For the past few months, I had wanted to empty my 10 gallon sand tank and transfer the substrate, plants and equipment over to the empty 20 gallon long. This past week, while on vacation, I decided to do the transfer. But I accidentally dropped my one of my potted spider plant babies onto the 20 gallon long and shattered two of the glass panels.
Thank goodness the tank was empty!
I heard that Petco was having their "dollar a gallon" sale and stopped in early in the morning to see if there were any 20 gallon long tanks on the "sale" shelf. There were several Tetra brand tanks on sale that had gobs of silicone sealant sloppily applied to the seams. The Tetra tanks were probably just fine except for aesthetic reasons, but I saw there was one lone Aqueon on the shelf, a 15 gallon. So I decided to purchase the 15 gallon.
This is what the 10 gallon looked like. It had been set up for nearly 2 years.
From the 10 gallon I transferred the following to the 15 gallon:
20 pounds of 2 year old cycled CaribSea Sunset Gold and added 20 pounds from a new bag of Sunset Gold.
Aged one day tap water (and also had added API Tap Water Conditioner) and about 10 gallons of water from the 10 gallon.
HOB filter with filter media (wanted to keep the beneficial bacteria) from the 10 gallon.
4 anubias nana and one extremely tiny Anubias nan petite
bunches of Lutea Crypts
3 chunks of Mopani driftwood
a few common guppies
many Malaysian trumpet snails
Filling up the 15 gallon. The anubias were attached to rocks or the driftwood with a small dot of super glue. I poured the water into a ceramic bowl to avoid stirring up the sand.