Going to abandon DSM this time around
I decided to try and mix what sounded like 2 great ideas: Mineralized soil and the Dry Start Method.
I have a 40 gal breeder tank and I filled it with about 1 - 2 " of MTS just the way Aaron Talbot laid it out in the instructions and I topped it off with Estes black aguarium gravel. I set the tank up with a large piece of mopani wood, 2 medium slate caves and 2 pieces of slate buried and I planted some mosses, marsilea quad, staurogyne repens and dwarf hairgrass for the front of the tank via the DSM misting the plants and substrate with conditioned water and some excel mixed in. I have 2 - 39 watt T5HO light bulbs in a Deep Blue SolarMax fixture with one 5000K bulb and one 6700K bulb - lights on this tank for 10 hours a day. After a couple of weeks I noticed that nearly all of the plants turned brown with a couple turning cotton white. I have since removed them all, dried the gravel and took out a large puddle. I also noticed a slight pungent odor even though the soil had no odor when put into the tank after it was mineralized so I think I should just forget about DSM this time around and just fill the tank, plant as usual filter any cloudy water then will add only enough fish to cycle this tank.
I am trying to grow some aquarium plants in a covered plastic container using the DSM in moistened Miracle Grow Potting Soil and will add those plants if successful. Thanks to all.
Last edited by Aquaman55g; 07-20-2012 at 01:43 PM.