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Upgrading from 2.5g to mini-m

So I have been thinking of upgrading my 2.5g to my mini-m that has been in storage for 3 years. Since I am moving back and forth from home it is a headache to have two tanks running.

My question is will I be able to move all my filter media from my 2.5g tank to my mini-m's filter and not have a huge problem with ammonia and nitrites. All I keep are cherries and an otto. Also does anyone have any good plants to recommend for a mini-m. Keep in mind that I have to move this tank twice a year to and from college. So a lot of root plants have to be torn out for the move or cut down short.

I was thinking of dwarf hairgrass which lays lower so some water can be kept in the tank and a small amount of blyxa. The rest would be attached to wood (for easy removal) like moss, anubias nana, and java fern.

The tank would probably have a 13w cfl above it so it is hard to tell what kind of lighting I am working with. Either way I will have co2 and be dosing the EI method. I have asked questions about the light earlier but if anyone has any input on what the light range the light will give me I would be thankful. I am wanting to keep this tank medium light.


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Bleh too long of a paragraph... to answer your first question, moving filter media should be just fine. I assume you'll be moving all your substrate and plants over from your 2.5g to the mini-m so it really should be all ready set and go to move species in right away. Just move the water as well =)

As for the plants, dwarf hairgrass will root itself and not be easy to take out to remove/move but depending how far you're moving it, you might need to break down the entire tank when you do move. Lower the water to the minimum almost touching the substrate, try to get all the fauna out, then move the tank on to something you can carry it on like a piece of wood shelfing. Put plastic wrap over the tank top and move it in your car... the substrate may move a bit the carpeted plant should be in tact.
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+1 from what fusion said. I seen that paragraph and almost didn't want to read it.
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The bacteria grows only to support the bio load in the tank. If your bio load will be the same then the existing filter media should be able to support it regardless of what tank it's in.

What size is the new tank?

As far as plants go, I would not use any carpet plants and would rely only on the plants attached to decor. That's just me tho as I would not like tearing the plants out and replanting them so often.
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It is a 5.5g I believe. I have moved hairgrass before without tearing it up so that shouldnt be a problem. Since I will leave a small layer of water in the tank which I already do now for my baby shrimp.

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+1 from what fusion said. I seen that paragraph and almost didn't want to read it.
Haha I fixed the paragraph.

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