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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-09-2013, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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29g to 40b transition

So like most people on TPT, I took advantage of the Petco $1 per gallon sale and got myself a 40 gallon breeder tank. I currently have a 29 gallon tank that's been up and running for almost 2 years. It's my only tank, and I don't really want more than one main tank at a time. Sidenote: I also got a 10 gallon in the sale, but that'll be a different thread.
The 40b won't be directly replacing the 29g. I'm going to make a new stand for it, DIY style. I think I'm also going to place the 40b on the other side of the room. That way I can start working on the 40b setup before I take the 29g down, and it値l make things much less complicated.
I値l be moving all of the fish and plants from the 29g to the 40b. In terms of equipment, I知 going to have to move the filter (eheim 2217). I plan on getting a new light and a new inline heater as well. Also going to make a pvc co2 reactor for the new tank as well.
I知 looking for advice/recommendations on the best way to make the transition.
I have a 20 gallon high I can use to house the fish temporarily if need be. I also have a spare heater and AC70 filter I can use to seed/cycle the 40. No rush on this either. I probably won稚 be ready to make the transition until late fall. I want to get a solid game plan in place.
Recommendations on new equipment are appreciated as well. I知 thinking of going with an inline heater this time around, and possibly a buildmyled.com light fixture.
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Im looking to do this exact same thing except I will be moving early August and setting the 40B up then and making the transation that way! I currently have a 20H. I will have to keep an eye on this thread(=
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I just converted to a 40b from a 55g. I'm running an eheim 2217 with purigen and a hydor in line heater. I feel like this combo is perfect for the 40b. The water is crystal clear and the surface agitation is perfect.

I filled an 8 gallon bucket up with the 55 gallons water and switched the filter and heater over. Let it run for a couple hours while the fish hung out in a few 3 gallon buckets. Everything is perfect and the fish are looking real healthy.

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Thanks, Psychedelic. So you just took the water from one tank to the other and that did the trick, huh? I can't wait to make the switch. The 29 has no depth. Good luck with the move, crice8. Glad I'm just going across the room. :-) I moved a 10 gallon once, and that was enough of a PITA.
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I just recently transfered everything from 29gal to 40gal. I pretty much just transfered water from 29gal to 40gal. Waters already established, and bacteria in the filters are good. It did take a good 3 hours to do it, but the fish are happy. No need to cycle tank, as water and all equipment is already cycled. I would add new substrate though, mixed with old substrate if you have plants. Alot of the beneficial bacteria may be lost during transition.
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Yep, only used about 8 gallons from the 55. I Would if used more but my nitrates were super high! The 55 had no depth either that's why I made the transition!

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Thanks, Psychedelic. So you just took the water from one tank to the other and that did the trick, huh? I can't wait to make the switch. The 29 has no depth. Good luck with the move, crice8. Glad I'm just going across the room. :-) I moved a 10 gallon once, and that was enough of a PITA.
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Thanks for the tips. Doesn't seem like it will be as bad as I thought it would be.
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Just take your time don't rush it
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I just dump fish and plants into a 5g bucket or laundry bin. Then move the substrate to the new tank, add some water, plug in all the plants where you want them. Lastly, fill the rest, turn everything on and slowly add the fish in. Done.
If you use the same filter w/o a long off time, you don't need to cycle. Use de-chlorinater if needed, get the temp right.
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Lol I plan on doing the exact same thing. Actually building the stand right now =)
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Nice, dopeness. Post a pic of the stand!
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Nice, dopeness. Post a pic of the stand!
I will when I'm finished =)
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what kind of lighting are you going to use. Im trying to decide between 4 bulb or 2. The tank I got has a plastic middle support. So im thinking 2 bulbs wont cover the entire bottom. idk
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I'm leaning towards a buildmyled 36" fixture for my 40b. I'm definitely gonna go led. If I was going with t5ho again, I'd do a 4 bulb.
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