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Need advice on redoig planted tank to get rid of sand substr

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Mark K Level 2 Member
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I have a planted tank, 40 breeder with about a million guppies in it. It has some really nice plants in it, but the sand looks like crap. The janitors can't keep up with the crap that grows on the sand. The rest of the tank is great, but the sand looks like doo-doo. I want to remove the sand, that is the easy part. The part I don't know about is how in the heck am I going to replant the roots which I assume are over a foot long. (maybe more) It was hard enough to plant one plant with 6 inch roots when it got pulled out accidentally. I want to replace the sand with course gravel.

Advice?

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Mark K wrote:
I have a planted tank, 40 breeder with about a million guppies in it. It has some really nice plants in it, but the sand looks like crap. The janitors can't keep up with the crap that grows on the sand. The rest of the tank is great, but the sand looks like doo-doo. I want to remove the sand, that is the easy part. The part I don't know about is how in the heck am I going to replant the roots which I assume are over a foot long. (maybe more) It was hard enough to plant one plant with 6 inch roots when it got pulled out accidentally. I want to replace the sand with course gravel.

Advice?


You should be good to trim most plant roots to an inch or two for replanting. What plants do you have? If stem types you can literally hack off the entire root system... if swords/crypts at least leave a little bit of root.
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Mark K Level 2 Member
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Awesome. Thanks Dan.


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