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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-10-2006, 05:21 AM Thread Starter
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Moving Flourite

I'm moving to a new home in a few months. What precautions should I take when moving the substrate from my 75 gallon tank? It has a 3 to 4 inch base of flourite that has been there for about 3 years now. Has the flourite been spent and I should consider new substate materials?
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The Flourite is fine.

Vacuum some mulm out of the tank and save it. Then vacuum the rest of it out. Then remove the Flourite place it in a bucket with tank water. Move the aquarium. Add the saved mulm and put the Flourite in. Do this as quickly as possible. You want to try and keep the bacteria alive as the substrate contains a very high level of bacteria.
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One thing I did before when I moved...and I'll be doing again this weekend when I move AGAIN (augh) is to run one of my filters (I'm spoiled with two canisters) in the big rubber maid box that will have my fluorite...

This is what I generally do...

Remove some mulm (as Rex has suggested)
Scoop out all the fluorite into a heavy duty cooler or rubbermaid tote
Once I get to the new place (hopefully not too far away)...fill it up with dechlor-ed water.
Let the filter run in the container (keeps the filter media alive and the bacteria in the substrate).
I've never had a cycle after doing this and the transition is simple...minus the painstaking task of replanting!

good luck with the move!

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Thanks for the great ideas Rex and Georgiadawgger!

Should I assume the bacteria will live in the tote just as long as the filtration is going?

Also, should I take the time to "enhance" the flourite. As I mentioned, the flourite is several years old now.

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