Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: baton rouge, la
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.
thank you for your time.
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