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question about DSM..

i am getting closer to start my DSM . i am going to be using blasting sand and O+ caps. should i start the tank with no plants for a few days so the O+ caps can start releasing ferts before i plant or just set it up at the same time?
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What kind of plants will you be using?

Just start with plants from the beginning.


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Most likely HC, s. Repens and possibly A. Reineckii mini
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I'm also going to do a fissidens tree. Can this be done with dry start?
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What's a while? I plan on dry start for about a 4 week period. Also I'm not looking for the tree to be full looking just for the fissidens to attach so they don't float when I flood
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If I were you, I'd wait for the 'tree'. Use superglue gel to attach the Fissidens to the wood just before you flood the tank. That way you don't have to worry about it while focusing on the growth of other plants.

If you're not too worried about it being grown in by the time you flood, this method will work well for you.


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That sounds like a good idea. This way that's one less plant I have to purchase in the beginning.
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It'll require less misting, too! Every time I've tried to start Fissidens 'dry' on a piece of wood that wasn't near the substrate, I had to constantly mist the tank.

The white of the superglue may look gross for a week or two but it's totally worth it in the end not to have to mist it. Other plants are way more forgiving, fortunately.


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It'll require less misting, too! Every time I've tried to start Fissidens 'dry' on a piece of wood that wasn't near the substrate, I had to constantly mist the tank.

The white of the superglue may look gross for a week or two but it's totally worth it in the end not to have to mist it. Other plants are way more forgiving, fortunately.
yeah from what i have read i would have to mist the moss like 4x a day to keep it wet while trying not to saturate the surrounding substrate...

also should i add flourish when i mist? or just plain water will be ok?
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yeah from what i have read i would have to mist the moss like 4x a day to keep it wet while trying not to saturate the surrounding substrate...

also should i add flourish when i mist? or just plain water will be ok?
Just water, your substrate will provide all the nutrient it needs. Misting with ferts grows algae.


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