Will this work? Or, will my tank have to re-cycle because of the bacteria in the filtration dying?
I estimate the tank will have no water in it for perhaps and hour to an hour and a half.
Thanks in advance
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Remove the livestock, first anything that is on the top, then dig through it to find snails which might be in the bed. Everything possible should be removed before disturbing the sand bed. You can just scoop it out with a plastic container and rinse it off in a 5 gallon bucket (or rinse it out right there in your tank).
How would one go about removing the sand bed?
The will be a little stress, but you can keep it to a minimum. Catch the fish with a container, versus a net. Any water you remove, before disturbing your sand bed, can be put back in. When replacing the water, siphoning (or slowly pumping) it back in should work fine. I place something flat (like a sheet of plastic) on top of the sand to prevent it from being kicked up when filling the tank.
In addition, surely when I have removed the water, I can just re-siphon the water back into the tank? I'm afraid of disturbing the tank.
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