suppose.
And lastly, should I remove the air stone in the plant tank? I’m thinking probably.
Thank you for any and all advice!
Callicostella sp pancuraji
Eleocharis acicularis - dwarf hair grass (DHG)
Micranthemum tweedei/umbrosom “Monte Carlo”
Hemianthus micranthemoides/glomeratos - baby tears (HM)
var. petite nana
Echinodorus unknown variety
Cryptocoryne wendtii “green”
Cryptocoryne red metallic affinis
Bucephalandra sp Velvet Leaf 4
Ranunculus aquatics (crowfoot/buttercup)
Hygrophilia ‘lo gro’
Needle leaf Java fern
Last edited by Butterfly Bettas; 10-17-2016 at 02:18 AM.
Reason: Did a little more plant research