Hello to all on this forum
I have a Fluval Flex (15gallon? = 57L). When it started to cycle, I used Fondovivo and white gravel. Now I have 13 shrimps and Tylomelania sp. orange, who just gave birth to a baby. I planted Eleocharis sp. mini in the gravel, but Tylomelania threw it out (almost all). I am going to move her to another tank when it's going to be cycled. But in this tank, I was thinking about making a little different setup; abitmore than a half soil and the rest white gravel I use now. I would plant Eleocharis again into the soil, and rest of the plants too into soil. The gravel would be plants-free.
What is the procedure I would have to do?
I imagine it's something like that;
-take out like half of water
-net the shrimps and put them into a bucket of aquarium water
-pull out plants and put them into a bucket of aquarium water
-take out the rest of water
-take out the bottom and wash the sand in aquarium water.
But what then? If I put soil in, will it change parameters drastically? Will it raise the ammonia high?
Am I allowed to put fish back in as soon as the filter cleans the water a little bit, or should they be out for a few days?
I hope you understand what I mean
thank you for answers in advance!