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Starting new tank with dry start

Setting up a new 33 gallon Mr. Aqua, and will be doing a dry start with HC and S. Repens, will add some Blyxa Japonica behind to rock to the right when I fill up the tank.

The filter is a wet/dry, light is a 10K Buildmyled that I had bought a few years ago and had it brand new in the box, Aquasoil and the stand is custom built. There will be CO2 when I fill the tank.








I drained the water that was pooling on the front left after I took this pictures so there is very little water above the substrate. My plan was to keep the water level below the surface, but I ran into a little issue:

I first set up the layout earlier this week and then ordered the plants online which I received today. When I first opened the Aquasoil to set up the layout it was a little moist but after a few days of sitting in my tank waiting for the plants it completely dried out. Today when I added water I noticed it wasn't absorbing in the Aquasoil at all, and wasn't wicking up at all the same way it would have if I had not let it completely dry out:



This is why I tried to add a little more water to try to get more of the AS to soak a little, but anything above the water line is totally dry so I'm not sure whether the plants on the steeper parts are going to make it. I sprayed the plants and then completely sealed the top for now hoping that would help things a little but will need to air it out often to keep fungus at bay.

I'm hoping with the tank sealed overnight the Aquasoil will have absorbed some moisture to wick the water up a little. I'll report back on progress.


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5 week progress:



Blyxa Japonica is in transit and should arrive tomorrow, filling the tank then. Glad there were no fungus or Cyanobacteria issues!

I'll also see whether this will help keep the shrimp that I'll be adding later in the tank:




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Looks good so far, keep updating!

Your HC is growing in well.
It grows quite fast with CO2 in the tank, staying on top of trimming is a must. Of course, your shrimp will come investigate the scissors while you trim, making you very nervous the whole time.

Best of luck!
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Looks good so far, keep updating!



Your HC is growing in well.

It grows quite fast with CO2 in the tank, staying on top of trimming is a must. Of course, your shrimp will come investigate the scissors while you trim, making you very nervous the whole time.



Best of luck!


Yep, been there before! The whole time I was trimming I was thinking whether shrimp would grow legs back, you know, in case of a mishap...

I found that the first 1-2 times I trimmed a dense carpet of HC it came back strong, but then it would lose steam a little. I read somewhere a while ago that this is due to roots dislodging during the cutting process , not sure if it's true. It doesn't explain why it only happens after a few cuttings, but not the first few cuttings.
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