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Is dry starting planted tank a must ?
I ran across a youtube video and was completely unaware about this process. I am new to the hobby and have a few questions...

Is it necessary to dry start?
How long does it take to dry start?
What care is involved to dry start? (hours for lighting a day, etc..)

Thank you in advanced.
 

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Dry starting is a way to get carpeting plants to take hold and spread before the tank is flooded. By doing this the plants will get fairly unlimited access to co2 and better light. If you are looking to carpet a plant like DHG or hc or Monte Carlo using a dry start method you can expect to be doing it for 6-10 weeks. Lighting times vary by user but my current dry start is using a 12 hour lighting cycle. You'll want to seal the top using cling wrap or some other way to maintain as high of humidity as possible. If you can't maintain 70% or greater humidity spraying the plants daily with plain water is recommended. Keep the water level even or slightly lower than the lowest point of the substrate.

Dry starting is just one way of doing it. By no means is it required
 

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Wow this is super interesting. Makes sense that a dry start would help the carpeting plants grow fast without having to overdose on the CO2 injection. Also you could run the lights for longer than the 6 hours they recommend when you first install 1-2-grow tissue without having to worry about the aquatic algae that would inevitably take over a young carpet.

I found this video that goes step by step and explains things: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8bhNEge8c4
 
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