So this is my tank. I have a cobalt blue lobster in there, snails, red shrimp, and fish of course.
I've been wanting to redo it for a while but I've gone and scratched up the glass on the front and it bothers the heck out of me so I want to redo it and turn it around so that's at the back.
I started with a layer of that soil substrate, then sand, then gravel - however cleaning and general maintenance is a pain, I just want a single type of substrate really, or perhaps a layer of sand on the bottom with gravel / pebbles on top.
I want to make a couple of 'raised' planted areas in the corner (crappy attempt at back right now), which I've read up on how to do via aquascaping etc.
Questions are really.. where do I even begin? I mean, to start with I have no idea how I'll get all the fish out without stressing them out to death. Then there's all the shrimp. And finally the lobster, which, I love zoidberg, but he creeps me out and is gross as heck - how do I move him?
I've got quite a few large 60~ liter plastic tubs I can use as holding places for things. But I'm wanting to get everything ready and setup so I can do it all as quickly as possible.
I can get a friend to help.
So yeah, suggestions for what subtrate to switch to (I want a cleaner tank), and generally what the steps I should do when doing this?
What I am thinking so far is take everything out, lure zoidberg into a half-cut 2liter coke bottle with tape wrapped around so it's like a cave, use that to move him, empty out half the tank, start catching the fish and use some kind of divider to stop them running up and down the length of the tank until I get them all, make sure I get all the shrimp, find my snails / any buried, and stick everything in 1-2 60l containers with water from the tank mixed with treated tap water?
Once they are moved, quickly empty the rest of the water, carry tank into back yard, dump everything out, use the hose to hose it down, glass cleaner, soap, everything, then make sure I clean any soap off etc.
Quickly back inside, setup the raised planted areas, layer of sand, layer of gravel, plants/ornaments, then move the fish back?
If I'm quick, they shouldn't spend more than a couple hours in the holding tubs.
I have an Oase BioMaster Thermo 350 External Aquarium Filter filter, and an Oase ClearTronic UVC 11 Watt Aquarium Clarifier.
For sand I am looking at maybe two of these bags?
And one or two of these for gravel on top;
Marina Decorative Aquarium Surf Gravel, 10 Kg, Blue : Amazon.co.uk: Pet Supplies
Too much, 1 bag each enough?
Short vid of the tank from earlier.
Some zoidberg; PXL 20211230 100639242
Thanks in advance anyone.