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It's been about 6 weeks ongoing with the dry start method and I can't take it anymore. I feel like it's taken forever and the HC doesn't want to spread out anymore. On top of that the wife adopted a kitten from the local Humane Society and the little rascal has been hell bent on tearing into this scape and treating it like an all you can eat salad bar at your local casino. I'm hoping that flooding it will help deter his hunger and curiosity but I'm worried because for some odd reason this cat doesn't seem to fear H2O. Going to start off with a 5 hour photo period while cranking the C02 to hopefully help the HC transition to being submersed while also crossing my fingers I can stave off the inevitable algae attack as much as possible. Will start with daily 50% water changes for the first week and proceed from there. Below are pics of before and after flooding today.

Very nice start! Sorry for the dumb question. I’m a newbie still learning as I go.. What is the purpose behind a dry start? Any benefits?


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Not a dumb question at all. Asking questions is a great way for all of us to gain knowledge.

Some of the benefits for a dry start:
No algae
No water changes/loose pieces floating around/being pulled up
No replanting
No cycling the aquarium
No dosing
No fiddling with CO2
No having to buy a lot of plant material initially
No extra electrical cost running other equipment during the dry phase.

Nice good to know! Thank you appreciate it.


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