The biggest advantage with the change out is I dropped the top of the gravel by 1 to 2 inches; thatíll allow my plants to grow another week without having to trim!
Because I was raised in the UG Filter Era, I just canít fathom changing all the gravel at once. I have two Eheim filters under the cabinet, Iím guessing thatís where most of the BB are. @Discusluv
has done complete changeouts, see post # 9 in this link
. But for me, I feel much better doing one-half at a time.
I noticed today the fish were more active than normal, that tells me the CO2 is a little low on the flow. I cranked it up a little and will slowly raise the flow until I see it impacts the fish, and then Iíll crank it down a little so itís just below their threshold.
Interesting enough, the corys were out more today on the BDBS than previously. Most of the time their hiding, but today theyíre out and about.
Ha ha, no bucket for me Linn, I donít mess around! This is where the gravel is currently, drying out in a large kiddie pool. Cleaned it today, and hopefully in two days itíll be dry and I can package it up and no telling what Iíll do with it. That stuff was expensive, I just canít bear to throw it out right now. When I purchased it I was not familiar with TPT and I just didnít know better. Remember, when I started the aquarium, I just thought you added plants, fed the fish and sat back and enjoyed the aquarium, what more was there to do!!!