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binbin9 06-14-2013 10:33 PM

How do you control Ammonia Spikes on a Rescape
My recent rescape has come at a cost of a handful of shrimps (I should have removed them 1st) and a small out break GSA due to ammonia spikes from pulling out plants.

Can anyone share how you control/minimize ammonia spikes during rescapes?

Kathyy 06-14-2013 11:23 PM

Rescape, then do a water change vacuuming up debris that came up with the plants? If I remove the hardscape the fish come out of the tank and go into a tub with a heater and my spare filter and I monitor the water until there isn't any ammonia present.

Diana 06-15-2013 01:11 AM

1) Remove livestock.
2) Drain the tank.
3) Rescape, misting the plants often.
4) put a plate over the substrate, partially refill, making the water run over the edge of the plate and seep slowly into the substrate. A plastic bag will also work.
5) Drain this, vacuuming the surface substrate.
6) Put a plate over the substrate... ...and fill the tank. Don't forget the dechlor.
7) Turn on the equipment when the water is high enough.
8) Add the livestock back.

HD Blazingwolf 06-15-2013 05:21 PM

when i rescape, i do it with tank full of water, then when done i do an 80% change while everything is still floating. if its not still floating i fluff everything with my hands and let the water change do the removal for me.
this is also a prominent time for me to change sump filter pads etc.

binbin9 06-15-2013 09:32 PM

How long would you say it takes for the ammonia levels to subside before adding livestock back in?

stealthypotatoes 06-16-2013 02:09 AM

I always have marimo balls at hand. When ever I re-scape I always put like 6-7 in them for a couple of months to get it settled.

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