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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-26-2014, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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DSM PROS and CONS??

I was wondering what people think about DSM and their experiences. I'm a little hesitant on trying it but I really want a tank with a nice dwarf hair grass carpet. What are the biggest mistakes people do when using the DSM, what to look for or anything helpful tips?


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In my experience, DSMing my hair grass greatly reduced the time it would have taken to carpet. Same goes for all other plants I've done in that method. In my paludariums, I use mostly emersed aquatics and they do great. Another benefit is that it can start to get your substrate hoppin' biologically.

Only draw back I'd say would be the slow growth and leaf loss that happens sometimes when you fill up the tank and the plants start to adjust. However, w/ a healthy root system, they will bounce back quickly if they do suffer at all.


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Are you planning to use CO2 after DSM?

I went DSM with DHG before and it took longer than start out with CO2 while waiting for tank to cycle .. 1st two weeks, there were not a lot of growth but the 3rd week on the DHG really took off.
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The only downside is you have to wait before adding water and livestock. If you have patience, It's a great way get your plants established.


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oh ok well no I'm not planing to use co2 and I got all the time in the world so it's no issue


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