I've always liked the way white looked in the bottom of the tank. It's easier to see the mess and so forth, and my fish pop against it. Though in a planted tank, the black is sure nice. I would like to move my fish and make a complete transition, but I lack the resources to do so, so I was hoping I could convert with what I have. It just seems risky IMO. My containment options are a 10 gal that would keep them warm enough, though they'd tear each other apart being downgraded like that. I've never had issues cycling a tank (I'll admit I go the easy route with the bottled formula because it served the purpose I needed when I moved.) Thanks for your input on the re-cycle; I'll look more into it.
Edit: I'm also overwhelmed when it comes to substrate. I've spent hours of research on the subject and just can't find anything that doesn't scare me. Fluorite clouds excessively, Aqua-soil melts plants, Miracle Grow causes ammonia spikes, etc. Bleh. It's almost enough to make me not want to go through with this, even after how excited I've been to convert.
Last edited by tex79; 03-27-2014 at 05:42 AM.
Reason: Second thoughts