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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-19-2004, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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I have an established 90 gallon tank (been set up for 1 1/2 years)that I am about to plant. I have bought the 90 llbs. of Flourite (ouch!) and was wondering if I could possibly:

1. Remove the fish and gravel but leave the water and mulm, put in the flourite and plants and return fish right away. or

2. Actually leave the fish in the water and make the switch or

3. House the fish is a tub temporarily for a day or two until the water clears as I know the flourite can be very cloudy at first.

Opionions?? Which way is the best??Thanks in advance-
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-19-2004, 11:16 PM
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I would say the 1 or 3 are your best bets. I did method as described in 2 with no real problem (lost 3 zebra danios).

If you taking all your existing gravel out I would say just take the fish out and keep them in a tank/tub with a sponge filter/power filter on it until your work is done.

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i did 2 on my small 5 gal tank w/o problems
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Isnt the water incredibly cloudy at first though?? No harm to the fish??
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Flourite, once rinsed very well will indeed be very clear upon filling the tank, key being "rinse well", then use a soucer or plate to lay on bed of substrate to fill without disturbing bed. your fish should be fine in a bucket filled with tank water for hours.
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Thank you. I posted my message and then read below and realized this had been discussed many times. I will be sure to RINSE well!! I have another question. In one of the posts, someone posted a picture of flourite in a paint bag. In the picture , it looks like styrofoam on the botttom of the tank to build it up. What a great idea, what kind of styrofoam do you buy to do that?? Thanks for all the help-
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