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Return of the Shallow

Discussion in 'Aquarium & Aquascaping Journals' started by TimHarrison, Jul 9, 2017.

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    You have a few points to get perfect and no two situations are the same.
    What would happen if you opened two opposite corners just a few mm 24/7 that would give you a constant air change.

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    That could work, but then you'd probably know more about it than I do given your obvious expertise at terrascaping ;)
    I'm guessing that you'd need to add heat as well to encourage evaporation and therefore maintain the desired high level of humidity.
     
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    Its just that with many of the new things happening today I had to put myself in a very fast learning curve. There is a very old Teaching saying "If you know nothing about a subject start teaching it" All I can say it works.

    Heating when doing a DSM I can think of two methods and one only works with small tanks. Use a heating pad under the tank and when ready to top up lift the tank up and take it away.

    The other might be practical bury a heater under the Substrate then remove it when ready to top up. The most practical method only do the DSM during the hottest time of the year.

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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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    Personally I would wait at least 12 months and see how every thing develops reason being, at the moment its extremely easy to look at and follow, if different plants are added if not extremely plus careful it could become a bit disjointed.

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    Thanks Keith, you're right it is very easy to look at, and look after and actually I'm quite enjoying it as it is. My biggest fear is that once flooded it doesn't transition well and I get the dreaded melt :eek:
     
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    :love: Oh I love it Tim,
    would it be mine, I left it, like it is.
    Water only some cm - like a wet meadow.
    And a comfortable screen above with a handle...
     
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    Thanks Evelyn :)
     
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    Tim is it possible to do the flooding gradually and a ?% water change of prepared water Temp etc every day for a few weeks.

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    Yes, I suppose it is, I guess it's similar to the inundation method, which is a variation of the DSM, where the tank is filled with water for a period of time every day and then drained. It may help with the transition.
     
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    The inundation method sounds like just wetting everything then removing the water, other than flushing the substrate it does not seem any different than keeping the substrate wet and a good misting every day.

    Whereas gradually increasing the water depth the plants should get used to its natural under water condition.

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    Thanks Keith, I think I'm just going to flood it and stabilise the CO2 as quickly as possible, do 50% water changes every day for the first week, every other day for the second week, and every third day for the third week and then once a week after that. Hopefully, it'll be fine and I won't get the dreaded melt.
     
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    As you are heading into your colder weather will you be warming the change over water a little to lessen the temperature change. I used to warm my water containers in the laundry trough.
    I would do the old finger test for the temp easy to use and very reliable.

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    That I will Keith, I've been doing water changes for so long now I can gauge the temp quite accurately by hand and don't need a thermometer.
    I'm lucky in that I can use the water straight from the tap without any issues, so I mix the cold and hot at source put it straight in to the tank.
    I know you're not so lucky with your water.
     
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    The old finger test is extremely accurate once you get used to it. Its the same a looking, testing the temp (Finger test) and smelling the water when feeding your fish. With experience you can usually stop a major concern before it actually starts.

    There is plenty to learn about Aquariums and it never stops but, experience can tank a lot longer.

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    You're so right about that Keith, I guess a lot of it is intuitive, I don't even think about it anymore just do what's needed ;)
     
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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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    The more I look at that photo I still cannot work out if its in a tank or an outside garden/pond.

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    Haha, it's in the tank. I couldn't resist the joke, but it's all back to normal now :)
     
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    Tim I actually liked it. It was very suitable for a young Lego Hobbyist.

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