10-20-2005, 06:21 AM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Dayton, Ohio
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Originally Posted by Simpte 27
I would use peat and the old substrate. Then add however much more is needed.
Ditto! Just a light dusting of peat to the bottom of the tank. I have some peat if you need it.
It will probably be pretty messy when adding the old substrate back to the tank and refilling. I would add the substrate and maybe 1/2 tank of water and let the mulm settle back to the bottom. When everything settles, I would lightly vac the top of the substrate then refill partway again and see how it looks, clarity wise.
I did not do this when setting up my 55's with old substrate and tried the HOT to clear the water. I went through 3 cleanings in about an hour (total filter stoppage) and gave up. I let the stuff settle overnight and did a partial water change to remove everything that had settled on top of the substrate.