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Jim_PA 01-24-2013 12:42 PM

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??

mott 01-24-2013 12:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim_PA (Post 2334866)
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.

DarkCobra 01-24-2013 12:52 PM

Half full. Or half empty. ;)

Jim_PA 01-24-2013 12:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DarkCobra (Post 2334898)
Half full. Or half empty. ;)


:rolleyes:

HD Blazingwolf 01-24-2013 01:46 PM

its easier kinda empty.
but i do it full. if it doesn't float then i know i've secured it properly

Knotyoureality 01-24-2013 02:01 PM

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.

DogFish 01-24-2013 02:12 PM

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.

scapegoat 01-24-2013 02:16 PM

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.

vincenz 01-24-2013 02:38 PM

I always plant with tank almost full, for the same reasons as Knotyoureality. I top up to the max after finishing.

Beer 01-24-2013 05:14 PM

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.

ramen lover 01-24-2013 06:55 PM

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

mitchfish9 01-24-2013 09:02 PM

Like others have said, I plant with 1/2 or 3/4 full


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