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Extra 40 pounds of gravel... Should I change out my blue or do something else with it
Old 08-06-2013, 11:13 AM   #11
 
So, I can change the gravel in my existing tank, keeping some of the old gravel in media bags. I keep the used filter in the existing tank. THEN, when I move, I will bring the bags of used gravel and put them in my new tank. Eventually, the bacteria from the old gravel will colonize in the new tank's new filter, and I can remove the old gravel. Did I get that right? How much of the old gravel should I save? Would a pound or two be okay?

Thank you SO much for this information! This is really helping.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:44 AM   #12
 
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Jaysee depending on the size of the gravel and the size of the hose you can siphon it out. I have done it numerous times but yeah a shop vac would do it a lot better.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:46 AM   #13
 
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Yes, you've got that right. The bacteria living on the gravel will also colonize the substrate of the new tank. It may not be enough to do an instant cycle, but it takes considerably less time for existing bacteria colonies to spread than it does for them to set up shop in the first place. Another thing that you can do is put a media bag of gravel in the new tanks filter.

What size is the old tank, and the new tank?
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:47 AM   #14
 
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So, I can change the gravel in my existing tank, keeping some of the old gravel in media bags. I keep the used filter in the existing tank. THEN, when I move, I will bring the bags of used gravel and put them in my new tank. Eventually, the bacteria from the old gravel will colonize in the new tank's new filter, and I can remove the old gravel. Did I get that right? How much of the old gravel should I save? Would a pound or two be okay?

Thank you SO much for this information! This is really helping.
A pound or so would be plenty. You can keep it in a mesh bag or panty hose. Let it sit under the filter flow so it gets some water movement and you should be fine.
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:40 PM   #15
 
The old tank is 38 gallons, and the new tank is 29. I don't have a working syphon, so I will just take it out by hand. (The one I bought won't fit on the sink faucets at my fiance's house, even with an adapter. Hopefully it will fit at my apartment though! I just went out and bought four filter media bags. My apartment is a little over 2 hours away, and I won't be setting up the new tank until the night, as I will be moving things from the moving truck. I was thinking of filling up a ziplock bag with water (with water conditioner) on the day of the move and putting the media bags full of gravel in the ziplock bags. All in all, the gravel will be out of a tank for probably 5 or even 6 hours. Will the bacteria survive that?
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:34 AM   #16
 
I did it! Goodbye blue, hello natural honey color!


It was a lot more disgusting than I thought to remove the gravel by hand, and I am having trouble replanting one of the plants, but I think it's going to turn out to be worth it once I add some new plants. (It looks very bare and bland now compared to the blue gravel. I am in desperate need of some more greenery!)

I left the old filter cartridge in the tank, along with about a pound and a half of old gravel in media bags. This morning I did water tests, and here's what I got:

Ammonia - I couldn't tell if it was 0 ppm or a little more. I am guessing it was around .05 ppm. The lowest reading on the key, other than 0, is .25, and it wasn't even very close to that.
NitrItes- 0
NitrAtes- 10 ppm


I don't know if the tank if going to go through a cycle all over again or if the presence of nitrates means it isn't going to. What do you guys think?
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:13 PM   #17
 
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Congrats! Now how about showing off all your hard work? We love pics!!

As long as there is Ammonia showing and there is fish in there I would do a water change once a day and use a conditioner that detoxifies ammonia. The tank might go through a small cycle but I wouldn't think it would last long.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:18 PM   #18
 
I will post a picture. I will wait until I put in new plants, though, because the tank looks practically bare.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:32 PM   #19
 
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Yay for change though!! bet it looks great, even if its bare :)
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:36 PM   #20
 
The water was REALLY cloudy when I first added the water, but now it is crystal clear. The new color is really nice. It just looks much emptier without some of the plants (I took out a couple that had seen better days and the biggest one is floating at the top right now, waiting to be replanted. (It was hard to see where I was planting it when the water was cloudy, so it dislodged and floated to the top.)

My new substrate is sand and fine gravel. Will the water get cloudy every time I do a water change? I am hoping not. It was very cloudy when I put the water in this time.
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