Ok I did the complete transformation last night, taking all of my fish out, removing UGF, removing gravel--- to then put in eco complete, adding all the new live plants, and putting the fish back. SOMEWHERE SOMETHING HAS GONE WRONG.... I took 33 gallon barrel and filled it with about 20g of my tank water, caught my fish and put them in the 33g with the heater and powerhead to keep things oxygenated for them. After this I lifted up the UGF plates. There was LOT of gunk underneath, but I got the idea that Leaving the mulm from the gravel and that from under the UGF would be the best idea....(instant aging the substrate). Well while this was all settling I brought out the eco-complete. As I poured it into the tank It was nothing but a big white cloud. As the cloud settled..(TOOK A LONG TIME) I have what looks like a White layer of silt ontop of the eco. Is this just the mulm or something in the eco? Everytime a fish moves it kicks it up all over the tank. It is also coating the fish and the walls of the tank!!!!! I added all of my fish back into the tank last night after being in the barrel for around 3hrs. It was not as bad, but still rather cloudy at that time.IS THIS NORMAL?
This morning the layer is still there. Most fish seem to be doing well, EXCEPT MY DISCUS!!!!!!
Though I used all of the same water in the transaction, I chose to add 5 capfuls of START RIGHT declor to the tank. It says you may add when adding new fish, and that it stimulates slime coat.
My Discus look like they have been in a war!!! Their slime is literally covering them and falling off in sheets... they are very timmid and hardly move, some sitting close to the substrate some hovering in the high corners.
WHAT DO I DO!!! Do I do a water change to suck the junk off of the gravel? I want to be able to get the planting OVER WITH as to let everyone settle in, but dont want to over stress them in the process???
CAN SOMEONE HELP!!!!!????