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substrate mod need input pls:)

I currently have a 15 tall tank with the florabase , as I am not happy with it Ii have thought up this plan.
1) remove and organize all plants on a plastic sheet
2) remove fish to 10 gallon tank
3) drain tank as low as possible and remove ugf plates (ps this ssytem has a micro sump on it)
4) smooth out florabase and very carefully add 1.5 inches of a pool filtersand and tahitian moon sand substrate that I have too much of in another tank
5) fill carefully and replant
6) add reduced fish load

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Sounds good to me, just realize that replacing (or covering up) the original substrate is close to a complete renovation of the tank, along with possible imbalances, algae outbreaks, etc.


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Tahitian moonsand can be pretty sharp if you are going to be keeping loaches.
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Yes I had realized that but I only have 3 lbs of it mixed with 40lbs of pool filter sand. The current tank that i have this substrate is a cold water tank with hillstream loaches, dojos, pepper loaches and red tailed sand loaches.
I have not noticed any barbels wearing down and they dig in all day long.
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Is it worth keeping the florabase as bottom layer? It does have trace content after all. As for imbalances I was going to only light restock it.
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Sounds good to me, just realize that replacing (or covering up) the original substrate is close to a complete renovation of the tank, along with possible imbalances, algae outbreaks, etc.

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If I remember right, small grains sink and large rise so you may end up with the substrate mixing???

Moved to Tucson.
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If you do a lot of planting and replanting, the substrates will probably mix. I would also agree with Blue Ram in that the smaller substrate grains are going to sink, leaving the Flora base on top eventually.

I think if I were doing all of that work, i would completely replace the substrate. But thats just me.

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hmm

I had feeling that would be the case. Just for fun I dumped a handful of the black and tan sand over a small corner and I don't like it, I want black all black...
Oynx here i come
Any tip? peeps
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I am not sure there are many tips to dole out. You seemed to have accomplished the hardest of tasks...making a decision!

It has been a long time since we have discussed Onyx sand, but if I remember correctly there was chatter about it buffering water. The rap on Tahitian Moon sand only seemed to be the sand needed to be rinsed a lot.

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Try to find Turface Black, good color, high CEC(much higher than Onyx), good nutrient levels, and it's cheap. Best substrate option, IMHO.
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