What is the filter media in the filter? Did you add all the fish and shrimps at once?
Itís just the standard carbon cartridge that comes with the aqua clear 300. Iím trying to source something else I can put in there in the meantime. Iím going to upgrade the filter to a external canister real soon.
No, I added the fish and shrimp in stages and I ran my filter in a mates tank for a couple of weeks before I added into my tank to try and build some beneficial bacteria.
Hey guys, as Iím slowly building my 260gallon, I decided to experiment with DSM on my 18gal.
Iíve planted Monte Carlo and hair grass into organic garden soil with a coarse sand cap and painted some java moss into the rockscape.
After 6 weeks I deemed it a success and flooded the tank, itís been flooded for 2 weeks and has had no die-back and the plants continue to grow.
Hey there! I'm about to flood my tank after about 6 weeks of dsm for monte carlo as well! I found it super awesome that you had no die-back, as I'm really worried that my monte carlo will melt/have a bad transition. Do you think you could give me some tips on what you did to achieve this? Did you double-dose excel in the beginning? Did you reduce your photoperiod and/or light intensity after flooding? What was your process right after filling in regards to water changes, and are you still doing water changes frequently? Thanks :-)
Btw, your tank looks amazing :-)
No problem mate i was also dreading flooding my tank as it looked so nice and Iíd heard that it would melt without cO2 injection. Iíll try and give you all the details.
I used an organic garden soil with a coarse river sand cap, I was misting with water and organic liquid ferts during DSM.
I was running my lights for 12-14 hours per day and after flooding I reduced them to about 6 hours per day, I double dose excel every day and use flourish once per week. Iím doing 30% waterchanges 2x per week and a 50% waterchange once per week.
I have a good amount of flow in the tank as I purchased a small wave maker 1000-2000lph and thatís really important for algae prevention and ensuring nutrients are carried throughout the tank.
My tank is growing really well, Iíve noticed so much new hair grass growth popping up around the tank and my java moss is getting really green and long.
Thankyou for the compliment of my tank and good luck with your own!