03-24-2009, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by 1077
Well, were it me,, I would be sorely tempted to hold off on changing substrtate but you have to make your own call. I would remind you that the addition of the fish to the five gal could cause ammonia spike there as well. Must always remember,, cycling never really reaches a point where it is complete. The bacteria grows and decreases with available food source. This is why many have problems after the tank has cycled. Too many fish added too soon, for bacteria to adjust to waste produced by the sudden addition of numerous fish or fish that are large waste producers.
While the fish are in the five gal. should you decide to continue with changing substrates, I might feed them sparingly maybe once every other day.They won't starve and this will help keep ammonia levels in the five gal to a minimum. I would get everything ready so that you can make the switch quickly and fish won't be uncomfortable any longer than necessary. Hope it works out.
Yeah I definitely put myself in a 'damned if you do damned if you don't' kind of situation here
I want to switch substrate mainly because I want Emperor or Diamond Tetras and I stupidly chose white substrate before knowing which fish I wanted to put in the tank. I guess I will just grab a cuppa here and there for a looong while and use very fine black sand that will easily cover the white even when vaccumed. The Tetras will survive a little white.