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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-07-2013, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Moving fish from planted to non-planted...bad?

As part of a new build, I have to fully tear down my existing setup. I've purchased a 30G tank to temporarily (1-2 months) house the fish - will be doing weekly 25% water changes.

What I'm not sure of...does this tank also have to be planted, or will the fish be okay? I am fine with going to the effort of planting if it means the difference between losing fish and not.

I guess what I'm asking is how stressful will it be to the fish going from a 50G planted to 30G non-planted?
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As far as I know there's no data on stress on fish in bare tank, but I suspect being in a bare tank isn't the place they choose if they had the choice.
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Like steve said, the fish may prefer planted to non planted. As long as the water quality is good though the fish should be happy. Some hiding places created from rocks or driftwood would help them feel more comfortable as well.
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That's what I figured, thanks guys. I won't do substrate-planted, but will include the anubias/moss/driftwood I have in another tank, should do the trick for a month or so.

They'll be super happy in their new home after this, I'm sure.
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Even without a substrate, adding floating stems or floaters with trailing roots can help fish feel more at home.

It gives them breaks in the line of sight, food for foragers and they carry biofilm and nitrifying critters.


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Thanks guys, came across this picture from dewalltheway's build thread, problem solved!

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