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Post how should i put dirt and sand in an already elstablished tank

i have just normal gravel in my 20 gallon and im switching to dirt soon how should i go about the switch there are fish in the tank as well
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Well this is the easiest way to add substrate to an already established tank. Go And. buy one of those loofah puffs, cut it up into squares. Fill with dirt and place in gravel.

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You would have to take the fish out of the tank. I would also prep the soil.


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Of course I would also recommend treating the soil before

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Don't think there's an easy way to add dirt to an established tank. You would pretty much have to set up the tank from scratch again.
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You don't have to start from scratch. Yes, drain and swap out substrate but the filter is established and dirt tank cycle super fast because the nitrifying bacteria live in dirt. It'll take a few days to cycle although you probably won't like the tannins that will leach out. You'll need to do frequent water changes.


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I agree that you don't have to start from scratch.

I filled a tote with tank water and put my piece of driftwood in there. Then i just placed my filter on the back. I left them in overnight and did about 5 100% water changes on the main tank then added the fish back to the main tank using the majority of the water from the tote to go with them. BB spreads quickly so I didn't even have a mini cycle.
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I did a single day swap on the tank in this thread
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=143352


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