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    Dry Start Help

    Hello, I am a few day into my drystart method. I have a 3 gallon using finnex light and UNS Soil. I have dwarf hair grass and staurogyne-repens. I misted the soil so that it is barely moist, but not too much. I open the wrap 2-3inch every day for 30 minutes. Today is the 5th day and I discovered a few piece of the soil cover in white looking like mold. (I just grabbed those few piece out with tongs) Since the DSM I haven't sprayed the tank. I read that I shouldn't be spraying anything. So my question is 1. Am I doing anything wrong 2. Should I be spraying a little once everyday when I open the wrap. Thanks!

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    Timmy,
    I have only done dsm a few times. The white mold/fungus is normal in a sense that I encountered it as well. To me, it's the same as the white mold that grows on new driftwood when it's been introduce to the tank. After reading different articles it seems to be harmless and will disappear on it's own when you finish your dry start.
    1) I don't think you're doing anything wrong.
    2) I would say yes (I misted mine everyday once I opened the wrap).

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    Yea like there was 1-3 pebbles of soil that were kind of white looking that look like mold to me so I just took them out just incase since it was on the surface anyways. More opinions on misting 1x a day 3x a week or none at all. Just didnt want leaves to die because of misting if anything. My soil is fairly just barely moist and not flooded one bit. Thanks James.

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    When I dry started (with dirt capped with Turface), I flooded to about a centimeter below the top of the substrate level. I misted every day unless there was condensation on the tank walls already, but didn't completely cover the tank in between mistings - I probably covered it around 75% with a gap on both ends for airflow. It was my first dry start, I didn't notice any mold, but I don't think of myself as an expert so I'm hesitant to critique your process.

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    You can mist h2o2 or spot treat mold spots, typically withpit detriment.

    You also can just let it be.

    You do not HAVE to ventilate DSM. In fact, you might do better, overall, just keeping it shrink wrapped for a week to a month at a time.

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    I'm doing a dry start myself. My substrate has a slight slope, so it's barely submerged in half the tank, but everything seems to be going well.
    My jar is covered with a vinyl bag that fits slugly over, but I do let a little fresh air in occasionally.

    As long as the glass has droplets of water, I don't worry about misting.

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