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How to transfer aquarium fish to new tank (large bioload)

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I have a 180 gallon tank with 20+ Adult Discus, 30+ Adult Cory Cats, 20+ Adult Bristle Nose.

The bioload is high but I need to move. Anybody have experience transferring such a large bioload into a fresh tank? The filters will be seasoned but for sure there will be a lot of biomedia lost because I will be removing a full bed of substrate (aquasoil) and putting the fish into a new barebottom tank.
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I've never moved that large of a stock before but have moved a few heavily stocked 75g tanks. I've always split up the tank into a few "quarantine" tanks allowing me the time to move & reset the main tank. I called in favors from some fish-friends and had a 55g and 3 - 29g tanks to tide the fish over until the new tank was setup and had time to settle.

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Lots of details will make the difference. What is the situation on the move? Got the new tank and able to do a fishless cycle? Simple but it does take some time to get it going fully. New tank to replace the old where it is so that it is a change out or is it moving across town? When I 'm looking at cross country, I normal just run the stock way down to cut the job.
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Hey guys

I have a 180 gallon tank with 20+ Adult Discus, 30+ Adult Cory Cats, 20+ Adult Bristle Nose.

The bioload is high but I need to move. Anybody have experience transferring such a large bioload into a fresh tank? The filters will be seasoned but for sure there will be a lot of biomedia lost because I will be removing a full bed of substrate (aquasoil) and putting the fish into a new barebottom tank.
What are you currently using to filter the 180? What size is the new tank? Sounds like you wont be using the same filter? (any reason why?)

I'd try to use that same filter on the new tank; and maybe get some mesh filter bags to "save" some of the substrate and the bacteria on it. Then just drop those bags of substrate into the tank as a temporary measure.

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You could see if an LFS would hold them for you, while you move.

Just a thought. If you have one that’s not a chain, there’ll prob be a better chance they’d do it.


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You could see if an LFS would hold them for you, while you move.

Just a thought. If you have one that’s not a chain, there’ll prob be a better chance they’d do it.


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Sounds pretty risky to me! I've yet to find a LFS that I'd trust with something like that.
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Depending on how far you're moving and how long it will take you could transport stuff in 55 gallon food grade plastic drums. They're usually available pretty inexpensively. You'd be able to save all your water. Maybe get a cheap canister or two and some mesh bags with media and start growing some more bacteria that you can easily transfer.
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I just recently cycled my 180 gallon with some seachem stability. Seems to work pretty well. It's supposed to seed your media with live bacteria.



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