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DSM questions!

Discussion in 'Advanced Strategies and Fertilization' started by ibanezfrelon, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. ibanezfrelon

    ibanezfrelon Guru Class Expert

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    Hi folks!

    Couple of days ago i planted a 60x35x35cm tank with HC and Eleocharis.
    I wanted to try a DSM to make a HC a little stronger and thicker before i fill up the tank because i started with very little HC.
    It has only been maybe a week but i'm begining to think if DSM was a mistake. The plants are not showing any progress.
    Eleocharis is kinda turning yellow, like it's drying out , and on the other hand HC looks like it's rotting in some places.
    Cyano is showing in places where the soil creeped out through the gravel.
    I'm trying to keep a water level under the gravel so the plants are not under water, and on th other hand i wory that my Eleocharis will dry out so i'm spraying it every other day, i siphone out the excess after spraying.

    The light is pretty strong but set up high, 2x125w mercury lamps 80cm above the supstrate.

    Am i doing something wrong or should i just wait a bit longer?
    Am i keeping it too wet or maybe too dry?
     
  2. nipat

    nipat Guru Class Expert

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    Infertile substrate perhaps. All DSM I've seen use soil type substrate or worm poop capped with Fluorite.
    What is your substrate?
     
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  3. ibanezfrelon

    ibanezfrelon Guru Class Expert

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    Hi nipat! I use fresh flower soil mixed with some clay and gravel. Pretty fertile i suppose..
     
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