"No touch" dry start? - The Planted Tank Forum
 1Likes
  • 2 Post By Kubla
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-28-2017, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 84
"No touch" dry start?

Greetings Everyone,

I am currently planning my first planted tank build, but since I will be out of the country for four weeks this fall, I was going to wait until I return before starting to add plants. Then I read about the dry start method and that got me thinking: if I start the tank using the dry start method a couple weeks before I left on my trip, could I leave the system untouched for the four weeks that I am away from home?

Is this a possibility or should I just forget about it and start things up when I get back from my trip?

Thanks!
TMQ
Mighty Quinn is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-28-2017, 12:02 PM
Planted Member
 
katas's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 215
Note I have not done the Dry Start Method personally.

From what I have read you keep part of the plastic wrap pealed back to allow for Co2 to circulate in the aquarium. Otherwise you starve the plants of that within no time. Secondary issue when leaving the plastic wrap pealed back is a loss of humidity which you need to spray or add further moisture manually. Perhaps someone else with experience has some pointers to solve your 4 week absence however I would just wait personally.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mighty Quinn View Post
Greetings Everyone,

I am currently planning my first planted tank build, but since I will be out of the country for four weeks this fall, I was going to wait until I return before starting to add plants. Then I read about the dry start method and that got me thinking: if I start the tank using the dry start method a couple weeks before I left on my trip, could I leave the system untouched for the four weeks that I am away from home?

Is this a possibility or should I just forget about it and start things up when I get back from my trip?

Thanks!
TMQ

"It's not so much about keeping fish or plants, it's about keeping clean water."

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
katas is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-28-2017, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 84
Quote:
Originally Posted by katas View Post
Note I have not done the Dry Start Method personally.

From what I have read you keep part of the plastic wrap pealed back to allow for Co2 to circulate in the aquarium. Otherwise you starve the plants of that within no time. Secondary issue when leaving the plastic wrap pealed back is a loss of humidity which you need to spray or add further moisture manually. Perhaps someone else with experience has some pointers to solve your 4 week absence however I would just wait personally.
Hi Katas!

I have the ability to flow CO2 into the tank, so that shouldn't be a problem as long as I can "set it and forget it".

Regarding the water loss, I might be able to get someone to add water and mist once per week, but not more frequently than that.

Cheers!
TMQ
Mighty Quinn is offline  
 
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-28-2017, 12:25 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Watercrayfish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: NJ
Posts: 513
Dry start need frequent misting. Bad idea.

I would let the tank cycle for one month with plants.
Watercrayfish is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-28-2017, 12:29 PM
Planted Member
 
katas's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 215
would be "fine" with auto dosing & co2.. still a single point of failure if you are away should something go wrong.

"It's not so much about keeping fish or plants, it's about keeping clean water."

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
katas is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-28-2017, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 84
Hi Everyone

What about using an auto mister like this one? I could probably get someone to refill the auto mister once per week.

Cheers,
TMQ
Mighty Quinn is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-28-2017, 01:12 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: United States
Posts: 1,748
Impatience will exponentially increase the chance for failure with a planted tank. You've waited years to start your first planted tank, what's another 4 weeks?
houseofcards and houseofcards like this.
Kubla is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-29-2017, 09:58 AM
Moderator
 
Darkblade48's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 11,712
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mighty Quinn View Post
Hi Everyone

What about using an auto mister like this one? I could probably get someone to refill the auto mister once per week.

Cheers,
TMQ
No, a humidifer will not work.

I also echo the sentiments of others; I would just wait until you come back to start your aquarium.

Anthony


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
and
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Eheim Pimp #362 - Eheim 2213 x2, Eheim 2028, Eheim 2217, Eheim surface skimmer and Eheim autofeeder.
Victor Pimp #33 - HPT272-125-350-4M
Darkblade48 is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-29-2017, 11:35 AM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 22
I recently flooded a dry start tank and like everyone said you'll have to frequently mist it, crack open the seal to allow some fresh co2 etc, definitely wait until you have the time to commit to it
jlau28 is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-30-2017, 06:40 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Chlorophile's Avatar
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: State of Emergency
Posts: 2,060
I tried this on a 2 week trip. Everything was going great but when I got back there was a yellow spot that, it started to spread and most of the plants died.
I had the tank sealed and co2 on a 2 hour a day timer..
Idk what caused it.
Chlorophile is offline  
post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-30-2017, 07:33 AM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chlorophile View Post
I tried this on a 2 week trip. Everything was going great but when I got back there was a yellow spot that, it started to spread and most of the plants died.
I had the tank sealed and co2 on a 2 hour a day timer..
Idk what caused it.


I believe the tank has to be aired out daily for at least 20-30 minutes to allow for some fresh air/co2 exchange, other than that, was the water level too high perhaps?
jlau28 is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome