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What is the best way to plant plants in aquarium..This is a new aquarium cycled from one I just took down. There are no fish just substrate and CO2 system.I have a package coming for a heavily planted 55 gal. Is it better to empty tank halfway or should it be emptied further.. Any suggestions are welcome. My substrate is small gravel and eco. Thanks
 

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I use long tweezers, they just slip through the substrate with little disturbance. For larger plants (such as amazon sward) dig a small hole first.
 

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Is it better to empty tank halfway or should it be emptied further.. Any suggestions are welcome.
You'll probably get a variety of opinions on this one. Personally, I go with the tank about half full, planting the little stuff first, and the larger stuff later.
 

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Be careful digging in the substrate. I hate that word "digging." If you dig you are very likely to get a cloud of substrate in your water. Half a tank of water is a good precaution. Gentlely with great patience is the key word here. Then add the rest of the water by pouring ever so slowly onto a plate or saucer the balance of the water
 
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