Nora Posted August 9, 2022 Share Posted August 9, 2022 My tank: 5 gallon fresh water with 1 female betta, 1 cory (hes getting friends soon), snails, java ferns, anubias I want to change my substrate from the basic aquarium gravel (bright blue) that I have now to Seachem flourite or Fluval plant. Why? I see a lot of waste build up down at the base of the tank that doesn't seem to get cleaned up as well as the plant roots just aren't holding in well with the current gravel. Problem(s): I dont have space for a separate full set up tank to fully cycle the new setup for a month after changing the substrate. How do I go about this in the best way for the bio level of the tank. Keep the full 5 gal of wanter that I take out? clearly I should not rinse out the filter, but anything else? Tank also does have some of that hard speckled green algae at the moment, so I do want to do some cleaning due to that, so trying to find the balance. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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