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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Switching tanks, anyway to salvage carpet?

I have the itch to upgrade my tank, but I JUST got my Monte Carlo carpet grown in and the way I want it. Is there anyway to transfer it to a new tank without starting all over?
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Might be stating the obvious, but I would try to scoop it and the substrate it's attached to out from underneath. Maybe using a clean dustpan or such if it's a larger area.
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Thanks. You know. That might work. For some reason I was picturing removing it when the tank was full. Doh. After your comment I picture draining and using a dustpan to scoop it all ... thanks! (Apparently whatís obvious to most completely alludes me. Lol)
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I agree with Blue Ridge Reef , but anytime you make such a major change such as moving to a different/bigger tank you risk "starting" over as far as the balance of the tank is/was . I will say I have completely changed the substrate in tanks before and everything went fine . Just saying do what you can but don't get discouraged if things take a step backwards for a while . Good luck!

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You could try doing a reverse drystart on the carpet? It would take a while but i have read about it being done once before.
Drain tank till water level just covers carpet, over the course of a month slowly drain the tank till the plants are exposed and healthy. This would allow you to transplant/replant and then drystart again.

(I am no expert i am only trying my first dry start now after many years in hobby)
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If you go the way of trying to scoop out the substrate and carpet en-bloc (spelling?), you could buy an inexpensive thin flexible poly plastic cutting mat and slide it under the substrate. Or anything else thin/flat and flexible.

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If you go the way of trying to scoop out the substrate and carpet en-bloc (spelling?), you could buy an inexpensive thin flexible poly plastic cutting mat and slide it under the substrate. Or anything else thin/flat and flexible.
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I agree with Blue Ridge Reef , but anytime you make such a major change such as moving to a different/bigger tank you risk "starting" over as far as the balance of the tank is/was . I will say I have completely changed the substrate in tanks before and everything went fine . Just saying do what you can but don't get discouraged if things take a step backwards for a while . Good luck!
This is why I havenít actually done it. My tank ha been running really well. I think iíll Go ahead and order the tank and wait until I inevitably run into a problem. Then ill be ready to switch out all out.
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Perhaps take the head off of a square nose shovel, sanitize it, and scoop up the monte carlo?

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I am skeptical that transfer of the entire carpet mat would work well though i havn't tried before
I think the practical approach would be to cut it up into sufficiently sized chunks and plant those fairly close together, similar to what many do when they purchase tissue culture and plant them densly, the carpet should fill in quite quickly this way and be properly rooted


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