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My First DSM: enough plants?

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This is my first crack at the dry start method. I'm not sure if I planted enough things. There's Rotala indica, pygmy chain swords, Alternanthera reineckii 'mini', Helanthium vesuvius, Hydrocotyle tripartite, and some mossy mud on the branches. Not sure if I should wait a couple of weeks to see how these guys do before adding more plants. I also have Cryptocoryne undulatus 'red' that I think I'll wait to add once I'm ready to flood the tank.

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It looks like plenty of plants to start with to me. Remember, they'll spread and grow!
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It looks like plenty of plants to start with to me. Remember, they'll spread and grow!
Thanks! That's pretty much how I felt while I was planting them, but then the next day I was no longer sure. For instance, are the pygmy chain swords likely to spread enough to fill the front? I'm not 100% certain which plants spread and which just grow taller.
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Pygmy chain swords will send out runners. Even if you planted one it would eventually fill a whole tank (but it would take forever! Better to start with more, like you did).

H. tripartita 'japan' will also spread. It grows out in vines, and each node will grow roots downwards. Mine likes to travel along the substrate as it grows, and if it grows upwards you can just bury any node where the roots are growing and that will hold it close to the substrate.

With stem plants like the rotala, it won't send out runners, but grow upwards. You can cut the stem tops off and plant them, and the stem top will develop roots, and the rooted bottom will grow new side shoots that will grow upwards.

I wouldn't add any more plants until you make sure that these are growing (I wouldn't add more before flooding, either). I'd let these grow in for a few weeks, flood the tank, let everything transition/grow for a couple more weeks, and then evaluate if you have any more room to stuff things in.
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Thanks for that comprehensive reply! I'll cool my jets and see what happens
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Three weeks later and here's what it looks like. I'm thinking that I'll need to wait two or three more weeks before flooding the tank. Does that sound about right?

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Three weeks later and here's what it looks like. I'm thinking that I'll need to wait two or three more weeks before flooding the tank. Does that sound about right?
Progress is looking good! I would give it a bit more time to fill in, as you mentioned.
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The A. reineckii seems to be spreading much faster than the H. tripartita and the chain swords. I'm wondering if I wouldn't be better off planting more of those two rather than waiting for them to fill in. Although I've no idea how flooding the tank might change that dynamic.

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Today was level the shelf and fill the tank day

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