suggestions for changing substrate
I am curious if anyone has done a substrate change in a fully planted tank and how difficult it is?
I am concerned about another cycle since my fish would have to live in a rubbermaid container until I get the project done.
The thing is, I started another tank and used PFS instead of gravel and I LOVE IT! Now I want to do it in my planted 55 and re-scape a bit.
What is the easiest way? Total tear down and hurry and set it back up, put the plants back in etc?
I love the way the tank looks now except for the gravel, although the plants seem to like it fine it is hard to keep some of the stem plants rooted well and I regularly have floaters. I like how easy it is to push the stems down into the PFS on the other tank.
Would you (in this situation) set up a temp tank (rubbermaid container) with filter, heater etc to house the fish for a couple of days, or just put them in buckets and do it as fast as possible? I think it could be done in a few hours but would the fish have a problem with the cloudy water? Should they not go back in until it is all settled?
Any suggestions are welcome. I am still on the fence as to whether to just live with the substrate as is, or do the change.