At the moment I have a 20 gal
tank that I have had up and running for about 2 months. (Not too long) I have big dreams for my tank but am not happy with the current set up. When I purchased the tank I put in a UGF
, the cheapest way to start out. I then added a bio whisper filter. I have now in my tank:
4 long finned blue leopard danios
3 bronze cories
2 female guppies
3 unknown plants that have grown to drape the surface
2 other unknown plants, red and green colored that are pretty well established
1 pennywort, potted
1 dark red dwarf fern
I am considering (seriously) taking out the UGF
and then adding some, small, schooling fish (in time), as well as removing the unknown plants and adding something that will grow nicely in low light (other than java moss). I have had a 10gal with a UGF
in the past that turned into a complete mess. I am not sure WHY I ever bothered with one again, I wasn't thinking and was going cheap..
So my question is... how should I go about removing that UGF
? Is there a specific time alotment, or procedure in what to do first etc..? What are the suggestions for my fish... I most likely set up a QT
tank and let it cycle, then simply take my time rearranging the tank. But is it a better idea to add my fish to my husbands established tank for a time being? (He only has 5 cories) Would that be easier on the fish?
My problem is that I do not really want to make this into a week long + process; however I don't have any ideas about how to lessen the time this will take.
Are there any suggestions to help me out with the change in general.. Do you think removing the UGF
and disturbing the tank is a good idea at this stage, being that the tank is only 2 months old?
Are there any tricks to this sort of thing... to keeping the fish from becomming stressed. Also about re-cyclying the tank after the UGF
is out? I suppose it would be helpful if I wouldn't say, bleach the gravel or such things, and use the previously used filter. Would that however, make it "safer" or "faster" as in the time it would take to re-establish my fish population?
Your opinions and feed back are MUCH appreciated!!
Thanks in advance!
Oh and um.. ps...
any suggestions on good looking/interesting plants for low to moderate lighting?