dsm

  1. Bettaraiser21

    Can I Restart My Dsm Tank Even After Flooding?

    Hi everybody Im new to the Planted tank world, i tried my hand at it a few years ago and it ended in disaster. So i started a dry start tank with some driftwood, rocks, fluval stratum in a 5 gallon tank i have java moss, American Shoreweed ( littorella uniflora) some "idk the common name"...
  2. L

    Newbie Failed Dsm With Bga

    First off, I just started aquascaping and decided to use the DSM since there are limited availability to aquatic plants where I am. 3 weeks into the DSM and Im getting patches of BGA and I need help before it blows out of control. My setup: 1. Elevated Rock scene design with ADA Amazonia and...
  3. L

    New To Aquascaping And Dsm Need Help

    So I've just started aquascaping and trying out the DSM method as due to Covid it is quite difficult to get all my aquascaping plants and stuffs from overseas. Currently, this is what I have done: 1. Elevated Valley design with Ohko Rocks and Amazonia substrate 2. I have my lighting on for...
  4. K

    Hc Dsm Problems

    Hello, I know there are tons of threads about DSM HC. I've looked at countless threads but can't seem to get an answer for my particular scenario. I started a DSM in my 12g long. I've done a DSM with HC and EWC before and had outstanding results. The problem I'm having is if I mist too much I...
  5. T

    Newbie Dsm Iwagumi Need Help

    Hi all! i just started DSM with HC cuba and dwarf hairgrass with my hardscape recently. Hoping it will turn out well. It is just around the 3rd day. 60 x 30 x 35 tank Aqua soil HC Cuba and Dwarf Hair grass and one plant that i forgot whats the name =x Beamswork HI Lumen 60 LED light Day 0-4...
  6. Angelyn

    55g Dsm/walstad Tank: Month 1

    Month 1: So far I have the tank, painted the rims and the back/side panel black to increase the depth. Have my DHG and lighting ordered (plan on getting s repens as well), went a little overkill on my substrate so I'll just be using what i haven't already on another tank or for the emerged...
  7. Angelyn

    Wanted: Dsm Friendly Plants (easy), Emergent Plants, Ohko (dragon) Stone, Manzanita Driftwood

    Okay so howdy y'all, I'm from northern Illinois. I'm currently working on my second walstad tank setup that's 55g, I'd prefer DHG and S repens for the dsm as well as moss to attach to the driftwood (I want it to be so it's partially emerged as well) . I've been having a hell of a time finding...
  8. M

    New Leaves Start Burning In Dsm

    I have started a new tank setup with DSM method (I am within 4th week of this process). I am trying to grow Dwarf Baby Tears. I am using a low maintenance method that takes advantage of adding moist air into the tank from an external air pump. Air pump shoots air into a sealed bottle filled with...
  9. I

    Cyanobacteria In Flooded Dsm Aquarium

    Hi guys, A few months ago I planted a tank and covered it using the dry start method. Then abandoned it for like 6 months. After weeding out some emersed weeds, I flooded the tank. The plants are hairgrass, covering about 40% of the substrate currently and several stems of what I think is some...
  10. C

    Flooded Dsm Resulting In Mold & Melt

    For the last four months I have been growing my plants are using the dry start method, I was growing Dwarf baby tears, several types of Eriocaulon, and many different species of buces. I flooded my tank about two weeks ago and set my CO2 on high (30ppm), with high lighting on a 8 hour schedule...
  11. franticlocal

    17gal Iwagumi Dsm

    Hi All, I'm a new for aquascaping & start 17 Gal Iwagumi. In order to carpetting Monte Carlo & Dwarf HG i'm using dry start method. Here are what I am doing: Substrate: Power grow ADA + ADA 3 element + some fertilizers & prodibio soil Hardscape: Locally they said Eragon stone Plant: MonteCarlo...
  12. R

    Dsm And Lighting.

    Hi everyone! First I'd like to thank everyone who takes the time to answer so many questions. Ive pretty much managed to have every question I ever needed answered lurking these forums. The amount of time everyone puts into helping others in a such a respectful and patient manor is truly...
  13. Tim Harrison

    Return of The Shallow

    I recently found an awesome peace of DW; a eucalyptus root which I thought would be ideal for scaping. I'm kind of envisioning the root embedded in rock, but it's a tricky manoeuvre to pull off so it looks convincingly natural. Specs: Tank: 60x40x25cm(h) Stand: IKEA hacked Besta cabinet Light...
  14. N

    1st Low-Tech Tank -- DSM Questions

    I have a couple questions about the Dry Start Method that I am going to be doing on my first low-tech planted aquarium with low/medium light and no CO2 injection. Flora: Anubias barteri Aponogenton crispis Moneywort Water Sprite Crypt Wendtii Anacharis Brazilian Pennywort Tiger...
  15. J

    DSM - Dry Start Method

    Greetings! I would like to confirm the following sequence before using DSM method (Tom Barr): Is this correct? 1. Add potting soil (or ADA Aquatic soil, etc.) to a new empty tank. 2. Saturate soil with water (not flood). 3. Add sand/gravel layer on top (1.5 inch??) 4. Put plant roots...
  16. Tom Barr

    DSM, dry start method: New(?) method to make a nice rug of HC before you add water

    I've been growing HC in a room at the lab that has small tanks, but decided to try growing HC emersed. This led to the idea that follows. It's just growing HC initially as a terrarium plant, which is does quite well as and quickly sends runners and forms a thick mat that's very well...