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planting wet or dry?

Do you guys prefer to plant dry or wet? My substrate is Miracle grow organic choice capped with playsand (1"cap)

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If you do prefer to plant dry. A month down the road if I plan on adding more plants will I end up with a dirt storm trying to stick the plants in?

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A lot of people plant dry or with a little water. I always did mine with water, due to having fish in the tank before hand.

More of a personal preference I think, as to stirring up a bunch of dirt, have not seen anyone really complain about that so should be just fine

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Wet, because it gives me a better sense of how the plants'll look when they're not all flopped over in heaps because there's no water to hold them up. Every time I've done it dry I've had to replant anyway because the plants are facing the wrong direction or something.
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Like NWA said...personal preference. I filled my tank about half way when I planted. As for adding plants down the road it shouldn't be an issue. Just remember what you are dealing with...dirt covered by a cap of sand. So scooping a big pile aside to plant something isn't going to work well. My preference is to stick my index finger into the substrate making a little hole, then I slide the plant (with the same hand) into said hole. I get a little puff of dirt once in a while, but really it's nothing.
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Im doing a dry start now because I feel like plants take root faster and its easier to keep tiny weakly rooted plants in the substrate and not floating about.


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Wow great responses guys. Sounds like the dirt part will not be an issue if I use Daximus's technique. I think maybe planting my glosso dry and doing a 1/2 fill is the option im going.
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