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can I use substrate from my establized tank to upgrade to a bigger one.

might be like a simple question but my brain is just not working today. I've got a oceanic 30g and have a rimless 46g bowfront. can I use the substrate out of 30g and put it in the 46 gallon. along with the filter a xp2, and eheim 2234.

basically I guess I'm saying I want to be lazy, and don't want to have to cycle the 46g if I can just jump start it with what I already have and just add more substrate, I could also use the same water too, or use my ro machine right?

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Absolutely. Just keep the substrate and filter media wet, and try to complete the switch within a single day.
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cool, thanks and I plan to use the same water and just add ro to it, or all ro to it. what about the plants and the fish plants could go in same day right? and i could put the fish in a bucket with air stone for a day or two to be safe. thanks.

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It should be fine. Like cobra said try to do it quick. Just make sure you keep an eye out for an ammonia spike. It might happen, it might not happen. Just be prepared for one

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It may likely spike if you never vaccuumed the substrate in the old tank before. there's probably a mountain of detris beneath so upsetting that may be something you want to prepare for. get some fast growing plants to soak up any nitrates that would leech out to protect your livestock. Hornwort, anubias, wistera and floaters are excellent candidates


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I have rotela steams so I think I'm good to go, and I have a bucket that is for only holding fish. I can keep my fish in there with a air stone, and got a little media out of the canister and put it in a panyhose and have it socking in the tank, so i could put it in a hob filter that i can put on the bucket well I move stuff over.. thanks

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