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How to change substrate

  1. GuppyKeeper007

    GuppyKeeper007 Valued Member Member

    I currently have a 10 gallon with pool filter sand for a substrate. Some of my plants aren't growing great so I want to put a new substrate in made for plants. Do I just syphon the sand out? There's no fish in it right now
     
  2. Junne

    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    If you have no fish in the tank now, I would just lower the water level as much as you can and scoop the sand out - when you have gotten as much as you can out, fill up the tank with some water ( less than a gallon ) and put a strainer/wire mess thats really small over a bucket and pour the rest in to the strainer.

    Personally I wouldn't use a syphon, I think this method works more efficiently.
     


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  3. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    If you want to keep sand, you can add root tabs underneath the root feeders. Much cheaper than a fertilized substrate, and often works just as well!
     
  4. SamTheFishGuy

    SamTheFishGuy Valued Member Member

  5. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Yep! Just a fert that you can put into the substrate.
     
  6. OP
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    GuppyKeeper007

    GuppyKeeper007 Valued Member Member

    Used some root tabs and some of my jungle val is bouncing back