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pitcairnpete 03-04-2012 02:47 PM

Exchanging gravel
 
I want to change my tank from its current colour of gravel to that of black.

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...2/#post1002686

I have worked hard on all water levels and I will filter out all MT snails. Am I missing anything massive when it comes to changing the gravel over an hour or is it ok to do so..?

Byron 03-04-2012 07:26 PM

Keep the filter running and don't clean it to preserve bacteria. Also, any decor that is staying in the tank after the new substrate should be kept wet in a pail of tank water to preserve the bacteria. If you had live plants, even just floating ones, you would have no issues at all.

Are you going to move the fish to a temporary tank, or leave them in when you remove the existing gravel and put in the new?

And, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.:-D

Byron.

pitcairnpete 03-05-2012 03:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1003078)
Keep the filter running and don't clean it to preserve bacteria. Also, any decor that is staying in the tank after the new substrate should be kept wet in a pail of tank water to preserve the bacteria. If you had live plants, even just floating ones, you would have no issues at all.

Are you going to move the fish to a temporary tank, or leave them in when you remove the existing gravel and put in the new?

And, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.:-D

Byron.

Byron, you have an amazing collection, just truly astounding... you git!


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