Switching tanks: can I avoid cycling?
I just picked up a new tank and want to take the inhabitants (shrimp) from my old tank and place them in the new one. However, I do not have room in my small apartment to have two tanks set up at once.
Old tank: fluval edge 12g
New tank: 12g long
Can I avoid cycling the new tank? Here is my plan...
1) Put the sponge filters that I will be using in the new tank in the old established tank for a week.
2) Put all water and substrate from the old tank into the new tank. (I will also be adding new substrate due to the increased surface area).
3) Place all plants and inhabitants into the new tank (from the water change bucket).
Will this put my shrimp at risk?