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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2012, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Dry Start Method issue

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So I am a few weeks into the DSM with my 40 gal breeder and I even added some local ground moss from a nearby park and my backyard thinking since I have dirt under the gravel and the tank is wet but not filled these might grow.
Today I had to remove one of the moss sections mounted on an old plastic HOB filter screen as the whole thing went from healthy green to cotton white.
The rest of my foreground plants also look to have melted or turned brownish. I know that just because I misted heavily instead of flooding the tank to below the gravel level it still might be too wet. Now I am trying to dry out the gravel by not misting it at all. The tank receives 9 hours of light a day and I have the glass lid on except for 2 spaces along the back where I have added some plastic wrap. It certainly is not airtight but it should be closed off enough to maintain moisture for growth. I usually only cover the open back spaces during the day then cover them with the plastic wrap at night. Any suggestions or advice - thanks.
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I think the cover is important to keep the humidity high and I'm not sure on the water volume but I have seen many tanks started with the water just below the top of the gravel. You might want to post this in the Aquascaping section or Plants.


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You are over thinking it, really. Fill the tank up enough to where the water is not puddling anywhere in the tank. If you have extreme slope, wedge the part of the tank up where it is low to prevent puddling. Light mist once or twice daily. Keep it covered all the time. Do not be afraid of longer photoperiods.


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Thanks Texas Cichlid your advice about not over thinking this DSM method too much makes the most sense and I am going to follow it. I took the hinged glass lid off the tank put some Saran Wrap on the tank top and lightly misted and this alone seems to have made a difference as the tank appears to be more humid inside. I do not plan to fill the tank and add more plants and fish until at least the end of August or early September and I hope to have good carpeting by then. Thanks again.
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I've been fighting some fungus in mine, so I end up leaving the plastic wrap on at night and letting it vent during the day. The fungus is receding.
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