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Old 03-02-2013, 06:54 PM   #11
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For the things like your bta that require stability and high light, I would set up a qt so you can easily control the setup to not stress it out.
Cure the new rock like you stated. When it is time to swap , just take the rock you don't want out. With the water still in, start siphoning out the old sand. This will help with removing as much of it as possible the easy way, just like cleaning gravel in a LFS freshwater tank. Once it is empty, remove any remaining sand.
Once you switch things over, I would just rip the xenia off the rock and scrub it away with a toothbrush. This way you have more rock to work with for another/bigger project in the future.

Yes the rock will be cured of Xenia but I am going to do it with bleach and or acid wash, dried out, blow torch what ever. I am planning a future upgrade and the rock will be saved and reused for that. However once I get the Pukani rock in I might love it so much I will sell the rock I have.

My thin inking on draining the tank is if I drain the water out till I have about an inch of the sand left I will trap the most detritus in that and be able to remove it easier and save most of the water for the holding tank.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:55 PM   #12
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Um... It's the lights...


riiight! I am telling you they are horrible
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No bleach
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:05 PM   #14
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if I remove all live stock, sandbed, and rock. Put the new rock and sand in can I just use the water in the tank to cycle or do I have to use fresh made saltwater?
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There is no bacteria in the water. It is all in the rock and sand.
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