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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-08-2006, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Suggestions for a successful tank upgrade?

Well, after having my 30g bowfront tank for 3 1/2 years, I've finally been given the go ahead to replace it with a new, larger aquarium! The new one (which will arrive next Thursday) is a 70g Oceanic: 36x18x24.

I plan on transferring most of my tank water into a large rubbermaid container, then transferring the fish into the container (only 15 white cloud minnows and two panda cories). I'll float all my plants in the rubbermaid.

My big question is: What is the best way to go about transferring the Flourite substrate? If I simply scoop the Flourite into the new tank and add the water, then there will be tons of mulm and debris flying around (and it'll probably take a long time before the water clears enough before I can put my fish back in). Is there a better way to do this? I have purchased three bags of Flourite Red, which I will thoroughly rinse, and perhaps I could put this on top of the old substrate to help keep some of the old mulm down?

Any suggestions or experiences would be greatly appreciated!
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Try putting down the unwashed new stuff and the mulmy old stuff down dry and then cap with washed?

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I did this recently in my upgrade. The old fluorite was only 5 months old, but the water was still muddy.
I used a green fish net to scoop the fluorite into a 5 gallon paint strainer (same one I used to rinse the new fluorite) that was sitting in the old tank, and then lifted to the new tank. The fish net let a lot of the debris float away. I didnít get a lot of fines from my old gravel, but you can get those after you get the majority of the stuff with a kids plastic sand shovel after you drain the last of the water away.

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Thanks for the suggestions so far:

Blue Ram, I like the idea of capping the old fluorite with new, well rinsed flourite. As for placing unwashed flourite on the bottom, will there be a potential for a big flourite cloud in the water when planting?

tazcrash69, thanks for the idea of using a fish net to transfer out the old flourite. I was originally going to use a plastic scoop, but as you mentioned, the fish net will allow some of the debris to float away, which is a good thing.
What is a paint strainer?
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I first read about it from Rex. He uses it to rinse fluorite, and it make the job a lot easier, and lets you keep a lot of fine particles.
Basically get yourself to a paint store (It took trips to 3 different Big orange borg stores for me to find it).
Basically it's a giant fine mesh nylon sock with elastic at the open end that fits in a 5 gallon bucket using the elastic to hold it in place.

If you have a bucket with drain holes on the bottom, you can just keep running water through it until itís clear.
I just used it in my slop sink without the bucket. Iíll never rinse gravel without it again.

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