Just bought my first tank for Bilbo (3 gal) and planted it with some live plants. Have the first 50% water change coming up today or tomorrow and then a 100% water change over the weekend.
How do it I do this without messing up the plantings/substrate? Can I change water with Bilbo in the tank (the 50% change, anyway)? When I do a 100% change, how do I do it? And what do I do with Bilbo during that change?
Also, when do I test his water? I tested it last night to see if water needed changing yet, and things all seemed ok. (Need to get a book to log stuff in, I think). And are there ways to treat problems with water if issues do come up (i.e., PH without having to buy lots of products to treat each individual thing). Thinking more frequent water changes help with some of it, but I'd like to see if I can get the plant life inside the tank (and maybe some snails) to do some of the work itself, so more frequent water changes are unnecessary. (Just a thought).
Trying to get prepared in advance of the actual water change. (I.e., get all supplies I need).