Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Midlothian, Texas
Changing from gravel to Eco-Complete
I am about to change from white and black gravel to Eco-Complete...like this weekend or next (in the next month). My plan is to take all the fish out and put into a large rubbermaid tote with as much water as I get get out of the tank on Friday (after work), then on Saturday, come in with a 2nd tote for the heavy decor, as much water as I can salvage. I plan on swishing around in the gravel to stir up the YUCK so I can syphon it into the 2nd tote. The gravel will go into a 3rd empty tote (unless I need a 3rd tote for water).
Once the tank is empty, I am planning on spray painting the back of the tank black to hide all the wires, tubes, etc. that hang down the back of the tank (Hubby helping). Once that is dry, I will add water from the decor tote (I want all the YUCK from that tote) and then add the Eco-Complete. By this time, I am sure it will be lunch time, so we will take a break and let the Eco and YUCK settle, then I will add the decor back into the tank (Plants will come later..I know it is easier to add now, but I will be removing from my 10g RCS tank and I don't want to cause a mini cycle in that tank). I have a Roman Collusiem? that I will put back in the tank and use that as a buffer for replacing the water. I will probably end up doing a normal 25% water change during this, so I am not to worried about adding all that YUCK back into the tank.
Now after all this...how soon should I add the fish back? Can I...should I...add them back as soon as the tank is full of water (acclimating them of course), or should I wait until Sunday or Monday to add them back. Should I expect a mini cycle in this tank? I use Prime as a water conditioner. Remember, this is the tank I have at work, so it will be a special trip to come back on Sunday (one I am more than willing to make).
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