So, my tank was massivly overgrown, decided to do a major re-do. Pulling up a huge bunch of crypts, teasing them out of the gravel as best I could, pulled up a couple of loops of substrate heating coil. Many curse word then issued forth from me
Called the folks i purchased them from, they said it would be ok to push them back into the gravel. However, the initial instrucions they sent me said the cables must not touch, or they could short out. What to do, what to do???
Since I now have 4 other tanks with no substrate heating, and those tanks do just fine, i decided to pull up the cables. Better safe than sorry, no interest in burning down my house!
Removed ALL plants, waiting for water to clear, will remove all fish and redecorate and plant.
Very glad I have 3 large Rubbermaid containers, won't have to use too much new water.
Soo much work....