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slopes and emmerse growth

Hi everyone,

I'm new to this forum as I'm new to planted tanks as well. I am setting up a 2.5 gallon tank in which I want to grow some dwarf hairgrass emmersed. The problem is that I have a big slope on one of the corners of the tank and if I fill the tank with water, then the plants on the lower level will be submerged. Is there a trick to this that maybe my newbie eyes aren't seeing?
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To do the dry start method(DSM) on such a small tank, you can wedge a piece of foam under the tank and tilt it back to match the slope or relatively close etc.
Looks weird for 3-6 weeks, but works.

As far as dwarf hairgrass and DSM, the "belem" variety will grow tall, about 4-6" tall emergent, but stays about 1-2" submersed FYI.

If you are fine with that, then go for it.




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To do the dry start method(DSM) on such a small tank, you can wedge a piece of foam under the tank and tilt it back to match the slope or relatively close etc.
Looks weird for 3-6 weeks, but works.

As far as dwarf hairgrass and DSM, the "belem" variety will grow tall, about 4-6" tall emergent, but stays about 1-2" submersed FYI.

If you are fine with that, then go for it.
Thank you so much. I just finished planting and the foam trick worked! I didn't know that actually. I guess I'm ok with it growing tall since I just want it to fill in the gaps. This is my second shot at DSM. Last one... well... didn't go so well.

Here is the tank. It's my first attempt at aquascaping, hence the crappiness Any tips/suggestions are welcome. When doing DSM, do I still need to use liquid ferts? I added a few root tabs to the soil.
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I put some excel in a water bottle (diluted) and would spray once a week or so, not very often, but I got good growth in addition to the root tabs. Make sure there are no standing puddles of water at the low points
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Start with lower water levels until plant catches up.
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