Well, it appears that the office tank project just came to a screeching halt.
The gravel was nasty but not as bad smelling as I thought it might be... It was deep and had a muddy bottom to it. I filled a five gallon pail with the stuff.
We cleaned the sand, the tank and set it back in place. Then I tipped the pail to pour the wet sand out. I kept it very close to the bottom but the sand shifted and came out all at once.... CRACK!
The sand was not wet enough to pour... It looked it. No big deal except it is Victoria Day and everything is closed or I would have just gone and purchased another tank and finished up.
Meanwhile the station manager decided that we just won't replace it. While I could easily push the issue and just go ahead and replace it and set it up I am sure it would upset someone's ego... probably not worth the eventual hassle but I am also certain I will be blamed for the lack of tank when that was not my decision. Nw 20gallon tank= $30. Maybe another time.
So the fish are in a heavily planted pail might now waiting for their transfer to the store... which was the plan for them anyway. I was looking forward to getting the red lizard whiptail cats in too.. I wonder if they will fit in my home tank....
On the bright side, all the plants are going home so my heavily planted tank is going to quickly become a jungle. That second sword is going to be tough to squeeze back in.
C'est la vie.