I have decided to change the substrate in one of my tanks. I don't yet know how I am going to go about it. The tank has tons of plants which need to be downsized again anyway so... Now is as good of a time as any, right?
Have any of you changed substrate in an exsisting tank while the fish were in it? I am thinking I am nuts for even thinking about it and will likely need the better part of a day to do it but... I am ready for the challange. I am going from red (natural) to black eco. I am also thinking of changing the plant lay out but have no actual plan for that yet either. I have some very large swords in there and a lot of other plants. Any suggestions?
I am not intending to move the fish out, I intend to do this slow and carefully. Scoop and remove the current substrate a scoop at a time and then add the new. Do you think it is possible? I will keep the current filter and re-add the plants so an to not need to recycle the tank. So anyway, I am looking for tips or suggestions from anyone who has done this in the past.
I tend to get sick of looking at the same thing so I do putz with my tanks a lot. I add and remove plants and wood. My thought are, that in nature, the environment changes. Fish should not be stuck in the same old, same old for their whole lives. Again, any tips or suggestions will be appreciated.