I am a couple of weeks into my 6 - 8 weeks of trying the Dry Start Method using mineralized top soil covered with Estes black aquarium gravel in my 40 gallon breeder tank. I have planted marsilea quad, a couple of types of moss, dwarf hair grass and staurogyne repens as my foreground / carpeting plants. Instead of slowly filling the tank just below the gravel level I have been misting until I see a number of puddles letting me know that the soil and gravel are saturated. I had heard that this was a better way of starting the DSM and a way to avoid muddying up the substrate.
My question is what happens if after the 6 to 8 weeks all I have is melted foreground plants? Do I dig them all up, replant new ones and continue to fill the tank with other plants then wait and add fish a week or 2 later?
Thanks for any information and advice.