Help Moving Fish From An Established Tank To A New Bigger Aquarium!
Posted 21 July 2010 - 09:34 PM
Many sites tell me to put my old filter,plants and gravel along with half of the water from my old tank into the new bigger tank in order for the tank to cycle. (This may be a problem as obviously ill need the old filter in the current tank with my fish). If this is the correct method would i then transport the fish the same day in the new tank and keep the old filter in the tank along with the new filter
Other sites tell me to set up the new tank and let it cycle for a week or so ( but i thought it needed fish and media to create bacteria in order to cycle).
obviously my fish are my main priority and i dont want to get it wrong and them all die because of moving them to an uncycled tank.
any help is very muchly appreciated.
Posted 21 July 2010 - 10:10 PM
Posted 21 July 2010 - 10:16 PM
Set the new tank up the day before the move with mostly new water (but leave space for water from your small tank). Get the filter running (new filter) to help get the tank settled. On the day of the move: Move fish into a tub or box. Move gravel, water and decorations from old tank to new tank. Put old filter media into new filter. Once you're happy everything is running properly, acclimatize fish to the nre tank and poof, you're done!
You only need to have the tank set up the day before to get all the gas bubbles out of the water and to stop the water being cloudy from the new substrate.
Obviously don't rush out to get new fish. Let the new tank settle for a bit and check the water just in case there was some bacteria loss
Edited by Assaye, 21 July 2010 - 10:16 PM.
Posted 21 July 2010 - 10:24 PM
also i was thinking of putting my old filter into the new tank along with the new filter running( as i cant take the media out of the old filters as they will be in the old tank whilst the new one is getting set up).
am i best to put the water from my old tank into the new one or start totally afresh with new water??
thanks for the replies muchly appreciated
Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:10 PM
As far as water is concerned if you have been doing good size regular water changes using 100% fresh tap water should be fine in the new tank. If you are worried about any differences in water do a slower acclimation.
I set up & break down tanks on a regular basis as stocking changes. Whenever I set up a tank I fast the fish for 24 hours before the move, and feed lightly the next week whenever possible. Less food means less waste produced, making any shortage of nitrifying bacteria no issue.
Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:54 PM
Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:24 AM
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