Changing the gravel. Help

  1. samantha.h Member Member

    I'm planning on changing the gravel in my 20 gallon tank. A lot of the paint chipped off my black gravel and it is now orange. Overall it's just worn out.

    If I take all of the gravel out but leave a filter cartridge that has live bacteria in the tank after the new gravel is in will it make a difference? Or will it have to cycle all over again?
  2. Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    you could have a mini cycle...but if you find a net or stocking of some kind, you can collect it all and put it in that and keep it hidden in the tank for 2-3 weeks ...

  3. samantha.h Member Member

    I'm also worried there are snail eggs in the gravel I have a small infestation and I'm trying to get rid of them. I'm hoping changing the gravel will help. I'll try to find a stocking. I think I have some old nylons I can use. Thanks Shawnie!
  4. Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    make sure they are ones that havent ever seen detergents or bleach...

  5. samantha.h Member Member

    Good thinking! I'm pretty sure they haven't seen anything. They're still in the packaging.