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Changing substrate

Is there any easy way to change or add more substrate with fish in the tank?
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adding yet... changing no. your best bet would be to move the fish, their water, a large portion of the substrate and filtration to a temporary tub


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adding yet... changing no. your best bet would be to move the fish, their water, a large portion of the substrate and filtration to a temporary tub

how long can they hold like that?
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I've redone my tank and upgraded to a new tank about 3 times in a 2 week period after the plant/shrimp bug bit me. lol. I drained some water into a pot, scooped up my frogs, fish and shrimp, put an air stone in there and then switched my substrate over from a 10gal to a 20long, trimmed my plants, replanted, everything, refilled, let the water sit and clear up and stablized to room temp, so probably a few hours anyways from start to finish.

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I switched my substrate in my shrimp tank from flourite to fluval stratum. I just took everything out (plants, driftwood, etc). Scooped out 90% of it, slowly to not scoop out any shrimp and not mess up the water horribly, left some of the mulm and some of the substrate that I couldn't get out (maybe a half inch, I also didn't know if I would have enough stratum that's why I left about a half inch). Placed the driftwood where I wanted it. Then gently rinsed the stratum and put it in slowly with a little glad Tupperware container. Let the filter run for a hour after I was done and it cleared up pretty quickly, and replanted everything. I had I think 2 shrimp die, probably from stress, but outside of that it went pretty smoothly.

If you leave some of the mulm, your filter is cycled, and depending on how densly planted it is you shouldn't have to worry about any type of recycle as long as the substrate won't cause a cycle (I.e Aquasoil causes a ammonia spike for a short while after introduced to a tank).

Note: This is just my experience, others may have different experiences with changing substrate and the effects on live stock.


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So I'm doing some research and I've got a question about the Oil Dri.

Since it's made of clay does it have the same benefit as laterite in that it absorbs nutrients and holds them until the plants can use them??
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