Originally Posted by EBenns
Wow thanks a lot I had no idea about that tap water thing. I like the look of the crushed coral, do you know of anyplace I could get it cheap? And what would be the best way to do it? I've never changed substrates after having the tank set up.
Most fish stores that have African cichlids and or saltwater usually carry crushed coral. You should call around to the stores in your area to see who had it and at what price.
Changing out a substrate isn't too hard. You'll need a tupperwave tub that you can add tank water to and remove your fish, their heater, and filter to. Then empty the tank and old substrate. Rinse the CC good as if memory serves me (it's been years since I used it) it's pretty dusty. After you add your new substrate, re-add your decoration, then fill the tank. Honestly I'd allow the tank to settle until the next day. Then put the filter and heater back on the tank and let the temp get up before adding your fish back in.