The Dry Start Method (DSM) is a technique used to grow Hemianthus callitrichoides (also known as Dwarf Baby Tears) in an aquarium. The DSM involves letting the substrate dry out between watering cycles, encouraging the Dwarf Baby Tears to sprout and grow before filling the aquarium with water. This method can result in a lush, green foreground in the aquarium, but it can be time-consuming and requires patience. Here are the steps to grow Dwarf Baby Tears using the Dry Start Method:
Preparation: Set up your aquarium with the high-quality aqua soil, and light. Fill the aquarium with some water and let it sit for a few days to stabilize the water parameters.
Drying: Let the substrate dry out for several days, until it is just slightly moist.
- Planting: Split plants into smaller portion and slightly bury them in the substrate. Planted a few inches apart until most place are covered.
Watering: Once planted, begin spray the substrate regularly, making sure to avoid disturbing the newly-formed plants. You can use a watering can or a spray bottle to apply water gently.
Lighting: During the Dry Start Method, it is important to provide sufficient lighting to support the growth of the plants. Make sure to adjust the lighting schedule as needed, keeping in mind the specific light requirements of Dwarf Baby Tears.
Monitoring: Monitor the water parameters regularly and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the health of the plants and the stability of the aquarium environment.
- Final result: After the plants fully grow and form a lush carpet. You can fill the aquarium with water and enjoy.
By following these steps, you can successfully grow Dwarf Baby Tears using the Dry Start Method and create a beautiful, thriving planted aquarium.