Thread: change out gravel
09-28-2008, 06:18 PM #1
change out gravel
I have had the same gravel in my 29gal community tank for almost 12 years and I,m sick of looking at it. How can I safely change out my gravel without causing a big upset in my tank?
09-28-2008, 07:03 PM #2
scoop out the gravel and put it in a small container. keep the container in the tank then replace the gravel. after a week the tank should be good again and you can take the old gravel out.
09-29-2008, 12:44 AM #3
No need to keep any gravel, the bacteria are mainly in the filter. I changed over from gravel to sand a few months ago an dI didn't keep any gravel.
I took all the decorations and plants out, except one big plant, and then started scooping all the gravel out. I kept the filter running as much as possible and the fish hid in the big plant I left in there.
09-29-2008, 10:58 AM #4Originally Posted by Mvjnz
09-29-2008, 11:29 PM #5
thanks for your great ideas...K
09-29-2008, 11:53 PM #6
09-30-2008, 03:13 PM #7
is it best to leave the fish in or should i take them out?
09-30-2008, 03:16 PM #8
I would tke the fish out. You will unsettle a lot of debris in the old gravel. Best for your fish not to get it in their gills.Stock the tank you have, not the tank you plan to have. Always have and use patience.
- 29g FW - Community
- 55g SW - Blue Watchman Goby, Royal Gramma, 6-Line Wrasse, 2 Ocellaris Clownfish, and various corals and inverts
For those of you who want a SW tank and never have had one before or just starting out, read this blog entry from my blog on AC, it will give you a place to start.