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You say "turn my tank upside down", to me this means starting over. Why would you want to start over? Why not just garden within your current set up? Pull out the plants that you are tired of and plant new ones. I think it is better to make smaller changes over several weeks than to start over.
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In the case of new substrate, you will want to inoculate the bottom layer with mulm from a healthy tank. Getting the bacterial life started in a new substrate is considered by many to be a key componant of success. The water is much less important. If you had very delicate or rare fish you might want to use 50% old water to ease their transition. Plants are much less delicate.

To concentrate your mulm put it in a tall narrow container and let settle. You will then be able to siphon off the clear water above the mulm. After you have concentrated the mulm you then dump it into your empty tank before adding substrate. In this way you can accelerate your transition towards a mature tank.
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