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Not a dumb question at all. Asking questions is a great way for all of us to gain knowledge.

Some of the benefits for a dry start:
No algae
No water changes/loose pieces floating around/being pulled up
No replanting
No cycling the aquarium
No dosing
No fiddling with CO2
No having to buy a lot of plant material initially
No extra electrical cost running other equipment during the dry phase.
That's a lot of benefits! Never realized it til you laid it all out like that.
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