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DSM...temp and humidity

Discussion in 'Talk to Tom Barr' started by beachroadbum, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. beachroadbum

    beachroadbum Junior Poster

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    Hey Now Tom,

    I am a bit concerned about temp and humidity levels while doing the DSM. We keep the temp in our home at 70F. I have had the DSM going for three days now...I have a single 96 watt pc above the tank on for twelve hours a day...the tank is fully covered with a glass lid and the plastic row along the back. The temp is about 72 during the day and 70 at night inside the tank. So with the temp being so low will the humidity be too low? I just put in 80 bucks worth of plants...various crypts,anubias,and java fern,rotala indica and repens...so I am nervous that I may lose them all due to the humidity not being high enough! Thanks!

    best,
    Jared
     
  2. beachroadbum

    beachroadbum Junior Poster

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    update

    Hi Tom,

    Just wanted to give you an update...24 hours ago I put in a hydrometer/thermometer inside the tank resting on some driftwood. The temp was 78 F and the relative humidity reached a high point of 98% and sta yed there. Am I in good shape here?

    Thanks!

    best.
    Jared
     
  3. VaughnH

    VaughnH Lifetime Charter Member
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    Tom may be away now, having warned us he will be posting less for a few days. I think you have both high enough temperature and humidity. Be sure to watch where the water level is in the substrate and add more if it drops much below the surface. It just takes some time for the plants to get started.
     
  4. Tom Barr

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    Should be fine.

    90% or higher is plenty.

    I was fairly specific about doing the DSM with ADA AS, there are possible other ways to add and modify the DSM, I really have not done every species or sediment type:cool:

    So I cannot say.
    I will say that 99% of the plants sold are grown emergent, then you get them.
    So they are growing them hydroponically etc.

    So they should be able to do quite well out of water as long as you have good air flow, good humid conditions, good sediment nutrients, plenty of light etc.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  5. beachroadbum

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    Thanks guys!
     

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