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Old 06-19-2013, 12:00 AM   #1
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easiest way to remove gravel?

Ok with my 75 gallon aquarium I made the decision to put blue gravel in because I thought it would look cool but now I want the more realistic pebbles like stone pebbles. What would be the easiest way to remove a lot of gravel from a 75 gallon tank?
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:51 AM   #2
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Time machine?

The easiest way is to empty your tank put all the fish in a bucket and scoop them all out. When you refill just do a standard acclimation to get them used to the big change in water. You will probably experience a mini cycle when you switch over so keep an eye on your parameters.
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Just out of curiosity how long does a mini cycle last? Like a day?
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:06 AM   #4
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I did that with my 75 it is not fun at all. It took a long time. I found a platic dust pan worked best for scooping then dumped into a double lined trash bin. the hardest part is figuring out how to get the rock without also getting a bucket full of water. I drained the tank as much as possible then would scoop with the dust pan and let the water run out the handle of the dust pan.
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A square plastic tube drill small holes in the bottom and u have a gravel scope the water can drain out of I did this with my 35 gal
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:49 AM   #6
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I just switched my 75 from gravel to sand. I emptied about 25 gallons into a rubbermaid tub and put the fish in that with a heater to keep the temp up. I scooped out all the gravel with a fish net. Let everything settle for a bit, then vacuumed up all the crap off the bottom glass. Then added sand, topped off the water, let that settle a bit, then put the fish back in! Easy! Most BB is in filter so I had no mini cycle... i'm also running three filters and have a small bioload so be sure to test still!
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Just out of curiosity how long does a mini cycle last? Like a day?
Depends. They can last from a few days to a week from what I've heard. I always go way overboard with filtering my tanks so I haven't had to deal with mini cycles yet.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:30 PM   #8
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Well I'm moving my filters from my 55 to a 20 cause I have to return the 55 due to a crack but then move my filters over after i get the new 55
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