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Hey guys,

I currently am running a 10 gallon planted tank. I've been going for the iwagumi look. I guess you could say I roughly achieved it. This is how it looks as of right now:

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The question I have is that if I were to try to take everything out and rescape from scratch. Would that mess up the bacteria culture I have in my tank and damage it to where I would have to start to cycle it over? How would I go about trying to rescape it? I want to do something with sand substrate and driftwood. Do you think that's too drastic? How would you be able to plant plants if it's sand substrate? Is that possible? o_O Any nutrients from sand? Or would I have to do something to incorporate my eco-complete in it?
 

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You might cause an ammonia spike when you disturb the substrate, so I'd do a few water changes after the dust settles and lower the photoperiod for a little while in case green water wants to show up. I do drastic rescapes every once in a while. As long as there isn't a ton of fauna in there, you should be fine. Sand has no nutrients, but sand works great. You could do a layer of mineralized soil under it, or use a few root tabs. hth.
 

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You should consider posting that inspiration link from APC, maybe find some top ranking tanks as inspiration that relates to what you want to accomplish. What you're aiming for is a complete change of ideas from what you're doing right now.

-Philosophos
 

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If I have fish in the tank that I would like to put back. How would I go about that if the ammonia is spiking?
 
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