Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:27 am Post subject: DSM (dry start method)
I am planning on a nano aquascape tank, probably a 3G.
I have been research in all over the internet and I'd like a Monte Carlo carpet.
During my research I came across the dry start method and people had mix reviews about it.
I'll be highly obliged if all you knowledgeable people here could throw some light on the topic.
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Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:44 am Post subject: Re: DSM (dry start method)
Dry start method is best solution to avoid algae and gain quick growth of plants.
And Monticarlo can be grown by dry start method. You need to the scape the tank with hardware and wet the substrate just enough to start planting. After planting add enough water to submerge only the substrate. Cover the tank with transparent cover like plastic or glass to get high humidity in the tank. provide adequate lighting for around 8 hrs.. time to time you need to spray or sprinkle water in the tank.
The plants will start growing, depending upon the density of planting your carpet will be ready in a month or two..
When you are satisfied with the growth, you can fill up the tank with water and start dosing high CO2 (any method). some times the plants may wilt due to the transition from emersed to submersed, this is normal. you will start seeing new submersed growth with in a couple of days..
Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:35 pm Post subject: Re: DSM (dry start method)
DSM is a good method to start but during the transition phase you have to be very careful to increase CO2 and reduce photo period and ensure regular water changes to avoid fertilizer from the soil leaching in to the water as this in turn will cause algae problems.
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