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Question Input: Gradual replacement vs. Complete Make-over?

Hi All!
Wanted to get some input/feedback/suggestions from everyone on something I've been contemplating lately.
I currently have a 29 gallon tank, you can see some pictures of it here: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=19253

Just imagine it being alot more overgrown now.

Anyway, question is, I planted alot of the plants you see in the picture as fast growers just so I can get the tank established. Now that things seem to be well-established, I want to truly get started with Aquascaping.
Should I take EVERYTHING out and plant/scape it the way I want it? Or should I slowly replace each plant with the ones I want?

What are your thoughts on this?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-30-2005, 08:53 PM
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I take out half of the water,put it aside. Then remove plants washing in the water that is left in the tank,put them aside. drain tank wash substrate. scape,then add water+ferts. full redo is fine doing it this way. Just like doing a big waterchange. This is how I do it.
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Thanks fishmasterno1_2,
But wouldn't that kill all the beneficial bacteria already established by doing a complete "make-over?" And what is the purpose of washing the existing plants in the old water in the tank, if I plan on replacing all of them with different plants?
Just wondering....

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I would suggest replacing one plant for another slowly. Also you can make sure that your biomass stays about the same and not have to make major changes to your ferts. Before the next water change check your NO3, PO4 and see if they are higher or lower than before the plant change. This will allow you to adjust for each new plant slowly without having to deal with the possibility of new tank syndrome. On a side note this is not what I do anymore but if your worried about the change it's an option.

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briandmiles,
If this isn't what you do anymore, may I ask what method you use now? I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing and not ruin my tank or its inhabitants.

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