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Scaping your planted aquarium

OK I have been debating on re-scaping my current 46gal bow. It has just become a jungle and the Giant hygro has taken allot of the beauty away or choked most of the other plants. Seems I am always chopping and cutting away at the plant.
What I am wondering how many other PT members have changed there complete layout of there tanks?
Did it take 5 hours?
Was 75% or more plants removed and replanted?
Was all live stock removed?
These are just a few questions I am curious about.
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OK I have been debating on re-scaping my current 46gal bow. It has just become a jungle and the Giant hygro has taken allot of the beauty away or choked most of the other plants. Seems I am always chopping and cutting away at the plant.
What I am wondering how many other PT members have changed there complete layout of there tanks?
Did it take 5 hours?
Was 75% or more plants removed and replanted?
Was all live stock removed?
These are just a few questions I am curious about.
Thanks
I've re arranged my tank a couple of times. Pretty much a 100% replant and purge. Fish stay in. Filter changed after water clears up some. As for how long I wish there were five solitary hours but at my house that is not going to happen. If your going to move around hardscape and plant's five hours whould be a good budget timeframe.

Nice thing about this activity is you can really see how many fish are in there. For me I was supprised how many ottos were still in there. Also the fact there fat means to me they are happy.

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If I rescape my 20g, I remove all the plants, except the carpet/foreground (if its going to remain). I also wipe any algae if necessary and try to move the substrate to create the look that I want. For a complete rescape -- 2-3 hrs. For just a water change and light trim -- 1 hr.

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i think I arrage mine every two weeks! As I get to know what plants do better with my conditions, and what I like and don't like, I make changes. OKOK I have A D D
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I just redid my 120gal tank. I took all the plants and driftwood out. I drained the tank down to about 6 inches so i could catch some of the fish I was moving to a different tank. Took me about 4 hours maybe but 2 of that was trying to catch the 10 SAE's I had in the tank.....they are smart and fast buggers. The fish I was keeping stayed in the tank and I refilled it replanted it and they are all doing fine now...of course all the activity of me trying to catch the other fish freaked them out quite a bit.
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IM in the process of doing it now it seems that im the only person who has mass problems with flouite! so yesterday 4:00 i started checked all driftwood for cories, ottos ect pulled everything out except the carpet (keeping that the way it is) and ended up with a clouded red tank ( yes i washed my flourite ive had it for a year and its still this mess mabey i AM just unlucky.) Did a 25% water change,Then put everything i could in tubs and what plants / driftwood i had left place in regulary misted garbage bags.... Waited until this morning when it was clear caught my flying fox im gettng rid of. Next i waited until i got home and did 25% water change again, re-scaped my rocks to get a sloped effect and ended up with red again! so now im waiting its taken me 24 hours and will end up taking more im sure. But thats just me i love to rescape my tank constanly but flourite has ended the one month changes i had in the past


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so now im waiting its taken me 24 hours and will end up taking more im sure.


I wish it was that easy for me to leave the plants out. But when there is a 2 year old that thinks he needs to help with everything which I don't have a problem with but the time he picks up a plant and starts to hand it over it is in 4 or 5 parts or he will run off with it and while I chase him down he will throw it.
I guess I am going to take some late night and get it all down in one shot.
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make sure you take all your plants and go through them well to make sure your not getting fish with them. I found a platy fry in my bucket of plants i removed from my tank 3 days later, and then found a oto in the bucket about 4 days after that. The otto was white as a ghost when i tossed him back in the tank but I think he made it....or disappeared forever in the 120gal.
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Yeah, I second the point that oblongshrimp made. I've accidentally grabbed plants out that had shrimps attached and they ended up dying b/c I left it out for so long while rescaping. I was also doing a small water change and trim a couple nights ago and I must have accidentally siphoned out one of my rummynose tetras. If that's what happened, he's probably fertilizing our shrubs and flowers in front of the house, in a mannor of speaking...

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