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Moving substrate causes problems?

I'm re-doing my tank (AGAIN)
I was going pull all my plants out n re shape my flourite black sand..

In doing this , will it cause spikes in my tank?

I read this info the other day n I currently have angels, GBR n black neons in the tank , I know Rams don't handle changes too well
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Disturbing the substrate has been known by many to cause spikes in ammonia, yes. I would recommend doing a 50% water change when you move the substrate around and keep an eye on it the following week or two in case it needs more pwcs to keep the spikes in check.

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I recently moved/removed some plants in my 75 and the result was a mini-cycle. The ammonia wasn't terrible, but it did get a bit cloudy from a bacteria bloom before I changed some water and let it re-cycle.
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So what should I do with my rams??
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move them to another tank or let someone hold onto them. they are going to be stressed out.
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I have a 32 gallon rubbermaid trashcan that I use as a temporary home when doing major work in a tank. I fill it a few days prior to doing the work, drop in a heater and HOB filter with established media and let it run a day or two. Then when it's time to do the work, I double check my parameters and get the temps as close as possible, then throw the fish in. They have stayed in there for 3 days before with no issues.
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I do have a 20 gal up n running but , it has 4 small angels (quarter size) n 1 gold ram
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