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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-24-2008, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Converting my Community Tank

This summer i plan to finish converting my community tank into a planted tank. I already have plants planted in my gravel and all, but i want to upgrade lighting, substrate, and yank out my undergravel filter. I just wanted to see whether you all thought that the following procedure would be good and not put undue stress on the fish and the system overall.

My idea on how to do it:
1) pull my HOB filter off the tank i'm converting (tank #1) and hook it up to my other community tank (tank #2) along with the existing filtration
2) take the fish from tank #1 and place them in tank #2 (with a divider so that they don't get chomped)
2a) 30% daily water change on tank #2 while there is an increased bioload

3) yank the substrate and undergravel filter and discard
4) add the new substrate (probably fluorite)
5) scape and plant
6) as the ammonia and nitrites zero, slowly add the fish back a few at a time
6a) i was planning on replacing the filter on tank #2, so i think i'll buy that when i add the fish back into tank #1 so i can replace the HOB on tank #1, but still have the extra filtration power on the dreadfully overstocked tank #2

Any advice will be appreciated
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I done this twice now myself. Here is what I did.
Tank 1 - removed fish to a ice chest Friday night. Saturday drained tank removed gravel. Replaced with new substrate, planted and filled back up. Installed new XP2 canister. Cut up old bio wheel and put in mesh filter bag in canister. I am a huge beliver in BioSpira!! Put BioSpira in on Saturday after planting. Sunday put all fish back in. No fish loss. With a fully planted tank and BioSpira there is no need for a fishless cycle. I have even heard some say it without the BioSpria. For the extre $20 I would add it.
Tank 2 - same as above but didn't have a bio wheel to cut up. Still reintroduced fish the next day using the BioSpira. No issues.

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after reading about the BioSpira, i'll definitely use it when i do the change, thanks . how often did you change the water in the cooler over the weekend?
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Didn't do any water changes. They were only in it for about 36 hours. I know some people use a big tub and attach the HOB filter if it is going to be a while.

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Sounds like a plan, if you can do it in a day, then it shouldnt be bad at all. Take the gravel out with water in the tank if you can. Makes it much easier to siphon out the last remain gravel. I hate picking up individual pebbles out. Just a preference there, but whatever works lol. I would use 2 filters on your tank 1 though, the one that was on it originally and the new one for a bit to also help establish the bacteria. Unless you can take all the media out of it and put it in the new filter. Oh and maybe the day before this all, rinse the substrate if needed, flourite can take a while to clean.
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