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Dry start method

I have a couple questions regarding a future carpeted tank.
1. I am going with Monte Carlo for a carpeting plant. Do you recommend dry start?

2. Should I use all ADA Amazonia, or should I put a small layer of ADA Amazonia powder on top? If so, how much powder would I need for a top layer for a 90P?

3.If I am carpeting the entire tank, how many containers of Monte Carlo tissue culture cups should I buy with the dry start method?

I appreciate all the help.
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A few questions, are you going to be using co2 when the tank is flooded? What size tank is this?


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A few questions, are you going to be using co2 when the tank is flooded? What size tank is this?
Yes I will be using CO2. My lighting will be a twinstar 900S.
Tank is 50 gallons
36X18X18
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Yes I will be using CO2. My lighting will be a twinstar 900S.
Tank is 50 gallons
36X18X18
So if you are running CO2, dry start will still give you a slight boost in speed of your carpet spreading, but not nearly as much as if you were not running CO2 in a low tech tank. There is also the possibility of your plants not doing well with the transition when you go submerged. Some people have no issue with this, others have their whole carpet die off. If it were me, I wouldn't bother with dry start if I was already planning to run CO2 for a carpet, especially something like monte carlo which tends to take over a tank anyway.

I assume you have a plan for fertilizers since you are running high light and CO2?

Not sure how many tissue culture containers it would take to carpet the bottom. I would think at least 4? But really you should just watch some videos on youtube for this, folks use monte carlo all the time, you should get a good idea of how much you will need. And if you need more, its not a big deal to add a couple more containers.
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Yes I will be using CO2. My lighting will be a twinstar 900S.
Tank is 50 gallons
36X18X18
So if you are running CO2, dry start will still give you a slight boost in speed of your carpet spreading, but not nearly as much as if you were not running CO2 in a low tech tank. There is also the possibility of your plants not doing well with the transition when you go submerged. Some people have no issue with this, others have their whole carpet die off. If it were me, I wouldn't bother with dry start if I was already planning to run CO2 for a carpet, especially something like monte carlo which tends to take over a tank anyway.

I assume you have a plan for fertilizers since you are running high light and CO2?

Not sure how many tissue culture containers it would take to carpet the bottom. I would think at least 4? But really you should just watch some videos on youtube for this, folks use monte carlo all the time, you should get a good idea of how much you will need. And if you need more, its not a big deal to add a couple more containers.
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I have just heard it is hard to keep carpeting plants in the soil once you add water. I really like HC but from what I have read it can be very difficult.

Do I need to have powder on the surface for carpeting plants? Or will regular Amazonia be fine?
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