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Need DSM advice: browning anubias and web fungus

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3 weeks ago I started a small 3 gal DSM: with mini bolbits, anubias petite, UG, and some mini pellia

THis were going well. I covered it with seran wrap for 24 hours a day the first week, only uncovered to mist twice a day. water is below substrate

THen I started getting mold. Was reading that my humidity is too high. So I only mist once a day and leave a small sliver of wrap open all day.

Things were pretty steady for a bit, but now some of my anubias and mini bolbits leaves are starting to turn brown, and I have a light spider like web scattered around the tank.

So far I have aired out the tank for 8 hrs. All that happened was that my anubias leaves continued to brown. Spider web stuff remains. Then I sprayed tank with 1:4 hydrogen peroxide to water 1 spray to affected areas every 12 hrs and I have done that 4 times. no effect on spider web stuff

Anyone experience this before?

Wonder if anyone has any advice on how to salvage the rest of the anubias and get rid of the spider stuff?

should I get a nutrient spray and mist my anubias and mini bolbits?
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Wondering why you're dsming w/ those particular plants. Bolbitis and anubias are epiphytes, so getting them to "root" is almost pointless when they'd prefer to have water moving over their roots in the water column. UG doesnt form roots either (a carnivorous bladderwort), but can be grown emersed. And the pelia is something else that I think would do better flooded.

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I wouldnt spray the anubias or bolbitis w/ any kind of fert right now. I'd just flood the tank...


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The only plant you have that you can dry start with UG. The rest are better off in water. You should remove them and put them into a temporary tank. Use CO2 if you want faster growth rates.

As for that "spider web", you'll need to start over with the dry start if you want to thoroughly get rid of it. Remove all the UG you have, give it a good washing, and replant. To prevent mold from growing again you need to poke more/bigger holes into the saran wrap to allow for more air exchange.


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my dry start method is primarily for growing my UG thicker. and to be able to paint the moss on using the blender method

Is there a difference between emmersed and DSM? am I confused?

what if I just flood the tank?
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Yes, there is. They are similar concepts but slightly different. With a dry start you are giving plants a chance to root and spread, particularly carpeting plants. Emersed is just a REALLY fast way to grow plants for use in dry starts or, for full submersion. Either way you want fairly moist growing mediums. Wet, but not a swamp. Also, Anubias DOES do well grown either emersed or, DSM. I find to grow Anubias well either way the roots HAVE to be in contact with nutrients. So basically on/in the substrate. You CAN spray it with a VERY weak fertilizer solution if you are dry starting it on an object(wood/rock). Too strong will burn the plant.

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