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Qustion about moving a tank

I recently adopted some fish and got a new tank from a friend. It's a 90 gallon tank and I moved it to my place last night. There are two residents: a Tiger Oscar and a Convict Cichlid (neither good for planted tanks, DOH!).

We saved about 20 gallons of water from the tank before we moved it (to keep some BB and because it had already been treated and whatnot). I finished setting up the tank, added that water, and then added another 15 or so gallons to give the fish room to swim.

My question is this: San Diego has a TON of chlorine in the tap water. Do I need to slowly add the rest of the water (using Prime) over the next few days so that I'm not dumping high amounts of chlorine in the water even though it will get treated quickly by the Prime, or can I just add enough Prime, fill-er-up and let it go at that?

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I would just use a 5 gal bucket...fill it up, treat it, pour it in.

Now there's just a question of adding 55gal in one day...I don't know about that.

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When moving an existing aquarium I've always just added the prime as I was filling and once I got the temp about the same as the what the fish are waiting in I added the fish. I do the same with water changes, except the fish are already in the tank. I haven't noticed any ill effects. That's a good question though, maybe I've just been lucky doing it that way. Any one else have any ideas.

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dang, jasonh beat me to the punch.

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Yeah, I've done water changes in the past on my smaller tanks and only replacing 50% of the water, but whenever I setup a new tank (haven't done a planted tank yet), I always let it sit for a few days before adding fish to make sure that the Prime has time to work and everything is cool. For all intents and purposes, this is a 85% water change and I'm just not sure. I'd give it a few days but that oscar is a big boy and there's no way I can leave him in a 5 gal bucket for a day or two.

The bucket-by-bucket approach is what I've done in the past, treating as I went. I suppose I could fill it without using my new Python (which I've never had before) even though I now think it rivals the semiconductor as one of the greatest inventions of all time, especially for anything over 55 gal. :P
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I have always done it the same way as Anthony - just fill 'er up! + add dechlor

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i use a hose and stand by at the tank adding dechlor. done that with 4 tanks thus far and have had no problems

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I'd say its about time you break in your new Python!
I couldn't have said it better my self Jen!!

Now I can't wait to get home and finish it up!
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