I tried to look this up but I just keep finding posts about people showing off their new aquascape..
I'm going to be redoing my aquascape to something slightly more natural, no more fake bonsai tree or dragon.. Another member on here recently used cypress knees in his tank, and I decided that's what I would like to do as a refresher in my tank. The main reason I chose cypress knees is because I'm from Charleston, SC and we've got plenty of cypress trees around here, so I'd like to decorate with something local (although my fish are not..). I'm going to be getting rid of some of my plants probably, and all the decorations in the tank. I'll be keeping the same substrate though.
When I've got everything ready, should I just move everyone into a bucket, rip out everything, and put in all the new stuff, or should I be letting some of the stuff soak in my tank to start growing some of th bacteria on it? I'll probably be buying my plants in stages so I'm not buying too many so I figured I could plant / float the plants at the very least. But will the bacteria in the substrate and sponge filter be enough to avoid a cycle? Or at least only cause a mini cycle? Or should I be soaking the driftwood in the tank as well?
As far as what plants will be staying, it'll probably only be my crypts, my marimo balls, and my pennywort. Possibly the moneywort.
By the way, anyone want to trade some baby amazon swords for some anubias nana or eyes? Or a tall grassy plant? Or donate? :P