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Dry Start Method should get sticky or its own section

Discussion in 'Non-CO2 Methods' started by GJL Creative Studios, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. GJL Creative Studios

    GJL Creative Studios Junior Poster

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    Hey fellow addicts, I started this tank last Friday, March 29th 2013

    Here is day one:

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    Here is today, one week later (with black background added):

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    I had been completely sealing the top with plastic after spray the plants twice a day and I would pump some CO2 into the tank before closing it up. It starting to smell musty and I saw slight melting in only a couple places so I let it air out for about 30 minutes earlier today and left a slight crack in the top for airflow.

    Is twice a day too much to be misting fertilized tank water? My humidity is around 75-80% almost all of the time.

    I would be honored to have My Barr's input. Thank you
     
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    Once a day is plenty, note HC grows fine outside in Sacramento CA as long as it gets watered and does not freeze.
     
  3. GJL Creative Studios

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    Thank you for the reply. I have laid off of spraying the HC because I started to develop the spider web mold. GOnna kick it back to a few time a week with more ventilation. I have two 8"x1/4" cracks in the top now and I'm still keeping about 80% humidity.

    We'll see how it goes
     
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    GJL Creative Studios Junior Poster

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    update, slow going

    I am getting some melting. Its been 10 days. I opened the lid up a bit for airflow to combat the web fungus and have started spraying less often. every couple days.

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  5. Gerryd

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    Hi, no expert here but isn't it vital to have a slight opening for air and gas exchange 24/7?

    I know from reading many threads here that folks tend to have the environment too wet which causes melting and other issues as you describe....

    It needs to be moist to keep from drying out, but should not be waterlogged.....

    I like the tank btw :)

    The DSM is already a sticky...

    http://www.barrreport.com/showthread.php/3361-DSM-dry-start-method-New(-)-method-to-make-a-nice-rug-of-HC-before-you-add-water
     
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    Yeah, I have ventilation now. Thank you :)
     
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