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post #3 of (permalink) Old 03-21-2015, 02:24 PM
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I'm about to change out my substrate also and have done so once in the past. Went from gravel to pool filter sand and now to black diamond blasting sand. When I changed to pool filter sand I took everything out of the tank, put my fish in a tub with my filters ( 2 hob's) and heater rescaped the tank put all new water in with declorinator and put the fish back in. Did not even check parameters, fish were fine. But, when I do this again I will add the old water from the tub and top off with new instead of all new water. My filters are also established with bb. I will also check parameters this time and have switched over to using prime for my declorinator. I read that if you could put some old substrate in a nylon mesh bag or something like that and let it hang in the tank it also helps. The substrate holds quite a bit of bacteria. I don't think that your parameters will get any worse, maybe feed lighter than normal until bb establishes in the rest of the tank.
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