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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-28-2007, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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Quick ??'s on Major Rescape

Hi Everyone, I have two nano's that have been up for about 1 1/2 years and really need to be rescaped. Both tanks are really stable, no algey (sp?) but way overgrown with very happy fish, shrimp and snails. I have a few new rocks and want to change the lay out a bit.

Here is a quick run down
8g with 15 dwarf cory's, way to many shrimp to count and even more snails
6.6g with 12 Boraras uropthalmoides a few shrimp and more snails
Both have plants, although I must admit that I have forgotten most of the names as most of them were purchased here from individuals and some were included as a bonus stem or two.

I fertalize once or twice a week, change water once every few months and top off every few days (please don't cringe, everyone seems to be very happy).

Here is where the questions start: Since the tanks are so stable and everyone is happy I am affraid of upsetting the apple cart, so to speak.

My HC is so over grown it is lifting from the bottom on one tank in huge sheets and the other tank it has already done the same thing and floating on the top of the tank (just waiting to be replanted).

Is there a better/best way to handle a rescape?
Do I need to remove the fish?
Since I will be moving plants with roots do I need to worry about causing problems with disturbing the substrate (Eco Complete)?

The only other time I have had to make such a drastic change was when I moved and I started fresh with everything but the fish, shrimp, snails and a few small plants. So this aspect is all new for me. I have been surfing the search button but not finding much that is specific to these questions.

Any help in answering my questions or pointing me in the right direction would be great!

Thank you so much!

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a 8g with 15 cories is a death trap. and a water change every few months! that is horrible!
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I am not quite sure how it is a death trap if the the tank is clear, plants are growing, fish are happy and shrimp are reproducing?

(New Years resolution to self, change water more often )

Any suggestions on the other questions, by chance?
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You could always just tear down and rescape one and leave the other, if you don't want to upset the equilibrium in BOTH tanks.

If you're going to rescape and possibly stir up a lot of nitrates. Just test regularly and keep in mind that if something goes wrong, an overstock tanked (even a previously health one) crashes fast.

I definitely wouldn't leave the fish in while you aquascape. Just fill a bucket or bowl with their tank water, and keep them in there. They'll probably be less stressed than if they had to thrash around in their tank for 30 minutes as you aquascape.

I'd trim back your HC and trade it to a friend or sell it or something. It'll grow better and healthier if its not completely overgrown.
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