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DSM Candidates?

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by Jim Miller, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller Lifetime Charter Member
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    I'm starting to do some planning for bringing up my 90g that I recently ordered. I'm interested in doing DSM for as many plants as practical.

    Are there classes of plants that can be started in this way? I was thinking that if I knew what sort of plants that can be started this way that transition to aquatic then I could get a good start on the aquascape beyond just a front carpet.

    I was thinking of using crypts, swords, grasses, vals, bacopa, annubias, etc for a start. Haven't thought about plants beyond that.

    Thanks

    Jim
     
  2. Tom Barr

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    Vals are about the only ones that will not do well, some Egeria and a very very few others.
    95% of the plants will grow well.

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    Tom Barr
     
  3. Jim Miller

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    Do plants with rhizomes work as DSM candidates?

    Also would adding some CO2 (along with some temporary aquarium tops to retain moisture) help the growout process? I think I remember enriched CO2 atmosphere being used in greenhouses as well.

    Also I saw TB's post on DSM as means of establishing the substrate rather than the repeated wet/dry cycles of MTS and it looks like it could save me a bunch of time. I could actually get the tank plumbed and growing out the initial planting while working on the wooden surround for the steel stand.

    Immediate gratification!

    Thanks

    Jim
     
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