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ReMoving Substrate and Leaving Inhabitanks IN.

i'm about to do a major re-scape of my tank this weekend. I will be moving everything from one tank to another. Starting from the substrate. Just wondering how bad can this be, specially for the inhabitants. What i have there right now are, 10 Brilliant rasboras, 6 rummynose tetras, 2 bn pleco, 1 yoyo loach, unknown number of amano shrimp, and 3 otto cats. Any advice are greatly appreciated.

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I have replaced substrates a few times, but I always remove all of the fish and shrimp first. I use a 5 gallon plastic bucket to hold the fish while I complete the tank cleaning, new substrate installation, replanting, etc., then I acclimate the fish back to the new setup and put them back in the tank. This only works well if you are planting pretty heavily in the tank, and maintain the bacterial colony in the filter, so the tank will not go through a nitrogen cycle and harm the fish. For me it has worked very well.

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