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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-17-2009, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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What do you do when you move the tank?

I am just starting a planted tank but I am moving next year. When I take the substrate out, how do you prevent the stuff on the bottom from mixing with the sand on the top?
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By "stuff on the bottom", are you referring to detritus? If so, let it mix. It's good for the plants.

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I drained the tank to the point that it was light enough to move and left everything in there.

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Move a tank with anything in it ONLY if it is a small tank, say 20g or less. Anything larger needs to be broken down. Moving a tank without breaking it down can do a lot of damage to the tank. The seams are not designed to withstand the stress of being moved while simultaneously holding a lot of weight. Weaken a seam, and the whole tank can crack later. A bad idea.

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Layered substrates, especially with a layer of clay or topsoil, just don't work when you try to remove them and reinstall them. Look at it as a cheap substrate, a disposable substrate, and start over.

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I've reused the cap layer after a thorough washing, but the peat or soil or whatever it is underneath it has to be scrapped. That isn't hard to do; I've got it sitting around from some terrestrial houseplants anyway. In a bigger tank, it might be more difficult.

I also get strange looks from my husband when I am washing sand in a bucket in the sink.
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Sift the cap. Thow the rest away.
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