11-25-2010, 03:33 AM
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Originally Posted by redchigh
1. Why are you adding inert quartz? Is your gravel too large or something?
2. I don't wee why you are worried about transitioning to live plants... Just rinse the quartz really well, remove the silk, add quartz in, stir the substrate a little, and plant the live plants...
I guess you're worried about stressing the fish? I think you may be worrying for nothing. I don't think your fish are going to get stressed... Likely more curious than anything.
It won't affect water parameters..
Also, make sure you have some flourish comprehensive and root tabs... They'll make everything easier.
Stirring substrate can and does often affect water parameter's depending on the amount of organics that have settled there.
Anything from ammonia spike to algae bloom is possible.
I have added plants to tank holding fish with no problems but I would not,,did not,,,disturb the substrate any more than I had to to place the plant's.
Were it me,, I would simply place the plants when they arrived in the tank(plant em later) after rinsing to remove what snails may be present,or place th plants in a bucket of tank water and plant them within 24 hours after your guest's have left.
Once the tank was planted,,I would perform at least 50 percent water change which should reduce any possible organics or ammonia that may escape from substrate.
Last edited by 1077; 11-25-2010 at 03:41 AM..