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Exclamation What to consider - trying to make an existing aquarium planted

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I already have an 29 G biocube established aquarium with a couple of plants (planted water sprite). I want to make it more plant heavy. I have a few concerns though: The gravel in the aquarium is regular aquarium gravel and larger size as well.

I guess the light might just be enough (72 W) for plants requiring medium intensity.

How do I change / include the substrates that are necessary for a plant heavy aquarium?

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Best way to change substrates if you want to is to take all fish out and put them in a bucket, take all decorations/plants out (keep plants moist if possible, can float them in a bucket), drain the tank down to the gravel (make sure you got all the fish before you do this), and then do your substrate swap. Once new substrate is in, hardscape and plant it and then put your fish back in. If your water is super cloudy you may want to do one or two large water changes before putting your fish back in, but most of the time it should be ok unless you are working with a dirt tank (not recommended for a beginner).

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Thanks for the reply. If I just swap out the substrate, wouldn't I loose all the necessary bacteria?? I would have to cycle the tank again?
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Having a nice plant substrate isn't an absolute must. My first planted tank was a converted tank too. It had pink epoxy coated gravel and the plants thrived. I increased the light, added some diy co2 and fertilized. eventually I changed it for pool filter sand. Looks nicer but still it's just an innert substrate. Recently I put flourite black sand into another tank. If you don't want to spend lots of time and engery rinsing, i would stay away from flourite.

I would lower the water level in the tank, unplug the filter and scoop out the old stuff. Add the new stuff after rinsing. As long as this whole process didn't take many hours, and you dont do anyting to your filter, i'd say your tank probably maintains it's cycle.
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As long as you've kept the filter sponges in the back, your biocube shouldn't have any issues maintaining its bacteria colony. Those tanks always have lots of room for filter media.
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You could always put some of the old substrate in a knee high panty hose for a while and keep that in the tank for awhile too but as long as your filter pads are ok you probably shouldn't have to do that. Wouldn't look great but that could help some.


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