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Turns out it's not going to be possible to move my tank downstairs without emptying it completely so I thought I'd use the opportunity to get the <1mm sand out and put a plant substrate in with some 2-3mm gravel on top.
I have 2 questions to start with:

1. Will I be able to strip the tank, move it, add the new substrate, replant and put the fish back in in the same day ? Will the water be too cloudy ?

2. The only plant substrate available in the UK is API First Layer Laterite, of which I ahve read in this forum some bad reprts on. Is it really worth buying ?

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In answer to 1: How big is your tank? I have done all that in a day with a 45 gallon tank, including moving it a half hour away by car.

2: The laterite should be used as a bottom layer with 2-3 mm gravel on top. What is your current substrate? Only <1mm sand?

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My tank is 180L ~ 45G, and yes, the only substrate I have at the moment is the <1mm sand, the plants seem to do alright but there are a lot of gases building up in it and it gets quite compacted.
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Well, if you do change all the substrate try and keep the mulm from your tank to use in the new substrate.

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Mulm - is that the stinky black stuff ???, I'll try to keep a thin layer in the bottom - then the laterite - then new gravel.
Is laterite recommended though ? Some people say it's no good and not worth the money.
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Mulm is the stuff you usually vacuum out of the gravel. It's good for plants. I've used laterite before and didn't have any complaints about it, it can cloud the water a bit if you replant a lot, but that was about it. Opinion is divided upon whether it is worth it or not.

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It works great if you want to grow rooted plants, it does nothing if you want to grow anubius, java ferns, moss, and floating plants. Crypts, vals, swords, the carpet plants other than riccia all love having something like laterite in the substrate.

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Thanks so much for all the replies. I will go with the laterite (unless I can find eco-complete) with some silica sand on top. I have rooted plants at the moment - all various swords, but intend on getting some crypts and foreground plants when I have my new substrate...Thanks again..
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