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After about a month of getting everything together to start my first DSM (Dry Start Method) tank I am finally underway. First of all I would like to thank John [MENTION=1338]The Tech Den[/MENTION], [MENTION=9246]Donny@ageofaquariums[/MENTION] and [MENTION=7848]PETFISH[/MENTION] for helping put all this together. Having set up a few tanks in my time, I wanted to take the time and set one up without jumping in head first. I know that some of us, rush in and set up fast (guilty as charged), but I wanted to take the time, to make sure, everything is right. So let the journey begin. Initially, I was going to use my stock standard 2Lx1.5Hx1Wft tank which had little depth. But after a visit to the tech den, I saw a perfect tank, which suited my needs with a bit more depth. Less volume, but more suitable to my needs. So after a little bit of indecisiveness I decided to purchase the tank. The tank has a volume of 70L and will be set up Iwagumi style with HC. On completion of DSM, the tank will house CRS. Filtration for this tank will be an Eheim 2213, lighting is a Kessil A150WE Amazon Sun and an Ista C02 reg and solenoid (1lt) with reactor. Substrate is a combination of Benbachi Fluvic and Mr aqua soil. After a little umming and ahhing (I wasn't going to stain) I decided to stain and varnish the stand in black to match the substrate. Here is the tank before staining. And after...with the light set-up. Next, the substrate, rocks and HC added... Then, let the DSM begin.... Will post updates and pics as time passes by. Thanks for looking and let me know if I can improve in any way. Cheers
Thought I'd give another DSM (Dry Start Method) tank a crack, so after receiving the plants in the mail this morning that I ordered online, I went down to Mitre 10 and got a bag of NatureGrow Cow & Compost, $7.70, can't complain about that, mind you, it was the only compost I could get in store, but should be fine though. Pulled out the AquaTopia Aura 25L aquarium, put down about 1.5cm layer of compost, then a 1.5/2cm layer of RichGro Play Sand, hoping that this will be fine and realise it could be some months until the tank is flooded, IF I decided to actually flood it, might keep it as a DSM tank, next was the Malaysian Driftwood, was going to go with the Seiryu Stone I have but decided against an Iwagumi, once I was happy with the layers and driftwood, I placed in the Lilaeopsis brisbanensis, I bought 4 lots of this, just broke each lot into pieces and placed at the back of the tank, then I placed in the Hydrocotyle tripartita, I actually should have ordered more as I only ordered 2 lots, but oh well, then I added in the Glossostigma elatinoides, this stuff was the probably the most healthy Glosso I have ever seen, was super green, super thick, looked great, but not for long as I separated it all into smaller blocks and planted it in, had a bit left over so that is now planted in the grow out tub down the side of the house, so will everything now placed in and planted, I got a 1l spray bottle and filled it was rain water and placed a cap full of Seasol Seaweed Fertilizer and heavily sprayed the plants, substrate, sides of the aquarium, but not to the point where it was flooded though, placed a couple sheets of cling wrap over the top of the tank and then placed the cover on. Was thinking of running it inside with a light period of 10 to 12 hours, but then thought, why not just give it natural light outside, so is now placed in the open and will be bought indoors or under cover at night, thoughts on this? Is this OK? I know this will take some months to get the required result, but that's OK, I'll be spraying the tank once or twice a day, depending on moisture in the tank, humidity, and will let fresh air into the tank every 1 or 2 days, again, thoughts on this? Anyway, here are details and photos of each stage below, cheers, all comments, feedback, suggestions, sledges welcome, haha. Aquarium: AquaTopia Aura 20L Light: Natural Heating: Natural Substrate: NatureGrow Cow & Compost (1.5cm) & RichGro Play Sand (1.5/2cm) Flora: Lilaeopsis brisbanensis (4 Pots), Hydrocotyle tripartita (2 Pots), Glossostigma elatinoides (2 Pots) Hardscape: Malaysian Driftwood (1) Fertilizer: Seasol Seaweed Fertilizer (10ml per 1l Rainwater)
Just looking into MAYBE doing something with the small 20l tank I have sitting around and was thinking about MAYBE doing a DSM (Dry Start Method) with the following plants, anyone on here done a DSM with these before, if so, success? Lilaeopsis novaezelandiae Micranthemum sp. Monte Carlo Hydrocotyle tripartita 'Japan' Eleocharis Acicularis The tank is an Aquatopia Aura 20l, light is a 9w, will this be strong enough for growth? Substrate will either be gravel with Dino Dung underneath or a plant substrate. Am looking to do a carpet with the Ht 'Japan' and Lilaeopsis n, maybe M sp. Monte Carlo. Any thoughts, suggestions, directions? Cheers.