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Return of The Shallow

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Tim Harrison, Jul 7, 2017.

  1. Tim Harrison

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    Thanks guys :)
    @DutchMuch yes I'll be planting that up as well, probably with some mini/micro type ferns. I'll fill it with Tropica Plant Growth Substrate.

    Anyway, some more images - soaked, planted, and cling-filmed...

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    *swoons*
    I like the propped bowl too. Is that Anubias in it?
     
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    Crypts I think.
     
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    @snarkingturtle thanks, and yep, @DutchMuch is right, they are Crypts with some Ludwigia sp. "Super Red". It's my attempt at a Wabi-Kusa ;)
     
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    The DSM (dry start method) seems to be working well...so far. The methodology has been:

    1. Firstly, I added water to a level just below the surface of the substrate, and aim to keep it that way; spraying every day can raise the water level above the top of the substrate.
    2. I've kept the tank sealed with clingfilm, but have let fresh air in for 5 minutes every day to replace the old stagnant air, hopefully this will prevent mould.
    3. The plants have been sprayed on a daily basis with a dilute fertz solution, about 1ml TNC Complete per 0.33 of a litre; that's the capacity of my sprayer.

    It's been around 10 days since the carpet was planted and I'm fairly pleased with the growth rate.
    The moss has taken hold as well and appears to be growing; I was worried it wasn't getting enough moisture.
    I've also pinched out the tops of the Staurogyne repens, hopefully this will encourage side shots and quicker coverage.

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    Looks really good! also that doesn't seem like 10 days of growth. maybe 20 for an in tank emersed setup! good job with the fast growth!
     
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    Looking good Tim :) I'm impressed with the DSM growth.
     
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    Thanks DutchMuch and Jason...this is my first attempt at the DSM so I wasn't sure what to expect regards growth rate, so it's good to get some sort of affirmation that I'm heading in the right direction :)
     
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    Can't wait to see it with water!
     
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    Thanks Lovebug, I think it'll probably a be a few more weeks at least before it's ready to flood :)
     
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    You could have fooled me. Looking forward to seeing this all grown in. Love the stump btw.
     
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    Thanks slipfinger :)
     
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    Well it's been around 30 days since I started the DSM, and I think I'm almost there.
    Maybe another couple of weeks or so and I'll be planting the stems and placing the buces in to cracks and crevices, and then...flooding :)

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    That looks just awesome. That wood is a stunner, but the way you planted it takes it to a whole other level. What stems are you using?


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    @geektom thanks, I'd like some colour so Rotala 'H’ra', Rotala wallichii, and the like, and maybe some R. green for contrast.
     
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    I've decided to rechristen the scape Endor...it kinda goes with the 'Return of the Shallow Jedi' type theme, if you follow :)

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    Please tell me your kidding lol I love Star Wars but this is a bit tacky, and no offense by any means because I really love your tank.
     
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    Haha...I know it's probably in very poor taste but it was just waiting to happen, and in the end the temptation just got too much to resist.
    But don't worry normal service was resumed very shortly afterward ;)
     
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    lol good, check out this Star Wars inspired vivarium though it's pretty BA
     
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    That's amazing, I'm guessing Dagobah? :)
     
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