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Old 06-13-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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suggestions for live stock transfer


Hi everyone
Looks like I found someone to take me out to li to pick up a new 56 gallon in exchange for my 36 gallon bow front tank. So now I have to figure out how to transfer all the fish and plants from the 36 to the 56. Im going to home Depot today to pick up some buckets. Im thinking first to remove all the plants (do I trim the roots? ). Place them on a towel. Catch the fish I figure ill put them in two different buckets (how long can they stay in the buckets? ). I will take alot of the substrate from the 36 gallon to use in the new tank (should I mix it in with the new or put it in first?) I have a large peice of drift wood how ling can it sit out before I strart losing the good bacteria? I will be using my old filters a fluval canister and hob filter. Ill also use all the ild water in the new tank. If you all have any suggestions or see where im doing something wrong please let me know.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:13 PM   #2
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Assuming you dont have hard to catch fish and heavily planted tank....This is what I will do...Fill the bucket with tank water 3/4( you can get bucket in any $ store)Catch fish and put in the bucket, use net cover(if you have 1) or thin towel to cover the bucket, put it aside so that fish wont freak out when you work around the tank. Fish can stay in bucket for overnight with out problem.

Now transfer all the remaining water to another bucket( this is not needed)..Uproot plants. put it aside, Better if you store all plants in Zip~lock bag and seal it till you are ready to plant it back...Stay fresh this way.

Remove all substrate transfer to new tank, if you are mixing new substrate wash it separately, Better use old substrate in the bottom and use new substrate to cap old substrate ...Slowly refill the tank with preserved water(if this gives you Peace of mind) which is not necessary. Plant all those removed plant back, place DW, decore etc. Put back you filters and run for say 15-20 minutes.....Transfer fish from bucket and voila! you are done.

Have done this many times in my big tanks...1 thing you need to remember is not to Stress fish and use bit warmer water then what you had in your old tank...temperature wise.....say you had 75 degree~new water should be 77-78 degree.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:45 PM   #3
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Thanks soooo much joraan
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:50 PM   #4
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I would pull out plants and drain water from the old tank first to make catching fish easier.
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:24 PM   #5
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use two nets, one being a large one. makes catching far easier and less stressful.

even better if there's a large glass salad bowl handy. Allow the fish to swim in for extraction.
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Thanks dsrkoon that sounds like the order to go in.
Thanks acitydweller I have 2 nets so ill def use them
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:41 PM   #7
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catch the fishes put in the bucket, put a airstone they will be fine in a few days before you set up~
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Thanks cantsay. Im hoping to have them in the tank asap hopefully less than two hours. Do I still need an air stone
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:20 AM   #9
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2 hours sitting out is ok, few days need airstones hook up an airpump.. arent you gonna rescape your tank, bigger tank need more decoration.. and when u put water slowly still the water is going to be cloudy... its gonna be hell alotta work at least 5 to 6 hours... sounds insane but doing everything yourself.. i did my 20 gallon tank took everything out remodel.. took me 2.5 hours...

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Old 06-14-2013, 02:23 AM   #10
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Hey cantsay
The new tank is taller and deeper but not longer. So basically the plants that have will just have more room. My tank is heavily planted so I won't be adding anything nee tomorrow. Basically im just taking it from one tank to the other. I could be wrong but I really dont see it taking over a cpl of hrs once I get started.
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I think I'll pick up a air stone just in case
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:17 AM   #12
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Ok all is done. Tom picked me up around 11 great guy throughly enjoyed the trip.
Got back around 1pm finished everything a little after 4. Every one is happy swimming around and even eating.
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Tom's a great guy.

Congrats on the new setup.
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Now what you need to do is frequent water change say 2-3X week...20-30% to keep algae in bay..
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yay hope the white cloud settles~~ run a canister.. me and jimmy boy went window shopping~~ found canisters.... and rare fishes~
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