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Talking Dry-Start Method Plants

Hi! I’m almost ready to plant a 125g. The lighting is (2) 36” Finnex Planted+ 24/7 LEDs. The substrate will be as follows:
1.5” top soil
dusting of peat moss & mulm from established tank
topped with 1.5” Safe-T-Sorb (clay w/ high cec)

I’ll be doing a DSM for 8 weeks to mineralize the soil, cycle the tank, and establish carpeting plants. I believe that most of the plants listed below can be planted in a DSM except the Blyxa japonica. My questions to those who might know are:

1. Since all of the plants have been grown submerged, if I put them unnecessarily in the DSM, they’ll have to adapt to being emerged for 8 weeks and then back to being submerged. Is this too much for them? Except for groundcovers/mosses, should I just leave them in their temporary plant tank (pic attached)?

2. If I do leave some in the plant tank, should them be dosed in the interim? I plan on eventually dosing the flooded 125g at the suggested EI for mineralized substrate (measurements are per 20g, dosing once per week):
1/4tsp GH booster
1/4tsp KNO3
1/8tsp KHSPO4

I could plant the root feeders in the plant tank if needs be. That might be an argument for putting them all in the DSM, I suppose.

And lastly, should I remove the air stone in the plant tank? I’m thinking probably.

Thank you for any and all advice!


*Plant List*
MOSSES
Fissidens fontanus
Callicostella sp pancuraji

GROUNDCOVER
Eleocharis acicularis - dwarf hair grass (DHG)
Blyxa Japonica
Glosso elatindoides
Micranthemum tweedei/umbrosom “Monte Carlo”
Hemianthus micranthemoides/glomeratos - baby tears (HM)

ANUBIAS
var. petite nana
var. nana
var. coffeefolia
var. nancon

SWORDS
Echinodorus Parviflorus
Echinodorus unknown variety

CRYPTS
Cryptocoryne wendtii “green”
Cryptocoryne red metallic affinis
Cryptocoryne lucens

BUCES
Bucephalandra sp Velvet Leaf 4

STEMS
water wisteria
Ranunculus aquatics (crowfoot/buttercup)
Rotala rotundifolia
Hygrophilia ‘lo gro’

OTHER
Downoi/Pogostemon helferi
Java fern
Needle leaf Java fern
Bolbitus
Dwarf sagittaria
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Last edited by Butterfly Bettas; 10-17-2016 at 02:18 AM. Reason: Did a little more plant research
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