07-15-2013, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by jaysee
Yeah, it's not as hard as it seems
I have one of those caves in my 125. My clown pleco and chocolate cichlid share it.
You know, the thing that worries me most about doing my 75 gallon is that I had planned to just take it down to about 30-40% water capacity, take all the plants and driftwood and stuff out and leave the fish in. But when we were doing this tank (I took my puffers out and they were in tank water with the plants and an airstone in a 5 gallon bucket while we did the exchange) when we started scooping out the gravel it straight up smelled like ammonia. Now I test my parameters at least twice a week, gravel vac at least once a week, and it stays at 0/0/5. Disturbing the gravel stirred all that up though and i'm sure the ammonia spiked in the little bit of water that as left. I ended up draining all the water out after we got the gravel out before I put the new stuff in. I saved about 50% of the old tank water and 50% was new treated water. But I digress, what I'm trying to get at is that I'm afraid is that if I leave my fish in the 75 gallon and disturb all the gravel I will get an ammonia spike while the water is low and my fish ill suffer. At the same time, I hate to move them all to a 5 gallon bucket ( I have about 30+ fish including angels and rams). I feel like no matter which way I go, I will have casualties and I just don't think I'm willing to risk that.... But I surely hate that damn blue and green gravel.