12-11-2010, 08:07 AM
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Change over from gravel to Flourite?
I've been reading more about plant keeping, and I'm ready to take the next step up from just tossing in a few live plants into my 10 gal freshwater tank. Right now I have some Anacharis, one Banana plant, and an arrowhead. I have the typical multicolor stone gravel in the tank. I have a Coralife Trichromatic bulb (which is about 10 years old...but wasn't in use for about 8, I restarted my 10 gal tank about 4 months ago) which I've been keeping on for 12 hours on a timer. Now I'm getting brown stringy algae all over my plants, so I know I need to up the fertilizer and lower the lights, right? So, if I would like to change over to a natural gravel like Flourite, can I do this while the fish are still in the tank? I have 8 black mollies in the tank. I don't want to stress them out too much, so would I be better off temporarily transferring them to my old 6 gal (not cycled, but we're talking just enough time to scoop out the old gravel and add the new and reaquascape everything), or just taking it out and adding the new by the handful (or scoopful) until the change is completed. So, which is it? Netting them twice and transferring back and forth vs. just having their home be invaded by hands for a few minutes. And the other question, can I just put some fertilizer in (like the Flourish) and call it a day without disturbing my little fishies? I would like to add more plants in the future and get them growing nicely, though. As it is, my arrowhead has grown 2 new leaves (2 died when I first got the plant, so we're even) and the Banana has added four, lost one original. And the Anacharis is growing all over the place like the weed it is... Thanks for any advice. I will try and get a picture up later.