I have the back taped, as the saran wrap wouldn't stick to the background I have on the tank. The rest is just clinging tightly to the glass.
I've been airing it out daily, along with a light mist.
So far so good.
As far as why I don't like dry starts, it seemed that everyone I know who did one, ended up with a massive algae bloom after flooding. Even when cranking co2. I'm hoping to avoid this... Haha
I'm sure it does help establish a good root system, though. So far visible growth up top seems to be very minimal. I've also noticed towards the end of the photoperiod, the HC looks a little sad. In the morning, however, everything looks green and perky. Go figure. I took four plugs from the tank and am growing them emersed in some tupperware. I'll probably use some of that, if it grows, to continue filling in the gaps throughout the dry start.
IT IS kinda nice not worrying about algae or dosing ferts for a while.
I still need to add some DHG in random places around/behind the stones for a natural mixed carpet feel.
Thanks again for the comments and suggestions. I'll keep the updates coming!