Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Aquarium Structural Integrity Compromised; Logistics of Moving Aquatic Community?
So I did something I shouldn't have. The top rim of my aquarium was loose enough to just slip it off so I removed it. It has been fine for weeks now but this evening I heard the sound of trickling water and noticed the front glass had come free by about 1/4 of an inch. It could go at any second so I held it together and tried to get my roommates attention. He was passed out on the couch with headphones in so I had to toss the lid of the Aqua Clear at him to get his attention. Anyway, he held it together and I slipped the rim back on. We fastened a tie-down strap around it and slathered an ample amount of silicone over the seam so it has stopped leaking. For how long is anyone's guess. Anyway, I'm going to try to get another 55 long tomorrow and I need to move everything from one aquarium to the other.
The list includes:
Two Crypts, Two Java Ferns, A lot of Hornwort, Two Swords, Temple, and an Anubias
Seven Glo Tetras, One YoYo Loach, Two Rainbow Sharks, One Betta, 4 Otto Cats, and One Large Snail
The aquarium has been running for a little over a month and is 80% planted. So what I need to know is the best way to do this without killing the fish and plants. I am going to have to use the same substrate and aquarium stand which will entail completely emptying the damaged aquarium, placing the new one on the stand, transferring the substrate, then filling it with water. Do I have enough plants to avoid worrying about a major cycle? Because its only been going for a month will I have to worry about transferring the substrate kicking up a lot of ammonia and waste? What are the steps I need to take when doing this?