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!