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Dry start method- knowing when to fill?

I've done the DSM in my mini-L for just over two weeks... Using UG... My question is when do I know it's ready to be filled?

Is the purpose to spread the UG to cover the entire foreground? Or to establish good roots?

So far i have noticed new growth, and can see deep roots spreading along the front glass...

I do have press. Co2 ready to go full blast once I fill it...

I don't mind waiting, I just want to find the right balance between good growth and the least amount of melting.

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Can you explain what you are doing so that people like me know what the abbreviations stand for and what the dry start method is?
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At this point when ever you want. I used to to let the entire carpet fill in the whole tank. But you can fill it up now. Especially since you have co2 to help it "acclimate" to submersed settings. Looks good, good luck.

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Tree tom, people use dry start method, DSM, to help roots establish themselves because some plants grow pretty well emmersed (grown out of water in a moist environment).

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Once they have grown enough, you fill it up with water and crank up the co2 and ferts because a lot of plants tend to melt when they convert to the submerged form of itself.

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Interesting, didn't know this method.
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Interesting, didn't know this method.
It's relatively easy to do.... check out my journal...

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When the UG have completely carpeted the ground. Usually by that time the root system should also be highly established, otherwise they wouldnt be covering that far.

Plus that's really the whole purpose of Dry-Start Method, to get the carpet up and out asap. Strong root is just a given that come naturally.

UG is a pretty fast plant even under water I heard, so Dry-Start should be a walk in the park. Also they will flower emerged.
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What is UG?
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What is UG?
A foreground grass looking plant... Utricularia graminifolia(sp?) lol it's close

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Interesting concept. May try it out some time. Thanks
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