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This afternoon I will be tearing down my tank. Do any of you have hints or tips on how to alleviate some of the stress placed on my fish and shrimp for the time they are placed in the "holding cell"—a large tupperware container?
Any help is appreciated, of course.

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I too will be doing this soon. a few things I'll be doing to help

1) subdued lighting
2) use tank water for the holding tank/bags/bucket
3) maintain water temperature


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Don't feed the fish for a couple of days prior to the tear down in order to prevent build up of wastes in the smaller holding container/bags/bucket.

Amquil (sp) may also help keep the amonia levels down.

I am doing this soon as well.
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Any opinions on whether or not it is best to leave the fish in their holding container overnight even if the tank is finished? This is to say, is it more stressful to move the fish twice in one day—i.e. out of their tank and into the container and then back into their re-scaped tank—or is it more stressful for them to stay in the holding cell?
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I'd vote for putting them back. The stress of clean water and more space is pretty minor.
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Hehe. Good point.
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Try to minimize netting. IE if you caught them with a net to move to the temporary tank, pour them back into the main tank without netting them. Netting is quite stressful to fish, as is being lifted out of the water.
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Well, the re-scape is complete and all fish are happily swimming in their new environment. The Rummy Nose Tetras are shinning their bright red faces, so I will look to that as an indication that the fish population, while temporarily stressed, have recovered.

For me the hardest part of acclimating the fish was matching the water temperatures of the tank and the tupperware container. (Mainly because I am very impatient and it was quite difficult waiting for the heater to warm the water.)

The reason I had to tear the tank down was due mainly to a very stubborn and seemingly invincible algae outbreak (staghorn) which was the result of a nutirient SNAFU on my part. As a result, I had to toss out quite a few plants. (Killed me to do that.) As of this morning, I am not certain how much I like my new design, but I will let it grow out and see how it goes.


For the fish's sake, I hope this design turns out tolerable. If not...

Thanks for all the advice, guys.
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Hey, looking good! It's definitely got potential as an Amano-style mountainscape...

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I love your rockwork, I can't wait to see it once it's grow in a bit more.
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