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switching substrate in a cycled tank

so i'm getting rid of my cheesy "clown puke" colored substrate (as it's been called in the photos section), and bought 21 pounds of flourite. what's the best method of transplanting substrate? this is what i plan on doing:


1. i have a 3 gallon bucket that i'll put my rock pieces and plants in. getting all the shrimps off of the decorations is going to be a pain.

2. i have a 5 gallon bucket that i'm going to temporarily put all my critters in with existing tank water. i have an airstone and air pump for the bucket in case this takes a couple of hours.
*by this point my water should be partially drained, and if needed i will drain it down to a gallon or two*

3. put my biofiltration media in a plastic bag, so it remains partially wet and still gets oxygen

4. take out old substrate and slowly dump the flourite substrate into the bottom of the tank.

5. slowly pour in the water from the plant bucket and place all rocks/driftwood, and then aquascape the plants

6. reintroduce the fish to their new home

how's that sound?
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Sounds great
When you add the water back place a plate in the tank so the water doesnt make a mess when pouring into the tank

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what the...... am I missing something? Man these Vicodin are playing with my mind. Am I in the right forum?

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fshfanatic: that's a great idea! thanks. i'm worried about uprooting my plants when i add water after i get them all planted. any ideas?

fresh_newby: i'm pretty sure that's just a spam post. we get them from time to time on my message board. possibly by some kind of bot?
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Make sure you rinse the flourite well. I didn't and it made a mess everytime I moved something for a little while. Check out rex's guide, he has a great bit about washing flourite. rexgrigg.com
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Keep in mind there are a group of folks that say not to wash the fluorite too much. Some of that your washing off is good stuff for the plants.

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Your tank will most likely go though a cycle when you remove the old substrate. One way to help prevent this is do a really good gravel cleaning and use the old mulm at the bottom of the Flourite.
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ok, yeah, i'm trying to keep as much of the bacteria in the tank, so i'll be keeping every old piece of rock in there somehow. will that help?
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fshfanatic: that's a great idea! thanks. i'm worried about uprooting my plants when i add water after i get them all planted. any ideas?
Just plant them and pour the water SLOWLY onto a plate that is in the tank. You shouldnt have any issues.

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i'm starting this transplant in a couple hours and i'm starting to get worried. i don't want to lose any fish if my tank has to cycle again!
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