Hoppy referenced to me some other thread he'd read on the web where you tip the tank back w/ some supports during dry start so the substrate becomes level w/ the water. It's been working great so far for me. I only have to spray things down every couple days now.
Thank you, bro
! I just did this and this was the a ha! I was knew existed but for which I did not have the "a" or the "ha".
I've got to hit the shower, so I'll reply to everyone else after work.