Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Willimantic, CT
Hm... from my experience plants don't really care that much about substrate changes. It's the fauna that have issues with bacterial infections and spikes from the substrate change.
I would just move all the plants, decorations, and fauna into a holding bin. Use tank water to keep the parameters the same. Then scoop out all the gravel, place in the sand, then put everything back in. Use as much of the old water as you can to preserve parameters.
Fish Shrimp tanks are like cups of coffee, one is never enough.
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