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Hi everyone.

So I just picked up a 75 gallon tank and stand off craiglist to replace my 55. The 75 will be going where the 55 currently sits.

I'm not really sure what to do with my livestock in between the tear down of the old tank and setup of the new one. I don't have any other established tanks to temporarily put them in.

I have an empty 20 gal tank sitting around. Could I just put everybody in there, and run the filter and heater during the switch? I currently have 3 pearl gouramis, 7 cherry barbs, 7 otos, 3 sterbai corys, 2 bolivian rams, 1 BN pleco, and some ghost shrimp and ramshorn.

I would appreciate any advice anyone can give me, or any links that may be useful. I'm hoping to avoid as many casualties as possible.

Also, should I expect any sort of mini cycle? I'll be transferring pretty much everything over to the 75 (substrate, filter, plants, etc.)
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-14-2013, 11:56 PM
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Well I've done this in a smaller scale, but depending how long it'll take maybe some can go into buckets? I just took all the guppies and shrimp and stuck them in with the bubblers. As to the 20g I don't see why not, but it might be best to wait for someone more experienced to respond. Good luck!
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just keep the filter wet. You won't have a cycle to worry about. The filter on the current tanks needs to stay wet and aired to make sure that all the bacteria lives. Most of it is in the filter. Don't add any new fish though for a little while just to be sure.
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I think 20g sounds fine for that population for a short time.

Consider re-using some of the water in the new setup, so you might still want extra buckets around.

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Consider re-using some of the water in the new setup, so you might still want extra buckets around.
Yeah, I did take that into consideration. Thanks for the extra input though. The less hang-ups the better.
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I think 20g sounds fine for that population for a short time.
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You may want to do frequent large water changes after the change. Even though you're using "seasoned" hardscape the disturbance of the organics will cause an ammonia spike. It should go away pretty quickly though.
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the 20 gallon is fine. you can tear down and reset in less than 12 hours.

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the 20 gallon is fine. you can tear down and reset in less than 12 hours.
yeah, i was planning on doing the whole switch in one shot. i don't think it should take more than 3 or 4 hours if all goes well.
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