Well, im planning on (finally!!!!!!) ordering fish and some more plants (i had a bunch but unfortunately a lot died- i guess due to lack of nutrients or something) so i figured before i do that and make my tank untouchable for a while (a lot easier to change substrate when its practically empty as apposed to when its full with 80 fish and totally planted and all) i should change the substrate. I was an idiot and spent tons of money on plain pea gravel which is extremely hard to properly grow plants in (stupid idea- i rushed instead of waiting til i could get PROPER substrate and wasted tons of money on Petco brand substrate.. like 15$ per bag.. D
soo, anyhow, i figure, well, since its fun (i honestly can say i often enjoy cleaning and rearranging my tank) i should pull everything out and change the substrate!! I have a green hydra problem anyway, so i might as well! Take everything out, clean it in hot water, put alla the gravel in a giant bin and just store it outside or something, put in new substrate, and just put some dewormer in the empty tank and wait a day till everything dies, and then put new gravel in..
PLEASE BEAR WITH ME lol..
ANYHOW, HERES THE QUESTION!!:
Should i EMPTY the tanks water (close the filter's input so that the suction isnt lost and power them off) and THEN put substrate in and THEN refill it, OR, should i just empty everything, and just slip the whole bag of substrate into the water, to the bottom, and slowly pour it out to try and prevent kicking it up too much (as apposed to spilling it from the top of the tank lol).
What substrate should i use? Found some Flourite on ebay for around 17$ plus like 10$ shipping per 15lbs. How much do i need for a 75g planted? assuming you need like 2-3" of it? i really dont know.. all i know is its not as dense as rock so you dont need 100-125 lb of it like you do gravel lol. Is there something better than flourite that isnt a total ripoff? Let me know pleasee! if i do this i want to order it asap so that by the time the meds get here ill be ready to rock and can just do everything in one weekend. thanks!