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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-10-2003, 05:50 AM Thread Starter
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Hey all..

Well ive finished setting up my tank

35gal w/eclipse 3 hood(biowheel) and 64w lights..
Laterite/Brown Gravel..substrate

Im still looking for rocks and things and poss some driftwood. (btw im assuming if a rock fizzles with Vinegar its no good?)

heres my thing My best friend is setting up a marine setup and basically im taking his tank. He has 4 Tiger barbs. a pleco and a corycat I belive a neon tetra aswell.. its a 10 Gal tank now with black gravel.

We want to do the whole move in one day. Im just scared that everything will die. His tank has been running for well over a year now.

This is what we are thinking. We are going to get 2 buckets and put is water and gravel in one and the other with the rest of his water and the fish. Over at my tank we are going to put the 5 gal of water and gravel (and all the GREAT bacteria in my tank). Then we will add new fresh water(treated( to bring the level up.. Bring it up to 80 degrees and get the eclipse hood going. He is also giving me his Sponge from his filter (again with bacteria) so i can somehow place it in my tank.) I guess we will wait a while and hopefully then add the 2nd bucket containing the other 5 gal of water and fish.

Are We Nuts???

Technically its just a really BIG water change... Honsetly I dont think the tetras will survive but Im hoping everything else will...

Soo.. what am I forgetting? Besides the chance that the ph/amonias may go crazy?

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I think everything will survive fine. It is indeed a lot like a very big water change, but if everything's getting dumped into the larger tank, then you'll have an adequate amount of bacteria to prevent a substantial mini-cycle. There may be a very small amount of ammonia build-up related to the more dispersed bacteria not being in the most ideal places for efficient waste processing. Simply monitor it with a test kit and do water changes as necessary.
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If you want to be safe get some Bio-Spira. It actually does what it claims to do.

And the vinegar test doesn't work. You really need to use a stronger acid like muriatic acid. Also be sure to check a fresh face on the rock. Either scratch it with a metal object or use a hammer to knock a small chip off of it.
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When I do things like this I put some filterwool (floss) in the pipe i use to siphon the water, makes it flow through real slow if you get it in too tight, but it comes out superclear, without all of the pooh that will now be floating in the water.

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You'll be fine, I just did that with two tanks, a 58 gallon and a 100 gallon, in about 6 hours. It did take 5 people and three vehicles due to the size and weight of the big tanks.

Cold temperatures are probably the major concern. Keep the heaters on with the fish in the buckets as long as possible, keep the bucket covered, the fish will be spooked and try to jump. says to keep the top 3./4 inch of gravel separated from the bottom, as they have different types of bacteria. Keep the gravel damp, but it can be carried separate from the water if that is easier. Actually you only need to keep maybe half the water, to ease any change in water parameters.

The filter sponge should be damp and well aerated, like in a plastic bag or shallow pan of water. Keep the temps OK for that also, it is alive.

Don't feed the fish for 48 hours before the move, they will blow off a lot of ammonia due to fright, worse if they have full tummies. Have a heater and airstone going for them while you set up the tank and gravel and filter.

I'd guess about an hour on each end and travel time in the middle. You'll be fine.
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I've done it with a 75 gallon planted tank before. Moved to the next town over betweeen breaking it all down moving it 10 miles and setting it all back up, it took me about 7 hrs. A lot of work it was. Breaking down a 10 gal and getting it all into a 35 should be a breeze since the 35 doesn't have to be moved.
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Soo.. what am I forgetting?
Hey if he's a good friend then tell him to give you the bacteria ripe filter he is using as well.

Of course you have to give it back when you get a ripe one going of your own. :lol:

Good Luck.... you should have no problems.
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