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Old 02-25-2004, 05:00 PM   #1
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Hi y'all!

I did a search on this topic, but didn't see anything specific to my "problem"...

One of my tanks has been running since May of '03 (50 gal flat-back hex). I actually have 3 mellon swords and a crypt "growing" in the plain old aquarium gravel for the last month. I would like to change it to a "normal" planted tank complete with my Flourite substrate.

Thus, my question:

Is there anyway to not have to remove all my fishies to exchange the regular aquarium gravel for the Flourite substrate? I realize I would have to rinse the Flourite well...

Has anyone done this? If so, could you please give me a sort of step-by-step synopsis on how to do this?

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Old 03-02-2004, 12:44 AM   #2
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Hi otherwise,

Thank you for your reply...you were a great help! I have a couple questions...could you lend me a little more of your expertise, please?

1) When I siphon out water/gravel, I refill the tank with conditioned water - right? ops:

2) So my 'lil inmates aren't totally stressed, could I maybe move plants, etc. to one half of the tank and maybe do half at a time? Meaning, could I remove half the gravel, replace with substrate, replant, and do the other half? I'm willing to take a week or more to accomplish this...

3) One problem I have is that I have a Python. I don't have any large diameter hose...and how do you get it to "siphon"? ops: Could the Python work in some way?

Sheesh, I feel like a dummy here, but really love my fishy pets and don't want to unduly stress them. Any more help you can give me would be much appreciated.

Thanks again,
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Old 03-30-2004, 04:50 PM   #3
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Just a quick update...

I setup my 37T tank using Flourite and added a few plants. When this has cycled, I will move my inmates from my 50 and change out the regular tank gravel for Flourite in the 50.

I did "season" the 37T tank with gunk from my Eheim filter from my other tank...cycling shouldn't take too long...

I did find out that when I setup the 37T that Flourite will really cloud things up for a bit! I rinsed it a couple times and then added it. Then filled the tank partially and syphoned that water out and repeated this about 5 times (also stirred the Flourite while doing this). Then I planted a few plants. Still was pretty funky looking for a while!

Since the water was so nasty looking, I have decided to just move my fishies to the 37T while I redo my 50.

At least going through this process with one tank, I know what to expect when I do the other one.

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Old 03-30-2004, 05:40 PM   #4
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you won't regret using the flourite, it's a great product.. good luck and best wishes!
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Old 03-30-2004, 06:52 PM   #5
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Hi hubbahubbahehe,

Could you or someone help me with these questions...

One of my Radican sword plants in the Flourite (37T) tank has a leaf that first turned reddish colored and now is yellowing.

I had added some Flourish (2-1/2 caps full) to the tank a few days ago and am wondering if I shouldn't have? That there are enough nutrients in the Flourite since I just set this tank up a couple weeks ago? And I am overfeeding the plants?

Any help will be appreciated!

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Old 03-30-2004, 06:54 PM   #6
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ops: I forgot to login! Sorry! The previous questions are from me, not "Guest".

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Old 03-30-2004, 06:56 PM   #7
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there is a possibility that it's an iron overdose, but we need to know more about your tank... If i were you I would post a topic in the general plant tank section and describe your setup more, best wishes taxlady (oh, and go easy on my taxes! )
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Old 03-31-2004, 03:30 PM   #8
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Hi hubbahubbahehe!

Well... ops: The leaf on that Radican Sword is looking pretty good now. I am such a 'newbie' at planted tanks. When I left for work in the morning it was reddish colored. When I got home, it was kinda yellowish. This morning, I swear it had grown and is looking good - greening up, etc.

You will get a chuckle out of this: When my Mellon Swords first were planted in my 50, I thought the new leaves were dying leaves, so I pinched them off... ops: I finally figured out that those were new leaves and quit doing that! They are getting quite large and spreading out - probably partly due to my "pruning". :lol:

So, I promise not to get in a panic until the leaves are actually DEAD! :lol:

Oh, hey! You haven't sent me your tax information yet...April 15 is getting close, so send all info ASAP! :lol:

Thanks!
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hehe taxlady, one of the most valuable lessons I learned about this hobby is : (drum roll please)...........................


Patience is the key.

I can't tell you how many times I have had dying or unhealthy looking plants, but just left it alone, and 2 weeks to a month later, have it grow back will full force. Nature is amazing like that.
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Old 03-31-2004, 09:55 PM   #10
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Yeah, I'm not high on patience.

I got home from work a little while ago and that leaf is like a mutant leaf...it is now at least twice the size of the other ones and really looking good. Good thing I didn't "prune" it! :lol:

Thanks a bunch for your help!
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