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[APD] Re: Substrate
>I have a well-established tank (i.e. 10 years old)
>that is leaking water. It is time for replacement
>glass. I'm using laterite in the bottom inch or so
>of the gravel. I'm looking for ideas about how to
>move the old substrate into the new tank.
Remove the top 1/3 of the gravel and do NOT use it in the new tank.
Use the bottom 2/3 of the gravel as is in the new setup.
Add new, clean gravel on top of the old gravel to keep the laterite from
clouding your water (for at least a month, in my experience).
>I just rinse out the old stuff and add some more
>laterite to the new digs?
You will be hard pressed to get the laterite out of the old gravel. You
try, but I have never been very successful at that. The old gravel is
and very beneficial. Re-use it. But "seal" the old stuff with a layer of
George Booth in Ft. Collins, CO (gbooth at frii dot com)
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