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I setup a new tank about 2 months ago. I got black gravel from Petco. I've noticed that the coloring has started to come off the gravel and I want to get rid of it ASAP. Never going to buy anything with the name "Petco" on it again. I've ordered Caribsea Sand that I want to put in place of the gravel. What is the easiest and safest way to do this? 46 gallon bowfront tank. 2 inhabitants at the moment. Growout for a Red Texas and Red Dragon Flowerhorn. I do have biospira on hand if needed.
 

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I recently changed out my play sand and pfs for black tahitian moon sand and did the following..took all the rocks and plants and driftwood out while draining the tank, filled up a 5 gallon bucket with the tank water, put the plants in there, and then put all my fish in there. I then scooped the sand out, and then thoroughly (I cannot stress this enough!) rinsed the new BTMS and put it in the tank (oh yeah, I also took out the eggcrate and washed it and put it back in before adding the new sand). Put the rocks back in, started filling it up, added the plants, added my chems (Prime, cichlid buffer, cichlad chemistry, kent proclear, and then turned on the heater and filters and light, and put the fish back in..no issues at all. I do run 2 C360 canisters, so all my bacteria was never compromised during the change over....everything seems to be fine (going on 4 weeks since the change)
 
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