01-25-2012, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by beetlebz
That makes a ton of sense, both crowns look to be about the same size and age. As for the substrate swap, I think I will take your advice. Im dreading pulling up and separating all of the red wendtii on the one half of the tank, but It still cant take more than a couple hours.
Big help! Thanks Byron.
You're welcome. The crypts will almost certainly melt if they are disturbed, but that shouldn't be a problem long term as they will resettle and grow new leaves.
What I do when I change a substrate, as most recently I did in my 5-foot 115g tank to replace the gravel with playsand, is use an empty tank for the fish as I suggested previously, move the filter over (just hang it on, doesn't need to be fixed) and any wood and rock, fill this tank with water from the main tank, net over the fish. Using another empty small tank or pails or tubs, add a bit of water and lay the plants in this container with just enough water to cover them. Then drain the main tank and remove the gravel; to save time during the process, I bought one of those bin garbage tubs on wheels and just moved the gravel in it, then wheeled it out of the way until later.