Originally Posted by jaysee
Why do you want to save as much water as you can?? All you'd be doing is transferring nitrates back into the tank.... The only amount of water that you should save is the amount that is in the bucket containing your fish. Once you are done setting up the tank and filling it back up with water, simply acclimate the fish to the new water like you would if you were bringing home new fish.
Because I are not the bright? Honestly, I don't even know how I have a well-established and, by the water parameters, healthy aquarium. The first year of keeping fish was a dicey crap-shoot. The second year was/has been maintaining what I managed to eek out at the end of the first year. I haven't done a tear-down/reconstruction in a year, and the last time was under duress thanks to a leaky seal and ignorance. I guess with that instant tear down and relocation we kept as much water, substrate, and filter media as we possibly could. Since I'd be getting rid of the filter media and substrate, I guess the water can go, too.
Since I use a sump filter for the 72, could I get away with filling a large container or two with the substrate, filter media, and water and get a head start on the cycling process so that when I go to rebuild the tank, I primarily have to just relocate the stuff in the containers with the cycle well underway?
Originally Posted by Maxillius
or maybe a quicker solution would be to pour in a bottle of flourish excel! hehe altho im not sure it will work ...
The snails have lived through heavy copper and ammonia doses. While the idea sounds fine, I don't trust it enough to spend even more time/money on the excel. The idea, however, did get a chuckle out of me; I feel badly, but not too badly, about the snail genocide.