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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-18-2013, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Dry Start Questions

Hey guys,

I've just started my first DSM (see the link in my signature) and just want to be absolutely sure on a few things.

Firstly, am I right in thinking that you shouldn't let the water rise above the substrate, not even small puddles?

Also, should I put any nutrients into the spray bottle I am using? Maybe Flourish?

Lastly, I have two higher parts in opposite corners. I'm finding when I mist, these areas obviously dry out a lot quicker than the lower parts. If I mist a lot in these parts, I find it causes puddles elsewhere. Should I even be worried that these areas dry out? Is so, how should I go about making sure everything is evenly misted?

Many thanks in advance! =]

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You are on the right track. Do some searching for "Tom barr" and "dry start" in the same line, he has some excellent articles that outline the do's, and do nots.

Do not let the water get above the substrate, do blast the plants with as high as light as possible, don't worry about the taller area soil drying out, as long as there is moist underneath, then it won't matter.

For ferts, I was filling my spray bottle from my tank water on a tank I heavily EI dose, and then showed to work very well. Using a non-inert soil like MTS or aquasoil will also help supplement the dry start process.
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