Hi all, I'm new here and I would like to know your opinion on something.
I have a 29 gallon aquarium that I purchased used. At the time I didn't have any other money available so I set up the tank with the included gravel, rock, etc.
I really hate the way it looks. The gravel looks like someone vomited a rainbow all over the bottom (the people that had the tank had kids and I assume they let the kids pick out the gravel because it's hideous...so...many...florescent...colors...must.. .look...away....hahaha). I have all new gravel and structures, some existing plants to put in it, but the big problem is that I have all my fish in the tank, and I really would prefer not to kill them.
My question is how do I go about changing the gravel, without seriously stressing my fish, or is it going to no matter what I do?
I have been doing weekly water changes so I was thinking about taking some of the water from the tank, putting it in a bucket and netting the fish into it, doing a partial change and replacing the gravel. I guess my big concerns are totally borking my cycle and killing the fish, having fish die in a bucket, and if I leave my fish in the tank during the change, I would think it's bound to kick up alot of nasty stuff into the water and I run the risk of squishing or injuring a fish.
I've had several different aquariums and many fish in my life but I've never ran into this kind of situation, I appreciate any advice you have to offer.