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80% to 90% water change so I can move a tank.

Is this going to screw up my biologicals horrendously or am I safe doing this.

I have (want) to move my tank from a kitchen counter to a stand, but to do this I am going to have to empty out the tank down to about 4 or 5 gallons to be able to physically move it. It is a 16 gallon tank.

so I will have about 4-5 gallons in the tank when I move it, and leave another 2 gallons in a bucket and another 2-3 gallons in the canister filter.....I guess now that I typed it out it doesn't really seem like I am taking TOO much water out.
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The bacteria is in your substrate and biomedia, not your water. It's totally fine, especially since you're using the same water source (your not moving from well water to city water, or hard to soft)
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You'll be fine. Just be careful not to twist the tank when moving it.
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You'll be fine. Just be careful not to twist the tank when moving it.

yeah, it shouldn't be too bad. I am moving it all of 12 feet or so from a waist level countertop to a waist level stand - so I do not have to lift it up higher or do anything that would require me to reposition my hands and twist the tank by accident.


This will be very nice once I am done. I'll actually have my CO2 and canister below the tank on a shelf instead of sitting next to and behind the tank on my kitchen counter :rofl:
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A caution I would take is to make sure the water is thoroughly de-chlorinated since it will not be diluted as much as a smaller water change.


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Just monitor your ammonia and nitrite levels for a few days afterwards to make sure you don't get a spike. That can happen if the bacteria get disturbed too much in the process.

Just a few water changes should be all you'd need to do if you do get one.

I've moved tanks like this many, many times.





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A caution I would take is to make sure the water is thoroughly de-chlorinated since it will not be diluted as much as a smaller water change.

I am practically religious with de-chloring water here.


the only thing that really was scary was finding out that WA's tap water is a ph of ~8.3
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Donīt touch the filter and you should be fine. The fish will appreciate the fresh water a lot. As long as you donīt leave the tank without water seating for a long day you wonīt have any problem.
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Donīt touch the filter and you should be fine. The fish will appreciate the fresh water a lot. As long as you donīt leave the tank without water seating for a long day you wonīt have any problem.

they already get 50% changes every Sunday. at most, the tank will be down to a few inches of water in the tank for no more than 1 hour.
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Just try to minimize the time that your filter is shut off and you should be fine. I've moved a 60 gal many times throughout the past 8 years the same way with no problems...
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when you move your tanks (not from room to room but from 1 house to another) do you take all the plants and substrate out also?
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when you move your tanks (not from room to room but from 1 house to another) do you take all the plants and substrate out also?
I did not, when I moved my 2.5g nano. I just put the aquarium on a wooden board, and then moved the entire aquarium.

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I just put the aquarium on a wooden board, and then moved the entire aquarium.

thats the way to do it so that your tank doesnt twist at all and possibly mess up the seams
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