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Best way to change substrate?

I currently have dirt bottom with black sand topper. It's making a complete mess in my tank and it's always dirty looking, no matter how often I syphon. I left it alone for weeks as well, with just topping off as needed.. but the topping off always makes a mess.. I can't slow the flow enough.

I figure if I have to syphon anyway, might as well change my substrate to eco complete where it's less messy with floating dirt.

It's a 9 gal cube tank, I have some tetras, a betta and a few japonica shrimps. The plants are all blah so I'll have to replant with new plants.

any suggestions on the best way to change the substrate? Move all live stock to a bucket, and empty the tank out?
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Yes. You are going to have a big mess, cloudy water in a 9 gallon no less. I'd move a lot of the water, and all live stock and plants out. Dump, refill with soil and put them back in.
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thanks. It'll also give me a chance to move the tank to a different part of the room.
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When I did my 10 gallon I left the fish in and scooped out what I could with a cup, then siphoned out the rest. Fish were fine
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I might have to do that with the shrimps. Not sure how I'll catch them
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Yeah for sure tear the whole thing down because the tank is small. I would do it anyways - just easier with a smaller tank. Just keep your livestock in a sheetrock bucket or something while you do your thing.

Just plan everything out ahead of time and then go for it on a rainy day. Should only take you a few hours

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thanks

I decided to leave the livestock in the tank as I dug the dirt out and replaced the substrate. So far, looks like all tetras and most shrimps are OK. I can't find my betta.. I wonder if I accidentally scooped and tossed him with the dirt
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