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Water level for my dry start set up

Evening all, so been doing a dry start for almost two weeks now however not getting any growth from the dwarf hairgrass.

so far I've been spraying the substrate so it's nice and moist and draining so it's under sand (red line) but my question is, due to the design of my scape, should I have the water level on the blue line so it's just under the soil substrate? Thanks all!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-03-2019, 09:58 PM
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Probably a good idea to have water up to the blue line.

You'll also have better hairgrass growth if you thin those patches out a lot. Plant in tiny portions in an alternating grid pattern. When you plant in thick patches like that, it takes a lot longer for things to grow in and look thick.

What kind of substrate are you using?


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Ah okay may try to add water up to that line tomorrow then. I'm guessing that will add up the risk of mould growing so will make sure to air it out more.
I'm using Tropica soil, made sure i add ferts in the spray bottle every now and then as there is none in the soil to begin with.
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Tropica substrate is not inert and does contain some nutrients for plants to use.

There may be an increased risk for mold but that's not that big of a deal. Regular misting and targeting areas where mold may be forming will help. You can also quickly remove it in a tank like yours.

But the increased water level will definitely give you better results. More bacteria will also begin to grow on surfaces and in the substrate, ultimately benefiting your tank when you finally flood it.


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