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Questions for upcoming re-scape

Not sure if this is the right section but had a few, probably silly questions. My wife is finally going back to work (she's a lecturer) on Tuesday so I get to finally do the re-scape that I have been planning.
I have a nice big 50 litre container I can move the fish into while I'm working. I can move the filter and heater there any syphon off the tank water in. The filter produces bubbles so I know there should be a reasonable level of o2, will this be good enough to keep them happy and healthy while I work? and can I leave them in there over night if the job spills over?

Im also planning on removing the sand substrate so that I can put some soil under it in preparation for future planting when I have the budget for it. Will this be a good idea or should I do any planting before I flood the tank? I want to avoid any soil blow-outs that could ruin the water quality.

How do I clean the wood that's in the tank? I know i can just bleach the rocks, but the mopani wood I have in there is starting to turn black so needs a thorough clean.

I have an armoured shrimp, can he be plopped in with the other fish while I work or will this stress him out? I have got a 15 litre tank on my window he can go in if this is a risk.

Last stupid question (for now) I have a pair of hillstream loaches that I will need to move. Since I plan to thoroughly clean the tank and furniture they may not have a food source for a couple of weeks, should I move them to the window tank? or is there a way to supplement their food in the interim?


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Im also planning on removing the sand substrate so that I can put some soil under it in preparation for future planting when I have the budget for it. Will this be a good idea or should I do any planting before I flood the tank? I want to avoid any soil blow-outs that could ruin the water quality....

I prefer to do a major re=planting with out water in the tank (damp substrate).

I use MTS/Sand Cap and I find this to be the cleanest method of planting. I'm actually doing that right now.
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Thank you for the advice, will see if I can lay my hands on the plants I want before I get started with it then.


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