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SomeFishGuy 08-17-2011 03:02 PM

Breaking down fish tank
Hello all,

I am new here and this would be my first post. I was planning on changing my substrate in my 75 gal fish tank from gravel to fluval plant and shrimp stratum, I plan on having a heavily planted fish tank with guppies and neon tetras, red cherry shrimp, and apple snails. My question is how deep should the substrate be and if I'm using the 8.8 lb. bag of substrate, how many bags should I buy? Also if anyone has any concerns or advice please put them down, I know some about fish tanks and want to learn all I can so any advice is great!


TexasTanker 08-17-2011 07:17 PM

The website recommends 1.5 inches to 2 inches. It's really a preference thing. I'd guess between 4 and 5 bags based on this. Hagen Fluval Stratum Substrate for Shrimp Aquariums

SomeFishGuy 08-20-2011 08:00 PM

Ok, thanks for helping me with that. This is my first time breaking down my tank and was wanting to keep my plants, my question is this: when I go to put the plants back in the tank how would I go about planting the roots? I know some of the roots are going to be quite long.

TexasTanker 08-20-2011 08:12 PM

When I move or transplant my live plants I try to situate them the same way I found them, Whether that be buried deep, or spread out, or whatever. I've never had an issue with that.

SomeFishGuy 08-20-2011 11:04 PM

what would be the best way to get cherry shrimp out of the tank?

1077 08-21-2011 12:41 AM

When I plant in substrate, I cut roots back with scissors about an inch.
This will encourage new growth and I cut roots at an angle as opposed to straight across. don't know if cutting at an angle is important but it is what i do for house plant's and seems to work for aquatic plant's as well.
Might remove all decor and place plant's in bucket of aquarium water for planting in new substrate.
This may make netting of shrimp a little easier along with lowering the tank's water level by one half.

SomeFishGuy 08-22-2011 10:38 PM

well thanks guys for all the advice. I was worried so much about break down the tank but I think it all turned out really well. Again thanks for all the help

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