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Dry Start Method Question?!?

Hey guys for the dry start method do you guys mix ferts in the water you're using to mist the tank? I'm using fluval stratum substrate mixed with fluorite black sand, both indicate they promote plant growth. Certain parts of the HC is going thru a terrible melt and I'm unsure if it's normal or due to fert deficiencies. Please help me out
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I take tank water from my other tanks....has all of the ferts used in the EI method of fertilizing. Macros and Micros...I imagine there is some excel in there too. I put this in a bottle and add tap water to it to make a 1:1 ratio of tank:tap water...seems to work fine for HC and DHG. However, I am using a soil substrate capped with sand....there are osmocote granules in the soil as well...so I'm sure the deeper rooting dwarf hairgrass is pulling a lot from the dirt...not sure about the HC.
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I've used the dry start method on many tanks to great success very time. I did NOT use any ferts whats so ever on any occasion. Just straight tap water in a spray bottle.


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hmmmmm, ive never even thought about dry starting?
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if you guys can tell the patches of HC in the back and by the hardscape are suffering the most. is this normal for dry start ?

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if you guys can tell the patches of HC in the back and by the hardscape are suffering the most. is this normal for dry start ?
As the HC is higher up (and further away from the moist substrate), it may simply require more spraying.

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