First of all, let me apologize for constantly starting threads to ask questions here. I feel like I have been asking too many questions lately. I really appreciate the help though!
So today after reading about Cory's, I decided to upgrade to sand from rough gravel. I really want to house some Cory's but do not want them to live damaging their barbells on the rough substrate.
I did a lot of research today before doing the sand change. I went out to my local Ace and bought a 50lb bag of playsand. Brought it home and rinsed it over and over and over and over...you get the point. Added it to the bottom of the empty tank, filled it with a little bit of new water, and then put back all of the original water, plants, and decor. Everything looks clean and clear just how I was hoping it would.
My questions is, did I start a mini cycle by doing all of this? The filter stayed wet, plants and decor in original tank water, and then most of the clean tank water from before was added back. I'm hoping nothing that I did started a mini cycle. The fish store is closed but I will test the water tomorrow when I can get some equipment.