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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-06-2004, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guyz.

I have a 75 Gal planted tank with Discus on it. I'm moving in 3 weeks to my new home and I don't know what to do with my substrate (fluorite).

Because I'm going on vacations after moving, I won't be able to set up the aquarium right away, so I'll leave the fish just in a 75 gal bare bottom tank. My plants... well my cousin is very happy because he has a new bunch of them now...

So, do I have to leave the substrate in water, can I storage it in bags, what I have to do ????

Thanks in advice, Seranko
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-09-2004, 08:10 PM
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I dont understand the logic behind not putting it right back into the tank when ya refill it ? I mean , if you are going to be keeping the fish you need to put them in a tank anyways, ya might as well throw the flourite back in... the plants and established gravel will be healthier for the fish then just a bare tank. The plants dont have to be aquascaped which takes time... just floating them is better for your discus. They will need some plants or some other "cover" to keep them from stressing on ya.

But anyways...
Just rinse the flourite well after you remove it from the tank to get rid of all the debris and mulm and then just store it in buckets, a quick rinse before re-adding to the tank will be required as well if it sits to long moist. Ideally it is best to dry it, but thats aint as easy as it sounds unless you have a place to spread out 80 lbs of substrate or so on a blanket ...(messy) :lol:
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