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Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by ady, Mar 11, 2016.
One good tree positioned correctly might give you a better perspective of distance.
Hi J Art
You are absolutely right there. I have to move them further away besides there are a lot of empty space between rocks for them.
As to fish, maybe some shrimps maybe a very small group of tetras. The emphasis is obviously on the plants i don't want to compromise their healthy with organic material of fishes.
Thank you ShadowMac
I have some little trees.I'll upload some pics of them.
My concerns are :
I read that you should have good humidity near to 100% and i also read that you have to make some holes on the plastics for air ventilation, so these statements is confusing me.
Too many slopes in my aquarium make the higher ground dry faster but i can solve this with misting the soil and that will make the lower ground get submersed.
It's hard to not over-saturated the lower ground.
So far i have opened the top during 30 mn for air exchange, misting the plants 2x a day mainly because of the higher ground getting dry faster.
Guys i have i few questions for you
Should i open a few permanent holes on the top for air circulation?
Should i turn my CO2 bottle on to add more carbon dioxide for plants or the have enough natural surround co2?
What about photo-period? i read about 12-14 hours daily
On the left or maybe on the right side given the fact it has a lot of open space?
I'm currently doing a DSM to hold up some slopes when I fill. All of those things you outlined are challenges to DSM, but not as difficult as you would think.
1) Air humidity near 100% is good. As long as you can see moisture on the glass from humidity you are in good shape. I cut a couple holes for the legs of the light to fit in and this offers enough ventilation. Lifting it to mist is enough time to exchange the air. It could easily go days if not weeks without having the cover lifted. There is plenty of CO2 in the air.
2) The drying out should have more to do with not achieving your humidity levels than the slope height. Mine stays moist for days without misting. I try to mist once a day.
3) If you are getting pooling, then you are either misting too much or the soil had a lot of water to start. Remember, these plants adapted to grow in water when marginal flooding occurs. They prefer to be out of water despite being able to grow under water. Pooling won't be good, so make sure you avoid that. You can reduce your misting if you get pooling. If it is pooling in the sand where there are no plants that is fine. You just don't want the plants sitting in pools of water.
The 30 min for air circulation is not needed. A few minutes while you mist is plenty. Maintaining humidity is the most crucial part.
That is great to hear
You have plenty of water in there. I would drain some of the water so that it does not come up to the substrate. It can act as a reservoir for the moisture in the air. Your DSM is much wetter than mine and I am not having problems. In general I think people get into trouble when things are too wet.
I am going to lower the water enough to make the pathway as reservoir for the moisture and the left/right side "dry".
I also did these holes as you said for legs of light for better penetration and air ventilation.
Scapefu has about an hour long podcast all about the dry start method if you haven't heard it already:
after adding the ventilation holes, make sure the glass remains moist. That is the best indicator your humidity is high enough. If the glass starts to dry out then you need less ventilation.
OK. I'll keep an eye on it . If i find a cheap hygrometer i'll buy it .
Thank you J.
I read this article this morning and it is 5 ***** and very enlightening. But my main concern is the very steep hills i have.
The left side is looking very good its the right side I was referring to.
Are you doing sir?
Ah ok. But the right side with a group of small trees might work.
For now, finger crossed about DSM , hoping it will work and trees _(2nd stage)
If you made them young tress with different heights and sizes it would then give you another dimension to your Aquascape.
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