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65g dry start - It begins!



I planted it up just now. There are 3 Crypt lucens, 1 Crypt parva, and 3 pots of Lilaeopsis maritius. Substrate is eco complete with 5 teaspoons osmocote plus. I saran wrapped the top and left a small opening on one side. I'm running 2x39w T5HOs during the dry start, with plans to cut back to a single bulb once I fill it with water (not going to use CO2).

This is my first dry start, and I'm pretty nervous about it.
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Never tried dry start, I'm interested to see how this turns out.
Looks good so far!

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Out of curiosity - why dry start? To prevent early algae issues?

Most folks do a dry beginning with Hemianthus callitrichoides since it grows faster emersed, and less issues with dislodging and algae.


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Yeah im curious as well. The crypts will put out emergent leaves and when you fill you'll have to wait for them to switch back. Nice tank BTW.

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Mostly curiousity, since I've never tried it before. I'd also like the lilaeopsis to get nice and thick and rooted before filling. I am going low tech and expect slower growth once immersed. This is an office tank, so I'd like the carpet to fill in. Regarding the crypts, I didn't put too many in there. I just wanted to see how they did with the dry start.

We'll see how it goes.
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Looks good.

How long are you going to let it grow emmersed?
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I have no idea how long I'm going to leave it this way. I might chicken out in a week, or maybe It'll do well and I'll leave it running a couple months like this. I'm hoping for about 6 weeks, but I really have no idea what to expect.
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I have no idea how long I'm going to leave it this way. I might chicken out in a week, or maybe It'll do well and I'll leave it running a couple months like this. I'm hoping for about 6 weeks, but I really have no idea what to expect.
fair enough.

Make sure to update. I love seeeing before and after pics.
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Will do. I plan to take pics once a week for progression shots. I'm a terrible photographer with just a cell phone cam though. Should still be good enough to show the progression.

This morning the plants look better than I expected them to after the weekend, especially the lilaeopsis which has really perked up. I brought in some water from my 10g taken just a bit after dosing to mist with.
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1 week in. Not much growth, but the lilaeopsis has greened up. As expected, all of the crypts are beginning to melt. The parva is the worst. I have some white fungus/mold on the mopani root. I'm just ignoring it.

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2 weeks in. Seeing significant new growth on the lilaeopsis and 2 of the 3 Crypt lucens. The third lucens is doing nothing. The Crypt parva looks really sad and pathetic.



It is a little hard to see, but I tried a closeup that turned out better than I expected with my poor photo skills and nothing but a cell phone cam. All the shorter leaves on the lilaeopsis are new, and there are a bunch of them all over the tank. It is looking like it might start really taking off soon.

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Oh and the duckweed is doing wonderfully in a puddle... (((( loud cussing ))))

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The closeup looks great. Nice job on the Lilaeopsis. The Crypts might need a bit more time, but should come around as well. Will be interesting to see how they react to getting submersed. Or just keep it as a dry tank.


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Hehe! I won't be leaving the office tank dry. I already get enough questions about why I have an empty tank with saran wrap on it!

Like I said about the crypts, I just put them in there for the heck of it since I had them and wanted to see what they did. The lucens are responding just fine. 2 of them are taking off and the third is holding out ok. The parva though... Blech... It looks terrible.
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3 weeks in. Lilaeopsis is showing tons of new growth all over. I'm very happy with how it is working out with the foreground so far. The crypts are doing better. 2 of the lucens are taking off. The third had been languishing but finally put up a new leaf this week. The parva looks MUCH better this week than last and has sent up a new leaf. 2 of the older leaves didn't melt like the rest and actually look good this week. Sadly, the duckweed is also doing very well even though I've been picking it out. Man I hate that stuff...

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