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Substrate for a 55G

How many bags of Flourite (15lbs.) would i need to fill a 55G? I would like about a 3" depth. Also would changing all of the gravel at once be too stressful for my fish? Thanks.

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I would suggest 4-5 bags to give you that depth


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Thanks. Do you have any suggestion on the best way to change the gravel? I mean do you change it all at once? Do i have to remove the fish & plants to make it easier? Would really appreciate advise.

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How many bags of Flourite (15lbs.) would i need to fill a 55G? I would like about a 3" depth. Also would changing all of the gravel at once be too stressful for my fish? Thanks.
assuming your tank is 48" long and 12" wide you would need 96lbs at 15lbs a bag that would be about 6.4 bags, and if you are using a HOB or Canster filter , I would say tear it down and set it back up fresh, just run your filter in whatever you're keeping your fish & plants in while you set up
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Since you are switching to Flourite, I think I would go about the substrate swap in a different manner. Flourite is notoriously messy. It is a great product, but it can be filthy even with a good amount of rinsing.

To avoid some of the mess, I would remove the fish and plants, as well as drain most of the aquarium before adding well rinsed Flourite. Then gently refill the aquarium and go from there.

Some may do it differently, but thats how I'd do it!


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Since you are switching to Flourite, I think I would go about the substrate swap in a different manner. Flourite is notoriously messy. It is a great product, but it can be filthy even with a good amount of rinsing.

To avoid some of the mess, I would remove the fish and plants, as well as drain most of the aquarium before adding well rinsed Flourite. Then gently refill the aquarium and go from there.

Some may do it differently, but thats how I'd do it!


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If you end up pulling everything out, the best way that I've found to do it is put in all your fluorite after you've rinsed it a little. Keep the plastic bags and lay them over the top of the fluorite. Then place a plate on top of one side and poor the water onto the the plate so that it doesn't disturb the fluorite. I did it this way and the water was clear after a few hours.
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I have used the same method as cmoh mentioned with AS and it worked great.
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I used 6 bags in my 55 to get a depth I was happy with (~3 inches)

Flourite is messy and I think Mike's approach is best.
If you are going to rinse the flourite, please do yourself a favor and get yourself a 5 gallon paint strainer from your local hardware store (see the bottom of this page on Rex's site). It will make rinsing your flourite much easier, and it will let you keep more of the fine particles than using a colander.

Also if you do rinse, rinse gently, the more Flourite bangs, rubs, etc... against itself the more dust it will make.
cmoh's idea sounds really good as well for filling after you put down the substrate.


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Thanks all. I will try this w/in a few months.

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