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Question Adding Eco Complete to Existing Aquarium!!!

Hello I have a 10 Gallon tank
1 Betta
4 Zebra Danio
2 Neon tetra
2 Cory Catfish
2 Nerite Snails (inactive not moving but still alive)

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I have normal substrate now and I do have live plants but they dont do well with the normal black substrate that I have. I just ordered some eco complete and I ordered there plants http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...46&pcatid=2146

I dont have any other place to put my fish at but I want to add the eco complete to my tank can I add eco complete while my fish are in the tank?

Please take me through the steps.
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Hello I have a 10 Gallon tank
1 Betta
4 Zebra Danio
2 Neon tetra
2 Cory Catfish
2 Nerite Snails (inactive not moving but still alive)

I have
6500K Day light bulbs 13 W 2 Bulbs

I have normal substrate now and I do have live plants but they dont do well with the normal black substrate that I have. I just ordered some eco complete and I ordered there plants http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...46&pcatid=2146

I dont have any other place to put my fish at but I want to add the eco complete to my tank can I add eco complete while my fish are in the tank?

Please take me through the steps.

Put your fish into a 5 gallon bucket with an air stone and a heater while you switch out substrate...I did it recently with eco complete and my fish are all alive and well. Just keep the same filter media. I had very little cloudiness when I switch out my old substrate with eco...let the filter run for a few hours and added fish back to the tank...


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ok but is it possible to do the change while the fish are in the tank? because I need the 5 gallon buket to hold the substrate and I need something else to put the old substrate so I cant do that.
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find a small cooler run a air stone through the drain hole and caulk it up. there is no need for a heater as long as it is only a few hours the cooler keeps the temp stable. just what i use because it last forever and its how i medicate sick fish without doing the whole tank.
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Can't you buy a new bucket...?
No I cant get out today and theres a snow storm coming tomorrow and I need to know if I can add the gravel with out taking this fish out.
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I need the 5 gallon buket to hold the substrate and I need something else to put the old substrate so I cant do that.
How about putting them in a sink? That is if it is not metallic. For Eco-complete is not just gravel or it could be done.

Got any bags around for the substrate and gravel?
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Changing with fish in tank may be possible if you use the technique I read here once before....from laurleebp maybe.

Clear a small section of the tank...then use a tube like a gravel vac tube without the top on and slide the new substrate down the tube. Do a small section at a time. Biggest challenge may be dealing with the cloud of detritus that is sure to explode out f each section of substrate as you remove it.

May not seem it, but removing everything into buckets may be less stressful for all.


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Alright I guess I will take the fish out but I will but the Betta in a cup on his own,but I'm also worried about the bacteria in the old gravel. MY filter doesn't have media either it just has filter Carbon filter pads.
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I'm also worried about the bacteria in the old gravel. MY filter doesn't have media either it just has filter Carbon filter pads.
lauraleellbp posted that when changing substrate she vacuums up the mulm and places in on bottom of tank after removing the old substrate. Not having an extra bucket you may not be able to do this. Others put some of the old substrate in a bag and put it in the aquarium to help the cycle process. You could use a sock or end of stocking. Could you put some of the old gravel in the filter if you took the carbon pads out? Those whom use carbon pads in planted tank only use them for a short while, any ways.
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I just did this last week on my 10 gallon. and removed the plants and worked around the fish without a problem. I scooped out the old sand and dumped in the new ecocomplete.
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You can use a large cup. Fill the cup with Eco then water and lower slowly into the tank. Pour it slowly out onto the bottom.

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When I add sand I put it in a sock and then open it up when at bottom. I thought that Eco-complete is more than dirt though. Doesn't it have some liquid in the bag?
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it does come with water in it but it's not dirt at all - it's more like lava rock. Really easy stuff to work with.
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the liquid you are refering to is called
"buffered black liquid amazon water" it helps clear the tank water really fast when adding eco-complete.
it cleared my tank in a matter of minutes.
amazing stuff.
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