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need to change out the substrate- Help!

Well, I need some advice...

I have a non-planted tank with a gravel base that is working well (cycled, 35 cardinals/neons, stable...). I would like to replace the existing gravel with flourite.

My thought was to siphon out the existing gravel over several water changes and then SLOWLY add flourite into the tank. I can cycle the new flourite in a tank with the "used" water from the changes to keep the tank functioning as I add the new substrate.

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It would be better to put the fish in another container (big plastic thing would work) with the current water + heater & filtration and redo the tank from scratch. No matter what you do your going to cloud the hell out of your water when taking out the old *and* putting in the new and it's easier on the fish.

There's no magic bullet to a planted tank it's better to do it right the first time and save yourself the extra work of trying half-measures down the line.

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This is what I do... Set up a 5 gallon bucket with a h.o.b filter and heater and air stone. Fill it up with aquarium water and bam.. Instant fish hotel!


Move your fish.. They will be happy you did! Rescape your aquarium and let the plants take root, after that move fishes back to their remodeled home!


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I scooped out all of the old substrate that I can with the use of a Lee-s-Multi-Purpose-3-Way-Breeders that has the slits on the side. I used a hose to suction all of the remaining substrate.


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