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Best way to renovate 5 gallon?
Old 05-28-2011, 05:46 AM   #1
 
Best way to renovate 5 gallon?

Hey guys, I'm not happy with my crs tank so I want to re do it. I want to rescape my gravel so it has a hill etc and also replant it. Is it ok if I drain out all my water into a bucket and put my shrimp in that while I work out what I want then once everythings planted put the water back in? Just wondering if I do that will my re cycle or anything. Thanks guys.
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:47 AM   #2
 
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If you keep most of the gravel in the bucket while you work on the tank, you'll keep your bacteria intact. Just don't stick new chlorinated water in the reworked tank and dump in the gravel without dechlorinating! I had a 29 gallon tank bottom fail and kept the fish in a 5 gallon bucket, with my canister filter running, for three days no problem. Might get a small mini-cycle, depends. What type of filter do you currently have?
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:16 AM   #3
 
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As long as you keep the filter media wet or keep it going...You can hang the filter over the side of the bucket and keep it running.Most of the beneficial bacteria live in the filter media and in and on the surface of substrates and decorations...Not really in the water itself...So it should be fine. Like the other user mentioned..if you decide to change substrates and decoration you may run into a very mini cycle...But as long as you keep the filter media wet you should be ok.
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Old 05-28-2011, 12:46 PM   #4
 
Yeah sweet. I was gonna put the filter in the bucket while I replanted my tank. So it should be fine? Also I hate my substrate but can't change it cos I have hc growing on it. But if I decided to get rid of it. Could I safely get rid of all the gravel and swap it with those fert substrates? Or am I asking for trouble? Lol
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Old 05-29-2011, 03:29 PM   #5
 
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A swap should work. As long as the filter media is intact, you'll have some bacteria. You will probably get a cycle (mini or otherwise?) if you change out all the substrate. Increase the frequency of partial water changes and monitor the tank parameters until the bacteria get reestablished in any new substrate.
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:36 PM   #6
 
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to avoid a mini cycle, get one of those small mesh bags at your LFS and put your gravel you hate in that and sit that for awhile in your tank, or put in your filter, until you can make sure your getting good readings on your water parameters, than you can throw the old gravel.

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Old 05-29-2011, 09:13 PM   #7
 
Ok thanks everyone!
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:12 AM   #8
 
Ok how about this? Ive ordered a mini canister filter (for more room)so if I run that in the tank for one week, with the other filter aswell. Then take EVERYTHING out, wash the tank, then put new substrate in and replant then fill with water and do what Gwen said with some old gravel in a bag. Will my tank def not go through a cycle?
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:12 PM   #9
 
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Ok how about this? Ive ordered a mini canister filter (for more room)so if I run that in the tank for one week, with the other filter aswell. Then take EVERYTHING out, wash the tank, then put new substrate in and replant then fill with water and do what Gwen said with some old gravel in a bag. Will my tank def not go through a cycle?
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All tanks have to cycle when first set up. The nitrifying bacteria must become established and multiply according to the level of ammonia and then nitrite. This takes time, normally from 2 to 6 or 8 weeks.

"Seeding" the tank with existing live bacteria from filter media, substrate, wood or rock from an established tank, etc., simply "jumpstarts" the process. The advantage is less chance of "new tank syndrome" as it is called, when fish are exposed to high ammonia and then nitrite.
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