Ok folks, here’s the deal. I need some advice on how to best switch things over to my new tank. I’ve been scaping for 9 years using the same high tech 29g tank running an Ehiem Ecco 2236 with 4” of Eco-complete. This is a heavily planted tank with a couple SAE’s, 15 Amano’s and about 18 tetras. Because I’ve only started this one tank, I’m at a bit of a loss here, huge blind spot in my skill set.
My killer wife bought me a new 50g rimless DAS tank (36x18x18). I love my wife. I’m switching over to aquasoil as well, but want to continue running my same filter. My concerns surround the utilization of my old filter to help cycle the new tank, while maintaining good health for critters and plants in the old tank for 30 day.
Let me tell you what I was proposing to do:
- Place old Eheim HOB liberty 200 on old tank and let it run for a week in combination with Ecco canister.
- Hardscape new 50g and add ADA aquasoil Amazonia, power sand and couple other ADA additives
- Fill 50g with water and follow suggested protocol:
- Perform a 95-100% water change in 24 hours.
- Perform another 95-100% water change 24 hours later.
- Perform a 50% water change 24 hours later.
- Add plenty of fast growing plants.
- Place Ecco-canister on new tank without cleaning filter to seed new tank. Leaving HOB on old 29g tank to maintain for 30 days while cycling new tank.
- Temporary use of an old 2x39 watt T5HO while maintaining current CF on old tank.
- Watch Ammonia levels and Nitrite levels on both tanks.
- Add SAE’s when finished cycling and then add in remaining fish over a couple weeks to be followed by shrimp.
- Move over several plants from old tank to new tank
- Do a partial clean of Canister filter after 45 days, possibly just the fine scrubber.
Well, that’s all I’ve got. My assumption about utilizing the HOB to maintain my 29g is based on threads I’ve read. Apparently, in an established heavily planted tank the filter is not necessary to maintain the cycle so much as it supports the mechanical movement of water. Therefore, the HOB should be sufficient to maintain things. Yes? No?
Do you think this will work? What should I change? Feel free to tear into my method.