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should i plant first and then add water, or the other way around

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I usually fill the aquarium about 1/3 full then do my planting.
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I filled first, then planted, mostly because I didn't feel like replanting everything after it was worked loose by filling but, if I had it to do over again, adding 1/3 water first sounds easier.
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Filling first, then planting can be painful with buoyant plants. You plant one, which then gets dislodged and drifting while you are planting the next one.

A good way is to add an inch of water and start planting any foreground plants. Then add another 3 or 4 inches and plant the midground, then a bit more and finish up with the back. Filling a tank does usually not pull out plants, obviously you want to do it slowly, and start filtration up slowly as well, not directly pointing at plants.

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Filling first, then planting can be painful with buoyant plants. You plant one, which then gets dislodged and drifting while you are planting the next one.

A good way is to add an inch of water and start planting any foreground plants. Then add another 3 or 4 inches and plant the midground, then a bit more and finish up with the back. Filling a tank does usually not pull out plants, obviously you want to do it slowly, and start filtration up slowly as well, not directly pointing at plants.
fully agree with wasserpest.

what i do is smth similar. plant the shorter ones first with only enough water to cover the substrate. then fill it to half to plant some of the stems.

for the really long and bushy types (cabombas, big swords, etc), i fill the up till its enough for them to stand straight.

IME its eaiser to see where your planting them and how they look at where they are.
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