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You will have to empty the tank to fix it, there is no way around that.

The repair shouldn't take more than 3-4 days (silicone drying and tank testing). During that time you need to make sure that the bacteria on the gravel and in the filter stays alive, which is very easy.

The gravel - you can store it in a partially open deep container. Some of the bacteria on the gravel will die (the bacteria close to the surface will dry and the bacteria close to the bottom of the container will decompose and stink a little) but most of it will stay alive.

The filter - if you have a canister filter; There are 2 ways to keep the bacteria alive:

1. Unplug the filter from the electric outlet. Leave the filter full of water. Detach the hoses. Open the valves so air can get to the inside of the filter. Done.

2. Circulate the filter in a small containter with aquarium water.

You will be surprised how quickly your tank will return to normal once you use the old gravel and filter. It's more like an instant tank balance, not a shortened cycling. I have done what I described above twice in the last 6 months, and none of my 3 tanks had any problems.

--Nikolay
 

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Fastlee,

Yeah you need to cover that fertilized substrate with a layer of inert gravel. And don't forget to put a plate or a bowl on the bottom of the tank and fill it slowly so none of the gravel stirs.

The fish will do fine for several days. Don't feed them at all (so they don't produce too much Amonia) but supply Oxygen with an airstone.

--Nikolay
 
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