Help me out with transition folks
Hey guys, so I have been in this hobby for a while now, and finally, I feel like I can take on some basic responsibilities. So here goes.
I want to redo both of my tanks. I have a 29 gallon, and a 72. First, let me explain what they have right now, and then, I will outline what I plan to do. At any point, if you guys see anything wrong, or a suggestion to improve, feel free to chime in.
Last year, I put dirt in my tanks. I took out everything, then put dirt, didnt fliter them. Just dumped the bag in the tanks, then capped it with regular store gravel. Me doing this for the first time, I did make lots of mistakes. And the result was whole lota fish died. Ammonia spiked, and overall, not that good looking of a tank.
So now, needless to say, I want to avoid all that. I want to make sure my fish are least stressed out during the whole transition. I want to have 0 mortality if possible and finally, cap the dirt with sand and do a lot better job at it.
So here is my plan to do so and this is where I need you guys help me out. Again, please go through what I am planning to do step by step, and then let me know ANYTHING that I should not do, should do, or what have you. I will start with 29 Gallon first, complete it all the way, and then repeat the steps for 72 in the future. Currently, it has bunch of mix tropical fish, some rainbows (none of them will get more than 2-2.5 inches) some swordtails, smaller loaches, some ammano and cherry shrimp, and bunch of nerite snails along with some other fish.
So here goes -
1 - First, I want to get all the fish and water out and put them in my 55 gallon tank that currently is empty.
2 - Move both my Pothos plants and bunch of floating plants in the 55. (Hopefully, they will help me with water quality)
3 - Move the sponge filter in it, and put it in 55.
4 - Wait for some times (a week maybe? Add Prime in the mean time)
5 - Return the sponge filter in the 29
6 - Return all the fish and floating plants, and Pothos in it.
Question is - How long is it safe for me to keep my fish in 55 this way? Of course I will check my water regularly, change as needed. I want to prolong this transition as long as I can so that I can work on my original 29 G tank. I want to give that tank (29) as long as possible heads up for the plants to settle in, get rooted in, get stable. Also, since I will have dirt in it, capped with sand, I know Ammonia will spike initially. Want to avoid that as well.
Second question is, how long will it take for the nitrogen cycle to complete? Since I am returning sponge filter, I am hoping that the cycle should speed up.
I know I am being contradictory here. On one hand, I want to keep everything in 55 as long safely as I can, on the other, I want to speed up the process in 29. Basically, I want to complete everything as soon as I can, while my fish are not being stressed out, but as a back up plan, I want to know how long is it ok for me to keep them in 55 just in case. (If that makes sense, lol)
Last edited by shaonrahman; 02-02-2019 at 10:14 PM.
Reason: Adding more info.