Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: A-spec Ontario Canada
Why not just take out some gravel and toss in a bag of eco-complete or flourite? You could put all of your fish in a couple buckets, and since you are only just starting a planted tank you don't have plants currently, why not take your gravel out toss down a rinsed bag of flourite or eco-comp, and then top with your gravel. Yes it will mix up in the long run, but aslong as you are using the water from the tank, the same filter, rinse the flourite thoroughly, top with your gravel, pour original water from the tank back into the tank on to a plate(won't stir up the flourite) your fish will be fine. I know a long list. I have personally done this exact same thing, other than upgrading tank size from a 30 to a 50 at the same time. I lost 1 fish a gold ram (notoriously finicky). That's my two cents.