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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-08-2010, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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4 gallon overgrown- help

I have been neglecting my aquarium. This is my first planted tank so I am not sure what to do.

I started with HC, Ludwigia repens and Rotala rotundifolia. I bought some Xmas Moss recently and just dumped it in the back of the tank. It seems to have spruced up since I received it a few weeks ago.

I think I want to rip it all apart and start over (with the existing plants). I will probably get rid of the large banana plant. I would like to make a tree using the Xmas Moss.

Could I put the water and fish in another container while I redecorate and just add them back when I'm done? Should I start over with the gravel as well?


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I would siphon some of your water into a bucket and keep fauna and flora in there while you rearrange your aquarium. Make sure to keep the heater, fully submersed, in the bucket, and try to make this as quick as possible as not to stress your fish out.ill take some hc off your hands

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What Staleybear said! With the new tank, I would try and add some hardscape, whether it be large rocks or driftwood.

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And also, I would keep the gravel because most of the bacteria is in there, and if you lose the bacteria you may have to cycle your tank all over again.

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I agree with most here. Although I would leave the hc and go with a hardscape with some large rocks. Go iwugami!
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