switching styles of tank, substrate???
It has been a while since I posted here, as I tore my planted tank down a few years ago, and went back to African Cichlids. Well I have seen the Error of My Ways, and I am going back to planting my 55Gal!
So when I tore down the planted settup I saved my Florite, and rinsed it out before putting it in a trashcan in storage, as I figured I would do a planted tank again some day, and I didn't want to spend $100 and somthing on substrate again!
At this point I have 20+ lbs of basic (ie cheap-o) aquarium gravel in the 55. It is really a sandblasting sand that all of the LFS sell in Central Texas for $10 or so a 50# bag.
What I am really asking about is should I move the gravel to the front of the tank and back fill with the florite, SO I will still have whatever bacteria in on the gravel till the florite has been in the tank for a while. THEn remove most of the gravel and spread the floriteover it? OR just remove the gravel all together, then put the florite in and be done with it?
I have enough Florite to correctly slope the substrate from the back to the front, but what gravel is in there could only help to make the substrate a little thicker to help the rooted plants out too!
I have a Fluval 204 filtering the tank that I have had on it while the cichlids were in the tank as well as when it was a planted tank, so there is bactiera in there, but I removed about 150# of Holey rock when i removed the cichlids, and I DON"T want the tank to cycle again!!! BECAUSE I am getting 10+ Golden Pencil Fish tomorrow afternoon to go in the 55, witch I would ranther put them directly in the 55, but I have a 10g sick/quar. tank that has been settup for a few years.
So ANY THOUGHTS on this matter will be helpfull!!!