Got the shrimp moved, man that is one fast bugger, they jump too LOL. Firefish no where to be seen, only a few small rocks left, water is murky again so couldn't see him if I tried.
I have a red mushroom that grew out out of one of the rocks also, he's been in the back of the tank awhile now, was moving himself down the back. Soon as it clears up some again, I'm gonna scoop him out.
What I did with everyone...
Elegance---got a bowl deep enough for him to expand in, put the bowl under the water and scooted him in, put sand in, moved bowl. Should've put sand in first lol.
Favia - got another bowl, submersed the bowel to him and set him in the bowl while under water, then moved the bowl, a hermit came for the ride
Coco - got bigger bowl and put him in and moved bowl, in 55 I put him in the rocks so he wouldn't fall. I think I hit air with him a little though, hope it doesn't hurt him.
Fish - Glass bowl submersed, netted-guided to bowl, lifted bowl out, covered with hand, moved bowl and submersed, tilting bowl so he could swim out. Did this for both fish, now if I can find my Purple Firefish, that is what I will do with him.
Now the shrimp is a different story, I couldn't keep his little butt in the net so when I got him in the net, I swung the net out and over to the other tank. Hopefully I didn't shock the lil guy but dang I couldn't keep him in net long enough to get him into bowl. He got out of net and closest hiding spot was elegance, so he's hovering near it's shell.
Sorry so long, but what a dramatic night/morning catching these guys. Soon as it clears up again, I'm gonna start moving sand into a container and scarf up any inverts left behind. Hopefully I'll see my firefish. He was doing great before I started this, once I started I haven't seen him since. I hope I didn't drop a rock on his head because a few did slip out of my hands. I checked around each rock before I moved so I could see if there were any joy riders and get it into the other tank without any dropping off to the carpet. So far nothing hit the floor except some water.
I do have 1 suggestion----when moving power heads so you can put your rock down in the water......keep the dang thing UNDER the water. LOL, I accidently lifted it above water while putting a rock in it's place and yeah well, my cable box, tv stand got a salt water bath as well as myself.
Whew, this is a long one. But hey, I wanted to share my "process" and had to tell someone so who better than my AA buddies
, Though I still have a little yet to do, I gotta admit....as long as none of my livestock dies, I had a blast. LOL Even got sidetracked a few times with my magnifying glass looking into the nooks and crannies of the areas of rock that I could see before. Got alot and I mean ALOT of fan worms, some of them scare me though, they are so small that I can't get a pic but I don't want it to be aiptasia. I have one rock that I'm taking out last that has 3 red bubles on it that look exactly like the red bubble algae, so I'll put it in a bowl and tweezer it off. I thought I saw one or two green ones too but can't find them now.
Oh and I can now get to the emerald crab that hasn't moved in a week and give him a burial at sea, and the fire shrimp I know I won't find because he was behind another rock that I couldn't get to and I watched him disappear over a few days. He was already dead back there, just couldn't get him out. Nature took it's course with him.
Ok ya'll I'm done. Go take 2 aspirin and I'll be back after I move the rest. LOL