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    Hi,
    I would like to know how to gradually switch back to normal fish tank from planted tank?
    Removal of Soil and plants etc via step by step, tips and tricks.
    My soil is old and want to quit planted tank but preserve the fish.
    All my moist have died and gradually all the other plants too.

    Thanks
    Simon Yee
    Last edited by simonyee; 06-26-2014 at 05:10 AM.

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    Well I would assume this is on your tropical fish tank. ?
    Can you provide more information on this tank you're wanting to convert. How many gallons, fish, filter type. Type of soil used, how much you believe you have in the tank. Removing the soil I'm sure will be a pain in the a*$ with you fish still in there, especially on the filter. :( I think with more information others here can think this through a bit more and give you some great ideas on how to get this done with minimal pain.
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    Depending on the size of your fish I'd get a 5 gallon bucket or maybe a big rubbermaid bin and drain your tank into it, put your heater in it and put your fish in there for the time being. If you can put your filter on the bin do so, if not just float your media in there and run an airstone. Then break the tank down, clean it out, put what you want in it, fill it back up and transfer your fish back.
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    Put a towel under a bucket or tote on the floor. The towel helps to stabilize the temperature.
    Empty some tank water into the bucket.
    Put the fish in the bucket. Cover the bucket with a towel to help keep fish calm.
    Run the filter and heater on the bucket.
    Empty everything else out of the tank and rinse the tank with clean water to get all the soil out.
    Add new substrate and decorations to the tank.
    Fill the tank with clean, dechlorinated water.
    Add the heater to the tank and wait for the temperature of the water in the tank to be the same as the water in the bucket.
    Add the filter to the tank and let it run for a few minutes.
    Put the fish back in the tank.
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    ^ what mommy said.

    When I did an upgrade and had to move the old tank out of the way for the new tank, rather than using a bin or buckets, I bought a 20 gal tank on the Petco $1 per gal sale (going on this weekend I think) - so $20. I moved my kitchen table next to the old tank so I could drain some of the water into the 20g temp tank and added a bit more fresh dechlorinated water. Put the heater and filter on that, and moved the fish. Then I could take my time cleaning out the old tank and moving the new one into place and setting it up with all new substrate and décor. When filled, I moved the heater and filter back, then the fish. I stressed over this upgrade for about a year and was surprised at how easy it was to do - with a lot of help from my son (I hate catching fish!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    Put a towel under a bucket or tote on the floor. The towel helps to stabilize the temperature.
    Empty some tank water into the bucket.
    Put the fish in the bucket. Cover the bucket with a towel to help keep fish calm.
    Run the filter and heater on the bucket.
    Empty everything else out of the tank and rinse the tank with clean water to get all the soil out.
    Add new substrate and decorations to the tank.
    Fill the tank with clean, dechlorinated water.
    Add the heater to the tank and wait for the temperature of the water in the tank to be the same as the water in the bucket.
    Add the filter to the tank and let it run for a few minutes.
    Put the fish back in the tank.
    Good instructions for my 10 gallon makeover, thanks mommy1.
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    I would agree with others, simply move the fish and as much of the water and then take care of the tank. Shouldn't take more than a couple hours I would think. IMO if the water is good just reuse it, not necessary to fill the tank with new water. Just more money, time (to get water conditions right) and longer the fish have to wait.
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    The more fresh clean water that you use, the better your fish will be able to handle the stress of the move.

    Every time I have taken down and moved a tank, I followed a very similar process as described in the above posts, but I replaced almost all of the water with new, fresh and clean water. Not different than a extra weekly water change in the end as far as cost goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ijankrom View Post
    Well I would assume this is on your tropical fish tank. ?
    Can you provide more information on this tank you're wanting to convert. How many gallons, fish, filter type. Type of soil used, how much you believe you have in the tank. Removing the soil I'm sure will be a pain in the a*$ with you fish still in there, especially on the filter. :( I think with more information others here can think this through a bit more and give you some great ideas on how to get this done with minimal pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    The more fresh clean water that you use, the better your fish will be able to handle the stress of the move.

    Every time I have taken down and moved a tank, I followed a very similar process as described in the above posts, but I replaced almost all of the water with new, fresh and clean water. Not different than a extra weekly water change in the end as far as cost goes.
    What if I do it gradually bit by bit the soil is removed using pipe and suck it out clean the Eheim HOB and leave the Shiruba Filter out (Clean unless jam). That would not have detrimental effect on the tank and the inhabitants.
    Right or not?

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