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  1. Default Re-Doing Tank Concerns


    0 Not allowed!
    Hi, I have a 20g tank and I want to change decode and substrate. I know most BB live in filter but I also know that some live within the substrate as well as in the water itself I saw online that there's "live" substrate to assist in new cycling tanks and I was wondering if I should get that to ease the shock to the tank with essentially a 100% water change and new substrate.
    37 Gallon Community: (2)Diamond Tetra (1) Bushy Nose Pleco (3) Silvertip Tetra (5) rummy nose tetra (1) "fancy" angel (3) Serpae Tetra (2) Marci Rainbow (2) Gold Dust Molly (8) Plants

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    0 Not allowed!
    No don't. Its a waste of money and the only ones that are worth much are the salt water versions. Just keep your filters cycle and redo the tank.
    FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
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    0 Not allowed!
    As long as your filter is properly sized for your set-up and has a lot of biological filter media (and is fully cycled), you should be fine

    I have replaced all of my substrate and water when moving a tank before and nothing bad happened. Parameters remained stable at 0ppm of ammonia & nitrite, and 5ppm of nitrates. pH also remained stable at 7,4

    Just as a FYI, almost all of the "live" sand products that you find are typically for marine set-ups (and typically don't work well for marine aquariums IME).
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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