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Dry Start Method & Shrimp Tanks

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Hello Everyone,

My book's website now has a 9 page article Small Planted Tanks for Pet Shrimp. It can be downloaded (for free) from the website. I wrote it to further promote my book and help beginning hobbyists.

The article describes my shrimp bowls as well as the more recent DSM setups (Tom Barr's method). I am very pleased with the DSM tanks. They contain carpet plants, plants that I never thought I would be able to grow.

Website for Ecology of the Planted Aquarium
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Glosso is trickier than people give it credit. I've found HC easier to keep by far, it just has some inconvenient CO2 demands once the water gets in.
It appears from the pics in the article that the HC Diana grew emergent was doing fine without additional CO2 after the tank was flooded. I was encouraged with that since I want to have carpet plants in my new tank, but this comment has me worried for the longer term prospects of HC in a NPT.

I wonder if its just a matter of balancing the amount of HC so the CO2 generated in the tank can support it?
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