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well planted tank people, i finally am starting a 60-p iwagumi style tank! im moderately new to this hobby and i believe that this site is a great resource for beginners and experts to learn from.:thumbsup:

i'm currently spraying the tank two times a day and uncovering the cling wrap once a day. if you have any tips for making the plants grow faster or what ever, leave a comment below! m photo period is 8 hours long. my concerns of now is mold and fungus. started out with 8 pots of the stuff :)

equipment:
ehiem 2215
archaea pro slim led lights (see picture)
hydror inline heater
pb co2 setup shout out nilcog!
ADA 60-p (duh)
cheap knock off lily pipes from ebay (not power men, magic, or out flow brand)
cabinet from homedepot


other things?
ADA garden mat
ADA power sand small
ADA aquasoil NEW amazonia
drift wood (it might be horn wood)
hakkai stones

plants: for now, only HC ( dwarf baby tears)
and now for pictures if i can get them to work ;)

tank first:
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second substrate:

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third heater:
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fourth tank: with HC planted in a DSM enviroment:





lily pipes:

 

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If you want your HC to spread faster and I know you do, break it apart more. A lot more. It took me over 3 hours to plant my mini l. You could also try the break apart, sprinkle and press down trick.
ok, will do! im not sure if my HC is moist enough but i dont want to spray too much cuz i dont want mold or fungus
 

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UPDATE TIME! as antbug suggested, i brook the clumps of HC into smaller pieces to increase the spread rate. when i lifted the pieces of HC up, i notics that some roots hung onto the aqua soil! yay that means the HC is starting to root i think....my room temp is at 65 degrees, will this work for HC?
 

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been busy messing around with the camera :)
no sign of noticeable growth. im spraying with water from my ten gallon, not sure if it is helping. photoperiod is roughly ten hours and i uncover the saran wrap to air the tank out every day. i spray whenever the humidity seems low.




 

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Did you try my picture trick? That's the best way to see the difference. I believe the 1st week the plant will establish the roots. Once those are set, it will begin to spread.

In my best Mr. Miyagi voice "Patience Daniel Son...Patience!" :)
 

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Did you try my picture trick? That's the best way to see the difference. I believe the 1st week the plant will establish the roots. Once those are set, it will begin to spread.

In my best Mr. Miyagi voice "Patience Daniel Son...Patience!" :)
I have been watching the HC carefully and have noticed that my HC is melting! here is the link to what I'm talking about
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=189867

is it just that the HC is still adjusting to the environment? the tank is pretty humid, water is sufficient, my greatest suspect is that the lights are bad.....
 

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Whee, that driftwood shape looks like one fun thing to work with. Lots of potential designs. :D
Hmm, I also agree that the HC looks a bit dry; at least, compared to other photos of DSM with HC that I've seen. Have you filled the tank with water up to the level of the roots? Not covering the leaves, but just so the roots have soaking. That should get it started.
 

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Whee, that driftwood shape looks like one fun thing to work with. Lots of potential designs. :D
Hmm, I also agree that the HC looks a bit dry; at least, compared to other photos of DSM with HC that I've seen. Have you filled the tank with water up to the level of the roots? Not covering the leaves, but just so the roots have soaking. That should get it started.
thanks for commenting! im actually just spraying heavily. i dont want to fill it because i dont want to run into mold and fungus problems. just resprayed today so the hc should be all good. someone told me that if i see leaf yellowing, im putting in too much water. so when i saw the leaves yellowing, i put less water.....
 

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I can't tell how much water you have in there. A "dry start" doesn't mean dry, just no water above the substrate surface. With your hilly terrain in the tank it is going to be difficult to keep a good level of water for all of the HC. But, at least get the water level up to the level of the lowest spots on the substrate.
 

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thanks for commenting! im actually just spraying heavily. i dont want to fill it because i dont want to run into mold and fungus problems. just resprayed today so the hc should be all good. someone told me that if i see leaf yellowing, im putting in too much water. so when i saw the leaves yellowing, i put less water.....
Ah, there's your problem! Like Hoppy said, dry start doesn't actually mean DRY start. The water level must be filled to reach the level just where the substrate ends, basically.
Hmm... I'm thinking the leaves are yellowing for the exact opposite reason. :s Even most land plants MUST have their dirt soaked thoroughly with water every few days, or else they dry to death.

ETA: Check out plantbrain's tank journal on DSM for HC. I managed to find the page for it, so you can start going through the pages on HC from there. You can see in the picture how the water level should be when doing this method for HC. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=59705&highlight=plantbrain&page=13 Good luck!
 
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