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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-25-2019, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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So I'm off on my first planted tank, I just started the dry start method. I went to get some dwarf hair grass and Christmas moss...neither of which they had. So I picked up some Bonsai Anubias and something else that was a bit taller, but can't quite remember the name. I have the light on 12 hours, have been keeping it pretty moist and the plants seem to be doing well so far, but the root tabs have this white fuzzy stuff growing on them. Should I just removed them until I put water in, or try to deal with whatever it is?

I removed the tabs and let things dry out so there is no sitting water and it seems to have helped. However I'm not sure if they are dying, or it's just normal melt and I shouldn't be worried.

Anybody out there??? I feel like they are for sure starting to die now, and I'm not sure what to do? The background plants at least, the bonsai anubias are doing fine

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The dry start method is not good for tall plants. These plants take in a lot more nutrients from their stems and leaves. Being out of water for a long time isn't going to help the plant in the long run. DSM is better for low plants with runners that spread out across the substrate.
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