Actually it is not the fish that I was thinking of, it is the food. I have become addicted to hatching Artemia Nauplii. The larger fish get quite the workout trying to eat 1,000,000 of these things. Nutritional punch and an aerobics work out all in one shot.
With an HOB the water flowing into the tank almost aims the food towards the bottom right towards the intake.
I just don't like the idea of feeding my filter.
So, after safely transporting my fish to a safe bucket while making the transfer to a new tank;
would it be sick and twisted to take all the plants out, STIR UP THE SUBSTRATE, and then filter the tank water to suck out all the dissolved organic carbon and 'plant' or 'seed' it into the Canister Filter for the future tank?
For all the El Naturale 'black gold' that builds up over time with plants and substrate, it just figure it would be a shame to drain and throw it all away.
Or would that be a sick and twisted idea?
Thank you all for your help with this. I am going to eventually print out this thread and go back over to PetsMart to start examining the recommended products.
Anyone that would like to create a poll on this thread for your favorite filters, please do so. I am curious. John I think you may have narrowed it down for me. Oh, and by the way I am only in the planning stages with this. Wait until the wife asks me about this.