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Tank and substrate swap

I am getting ready to replace my 150g acrylic tank to a 150 or 180g glass tank (done with scratching) right now the tank has fish, plants, and a sand bottom. I would like to change to something better for growing plants.
I plan to put the fish in a large plastic storage tub from Lowe's with a heater, airstone, sponge filter, and half the water from the tankand half new water. How long can the fish live like this as I will need to do this the day before they deliver the new tank also how long for the new substrate to settle down? not sure if what I'm using yet. I was told not to feed 2days before and they can stay in the tub for days by the tank store (LFS)
I have a large sump full of sponge etc. to start the new tank with.
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Less than a year ago, my 55 sprung a leak and I had a bunch of fish. I split them up into 3, five gal buckets, 5-10 fish per bucket (depending on size), with bubble stone and sponge filter in each one. I also put the biomedia and some substrate from the 55 in each bucket. I did 50% water change about every 4-5 days and replaced water lost through evaporation every other day. All the fish seemed to do alright except I did however, loose 2 bala sharks and a long fin black skirt tetra to stress. They stayed in buckets for 2 1/2 weeks. I fed very little about every 3-4 days. Some of them didn't eat at all, but most just a bite or two. I found someone who wanted to get rid of a tank (75 gal) that was taking up room in their garage. When I finaly introduced them to their new tank (75 gal) they were soooo very happy and they've done awesome ever since. Except for I just lost an ageing zebra danio about a week ago.

I'm sure your tubs are alot bigger than 5 gal buckets so with proper care, your fish should do just fine, for probably quite a bit longer than two weeks.

About your substrate??...When I set up the 75, I didn't wait at all. I did dirt, topped with creek gravel. I planted it, and added the fish. Everything has been awesome ever since!
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Thanks for the reply. I just realized I posted this in the wrong section. Maybe a moderator can move it?
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Thanks for the reply. I just realized I posted this in the wrong section. Maybe a moderator can move it?
I have moved your thread

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A tote is a great way to go. A concern could be ammonia build up so make sure you 'wash' your filter media in the tote so the sponge filter will do it's job (an instant cycle). As a mater of fact, you might store your filter media in the tote as well so the bacteria remains active when you put everything back together.

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Good idea's once I get the nerve up I might just attempt this.
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