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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-01-2009, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Post EST. planted tank needs new substrate

I allready have plants growing in my 10 gallon tank but I know the plants would do so much better if I had a better substrate rather than my color coated gravel. I was woundering how do i take my existing plants and fish and add the new substrate with out killing off my whole tank. Do I drain my water and place the fish and plants in it while I take out the gravel and pour everything back in or do I have to cycle the tank agin IDK?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-02-2009, 01:29 AM
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it's really not that hard, i did it this fall.

go out and buy the new gravel and a gravel vac/siphon (if you don't already have one). Drain the water into a big bucket, and put your fish in there, and put your plants in a separate bucket with a little water. Or in the same bucket, but make sure your fish have enough room to swim around. Then just take out the old gravel in handfuls and put in the new gravel (after rinsing it if needed). fill it up really slowly to avoid horribly cloudy water (mostly just if your going to use eco-complete), and then put your fish and plants back in.

Don't change your filter that day (wait a week or so), because then you will have a huge nitrogen spike and your fish will probably die. If you just leave it in place, the good bacteria should stay there and keep your fish just fine.

Congratulations, now you have a new addiction!
now go out and find some amazing looking new plants and let them thrive!

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-02-2009, 06:25 AM
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I just redid my 110g tank I had about 80lb of SMS I empty as much of my water that i could in some containers and 5 gal buckets , I did not touch my filter and I took all my fishes and plants out and put them in the same containers and empty my tank and replace my gravel with 6 boxes of ECO I fill with tap water and did a couple of water changes to get it clear then I filled it 3/4 way an added some Prime and ran my dirty filter over night , Next day I added all my water,fishes,plants and wood back in and did not loose a fish
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wow that method sound really easy to do
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