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questions about swapping substrate - please help

all of this is in reference to my 38 gallon tank.

ok, so i've got two bags of AS sitting next to me. i'm thinking about changing out the substrate to the AS. i have near 50 neon tetras, 2 angels, 4 neons, 4 platies, 3 rams, and 1 cory in the tank. i am deathly afraid of losing any of my fish. i'm thinking i would need at least 1 more bag of AS to fill in the tank with the proper depth needed. how would i go about doing this? if i stir up the substrate, i am going to release so much ammonia. i only have enough buckets to hold 10 gallons of water and another bin to hold roughly 20. i guess technically that is less than the 50% water change i do each week, but i don't think that i would have near the beneficial bacteria i do in the new AS as i do in the current substrate. i've also read the new AS will leach ammonia into the water. this true? i am guessing that if i use some marketed bacterial booster, things will be ok. i currently have eco complete which i believe is making the water quite harder than desired in a planted aquarium. i have to crank my co2 very high in order to keep away the BBA. it's visible that my fish are usually stressed from the high levels. how is it that in other peoples' tanks that they don't need such high co2 in order to keep the BBA at bay? is it because my water is harder? i'm a little confused as to co2 relationships with algae and what not. i'd like to learn a little more before spending all day on swapping out my substrate.

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gosh, you already have eco-complete and going to all this trouble just to change to aquasoil?
well, then I certainly hope aquasoil does whatever extra benefit you imagine it will do.
if all you are doing is fighting eco-complete's alleged hardening of your water,
then why not just make your water softer using additives?
trust me, something else must be wrong if the only way you feel you can fight BBA
is by increasing your Co2 levels beyond what your fish can handle.
swapping substrates alone won't solve what else if fundamentally wrong,
that is making your tank BBA prone.
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my dosing? is that what you are suggesting is my problem? i use blackwater expert by kent to help soften the water.

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You might want to head down to walmart and buy one of those large storage bins as a temporary holding pen.
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^ +1 Rubbermaid bins will hold a lot of water and your fish will be fine for a few days in there. I'm not sure if it's nation-wide but a Target store in San Diego is selling the 45qt (about 12 gal) Rubbermaid containers for like $4 right now...

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Ha... I've had a 30gl rubbermaid container I've been doing water changes with since I started this hobby... it's also been my temporary fish holder (for when I was changing MY substrate) AND plant holder and driftwood soaker. VERY helpful, if you ask me. I think I'll get another one to breed guppies in so I can feed little babies to angelfish... when I eventually set up that 45gl tank for them... and get angelfish. lots of steps.
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