Changing Substrate In Rcs Tank. Least Stressful Way To Do It?

  1. O

    Over It Well Known Member Member

    I am going to be changing the substrate in my RCS tank tomorrow and I was wondering what the least stressful way to do that is? Take the Shrimp out? Leave them in? I wanna get it done now before I (hopefully) have some babies in there.
  2. 1billybob

    1billybob Valued Member Member

    leave them in.

    this is not something you want do all at once.
    it removes bacteria and micro things they feed on.

    what i do:
    feed them on one side of the tank and then work on the other.
    do half and in a month do the other half.

    if you don't use a regular filter,do 1/3...2 months instead of 1.

    i've done it in breeder tanks.
  3. OP

    Over It Well Known Member Member

    Ok. I'll leave them in. I do have a regular filter. I have the intake covered.
    This is a pic of the tank. I don't have very much gravel in there and I have lots of live plants. Do you still think I should only do half? 928d220202db8bc09f18284fa119004f.jpg
  4. t

    tjander Well Known Member Member

    Nice looking tank why do you want to mess with it. Lots of risk in changing substrate out IMO
  5. Yves

    Yves Valued Member Member

    When you change the substrate go to a dark color, it will make your RCS pop. I would also add a sponge filter shrimp love to feed from the sponge filter.
  6. OP

    Over It Well Known Member Member

    I changed it to black. So far so good. I don't like sponge filters, but I am going to get sponge to put on the intake. I have a nylon on there now and it works fine, but I think a sponge would be better.