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Do you plant with tank empty or full?

About to replant my tank later today, no fish in it, just wondering, how everyone else plants?

Do you plant with tank empty or full??
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About to replant my tank later today, no fish in it, just wondering, how everyone else plants?

Do you plant with tank empty or full??
Much easier planting empty IMO.
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Half full. Or half empty.
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Half full. Or half empty.

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its easier kinda empty.
but i do it full. if it doesn't float then i know i've secured it properly
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The only time I plant empty is if I'm doing a dry start method for carpet plants or moss. Otherwise, I plant at half to 3/4 full. Benefits:

-immediately lets me know if plant is secured, floaters are obvious
-lets me see how the final planting is looking if stems/leaves are upright rather than drooped over
-taller specimens aren't constantly in my way as the water bouys them up so I can reach under and around them.
-easier to fill the rest of the way without disturbing the work I've just done.
-no worry about drying out if I decide to take a break or sit and stare at the tank for half an hour trying to figure out a problem.
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I use MTS/Sand cap my initial plantings are done with damp (not soaked) substrate. I find this to be the cleanest method for dirtied tanks. I plant crypts/swods deep then the day after filling the tank I gently pull them up to get the crowns a bit above the substrate. By waiting the MST/Sand has had time to fully settle.
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I plant with water in the tank. this allows the plants leaves/stems to no longer stick to themselves and gives me a better idea of how full the plant is.
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I always plant with tank almost full, for the same reasons as Knotyoureality. I top up to the max after finishing.

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If you do it with the tank full, make sure you leave enough headspace for sloshing of water and for your arms to go in the tank; more of an issue on smaller tanks. Not fun going in to work on a plant and realizing that your hands and forearms displace enough water to overflow the tank.
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i plant with it 3/4 full.. that way i know the plants won't float up. then i add more water when i'm done
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-24-2013, 09:02 PM
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Like others have said, I plant with 1/2 or 3/4 full
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