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Capt Roy 01-03-2012 07:24 AM

Replanting Part Of The Aquarium _ A little advice please!
I have a 72g bowfront that I have had running since September. I have 2 54 T5's (7 Hours Per day), CO2, PH controller, EI doseing, and the plants are growing at an amazing rate. I trim at once a week.

I have Angelfish and a couple swords, cory cats and a betta.

My foreground plants have grown so tall the blocked the middle and background plants. They are Dwarf Saggitania. This stuff has taken over a corner of my tank! It grew to tall and I tried to trim it and then then ends where I cut looked dead in some places.

I would like to take this and get a foreground plant that will stay at about 3-4" and fill in like a carpet, I know everyones dream.

Will taking this much up at one time change the numbers in my tank and stress my angels?? I thought I read somewhere that removing plants caused a change in amonia since it stirred up the substrate..

Can I add some more echo complete before I replant?

I'm still reasearching foreground plants... Any suggestions?

Thanks for any help you can give this beginner..

1077 01-03-2012 07:46 AM

I too often hear folks suggest fairly large water change after disturbing substrate on a large scale due to possible spike in ammonia levels and or possible temporary algae bloom.
Sorry I can't help with plant suggestions for foreground as I have little expierience with them.
Byron (member here), would be better source for this info.
I would were it me wait until I had the foreground plant's ready to go in the tank before I removed the others so as not to create disturbance twice.;-)

Nubster 01-03-2012 08:29 AM

I recently, like just a couple days ago, did a major rescape. I pulled lots of plant, moved around all the remaining plants, took out rocks, added new rocks, just generally mucked everything up. I removed my fish which I was taking out of the tank anyways but I had lots of shrimp in the tank which are pretty sensitive to ammonia. I did all this with about 50% of the water out of the tank. When I was done and refilled and let it go. No losses that I can tell and all plants doing well. I think as long as you have everything ready to go and do it with as little water in the tank as you can or do a large WC immediately after you should be fine. That's assuming you have good biological filtration in place which you should after 3 months.

Capt Roy 01-03-2012 09:00 AM


Yes that was what I was planning..

I have 2 Eheim 2217's running.. I was going to have my wife use the suction to drain the water while I removed the plants and then add some more eco complete to make up for what was removed, then replant when the water level was down to about 50%.

I do not have a tank to move the fish to, heck I wouldn't be able to catch them all anyway..

I'm still trying to decide the best foregroungd plant to put in... Been spending so much time researching my wife thinks I'm in love with this computer..

Byron 01-03-2012 12:06 PM

On the question of excess ammonia, I don't have scientific data either way; but I have never worried about this, and I have re-arranged plants in established tanks many times. Live plants assimilate a lot of ammonia (ammonium) as nutrient, but they can also take up ammonia as a toxin.

On suitable plants, I find pygmy chain sword to be the best as "carpet" plants. In moderate light (as in a low-tech or natural system) they can be taller. But in your system I would expect them to remain shorter. Check out our profile (click the shaded name). I have both species of chain swords, and I have Dwarf Sag in with them in one tank, and their height is as I've mentioned.


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