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Red Sea Flora Root over gravel ?

I have a 55 gal planted with gravel that I dose with excel and I have flourish tabs in the gravel. This is getting expensive though. I was thinking of putting Red Sea Flora Root over the gravel to help with the doseing. I was wondering if anybody has done this or if you think it will work. I cant redo the tank because I have alot of Platy fry in there and my wife would not like to see any of them die. ( Shes a huge animal lover )

I was going to use a piece of PVC with a funnel taped to the top to get the Red Sea Flora Root into the tank without causeing too much cloudiness in the water.

Please let me know if you think this will work or offer up some other advice.

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I've never used that substrate personally, but would be willing to bet it will make a big mess that way?

Why don't you remove the water and fish into a big clean bucket or plastic bin, and just run an airstone in the bucket while you do your substrate switcharoo...

If you've got a little frisbee or at least a plate to pour on while pouring the back in that should help disturb the substrate less.

Does anyone know if this substrate will cause an ammonia spike like AquaSoil will?





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I would not put it over the gravel. I did the same with my 55g and regretted it forever, grows plants great but very messy mixed look if I moved substrate around much.

I would transfer all the fish with a water change to a big garbage can. (look up Steve's threads about doing this with discus! user name is scolley.) Then switching the substrates. I know you do not want to do this now, but you will regret it in the end if you don't.

As for the fry, one less your wife can't know about if something happens. They eat their own for goodness sake!

I don't believe there is much if any ammonia spike with Flora base. I've used it in all my tanks to date.

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As for the fry, one less your wife can't know about if something happens. They eat their own for goodness sake!

I have made that argument myself many times. Besides the fish were $2 ea. the plant package was about $40.


Thanks alot for the headsup, I will definately think more on this before I continue.

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If I go with the method of transferring the fish to a bucket, how can I speed up the process of cycling the tank so that I can get the fish back in the tank quicker.

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As long as you keep the filter going and keep any other decorations or plants you already have in there, and put 50% of the fish water back in the tanks, IMO you should go ahead and put the fish right back in. With an established filter going you should be able to minimize the cycle. You should keep an eye out for a minicycle and be prepared to do some PWC just in case, though.

If you are able to do everything on the same day, and keep plenty of mulm from the current tank to throw in underneath the new substrate, that would be ideal- you do that, plant, and add your fish and use the same filter all in the same day you might not see any spikes at all.





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I think I will getting everything I need to get this process done. I should be a nice weekend project. Thanks so much for the great advice, as always.
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