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    Re: DSM, Dry start method for starting a new planted tank

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    easier way is to inject CO2 during direct sun light hour
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    Re: DSM, Dry start method for starting a new planted tank

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    easier way is to inject CO2 during direct sun light hour
    Well, sure, that is one way.

    But I want to try my best to get the low tech method to work in a scientific manner.

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    Re: DSM, Dry start method for starting a new planted tank

    Or I can cheat and put in a few drops of Flourish Excel at maximum sun brightness every day.

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    you can add translucent curtain to partially block the sun light.
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    Re: DSM, Dry start method for starting a new planted tank

    Even better ... use those electrically controlled window coatings that change opacity depending on control voltage.

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    Re: DSM, Dry start method for starting a new planted tank

    Just as a question, where did you buy those driftwood in the photograph? I want to start a carpeted tank and might be looking for driftwood the size and texture as those.
    Does this make sense: ~Imperfect Past equals future tense~


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    Re: DSM, Dry start method for starting a new planted tank

    FYI, my climate is warmer than SG. It gets 45C here. I've grown it in full open sun, needs watered daily, but just letting you all know, even with no cover etc.

    Mold= too much humidity, do not cover it, just mist a few times a day.
    After a week or so, the roots should take.

    Generally, I do not use this method myself for aquariums, I do stone penjing displays however.
    It works, but does NOT save you from algae later on after you flood things. If you use non CO2 methods, then this might speed things up more.



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    Re: DSM, Dry start method for starting a new planted tank

    Quote Originally Posted by happydanio123 View Post
    Just as a question, where did you buy those driftwood in the photograph? I want to start a carpeted tank and might be looking for driftwood the size and texture as those.
    Eel River, USA. It's Western Cedar, good luck finding something like that again.
    I use mostly manzanita.

    Shipping to SG is very $$$$ from the USA.

    Cheaper to buy across the border and bring back.

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    Re: DSM, Dry start method for starting a new planted tank

    Hi Plantbrain

    Just curious where you are in in the US, im down at the coast and it quite humid.

    Would your dry start method work in humid areas?

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    Re: DSM, Dry start method for starting a new planted tank

    Hi @Plantbrain, thanks for the detailed guide you have posted! I'm currently at my second DSM, the first one failed terribly and I'm halfway through before I found your post. Can I get some advise from you?

    My first DSM substrate was water logged and I was misting it as other guides recommended.. when string mould started appearing, I panicked and flooded it. Then.. halfway through flooding, half of them broke free from their roots and I felt something was amiss. Pulled the rest out and found out their roots were all covered in mould and mushy..

    Second DSM I did it like this:

    Misted the substrate till its damp, but not water logged

    Ditched the cling wrap

    Misted it 2 times a day to simulate rain at the same time ensuring it's not water logged

    Result:

    Mould still happened..

    And I just flooded it 1 week into the DSM..

    Now my plants are having some melt, with some dying leaves having mould/bba on them..

    What would you recommend me to do at this point?

    My tank set up:

    1 foot tank, about 10L

    HOB filter

    Air stone for more air dissolving in the water

    Substrate is Tropica - 2-4mm beads

    No co2, but have flourish excel

    Plants, all tissue culture from Tropica:

    Rotala bonsai

    Hair grass mini

    Monte carlo

    Tank is situated in Singapore, non air con living room.
    I'm looking at starting another 26L tank with DSM.

    Sent from my SM-N960F using Tapatalk

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    Re: DSM, Dry start method for starting a new planted tank

    Plantbrain hasn't posted anything for more than 4 years now. If you want to contact him, try UKAPS or planted forum USA or barrreport.com


    Your's is small 10L tank. Just fill water up to almost substrate level and plant, then cover with wrap with 10 hours light. Leave it be for 60 days. I did mine last time and I didn't even bother to mist. It grew fine.

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