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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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Moving plants around and dirt tanks questions


My tank has been up and running great for almost 4 months. Tonight I removed a few dead plants. This kicked up a lot of debris which the filter will take care of.

I am interested in converting my tank to dirted substrate topped by the existing gravel. How would I do this without killing the fish and other critters? I would not do this for at least a few more weeks until my newer fish and plants get established. I just want the existing plants to grow faster so the fish have a better environment.

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Id say the best way to add dirt under your existing gravel is going to have to be to drain it and take out all the gravel... Just get a 5gal bucket or 2 and keep the fish in there with your filter running while you work. If you keep your filter running in the bucket of tank water, you shouldent re-cycle when you put it all back together!
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I have also heard of folks freezing the dirt substrate into flattened sections. You would be able to then slide it under your existing substrate. I have not personally done this, but have seen it mentioned by others
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