I took the plunge and have acquired a 125 to replace my 55. I seem to have out grown it. My problem is I need to set up the new tank in the same place the curent tank sits. I am not using the 55, I have a 30 to use as a sump. Here's my tentative plan, please let me know if you see fatal flaws or have a better idea.
Fill 4 plastic tubs from tank(about half way). Remove all live rock that does not have attached coral and place in a couple containers. Place remaining LR
with coral attached and other corals into the other two tubs.
Fill spare 10 gl with water, use hob
filter from 55 and add livestock for 1 small yellow tang, 2small clowns a couple small Turbo snals and a coral banded shrimp.
Fill 1/2 another container for large haddens carpet anemone. (Could be tricky) with small air pump
Move the tank
Assemble new tank, add new sand, add all the water from the 2 tubs with LR
Add remaining water Rod I. I'll fill all the containers I can in advance and fill directly from my Rod I unit. Add salt and heat water. This could take all day. Add live rock. Hopefully water will test OK.
Add anemone, add inverts, add corals, add fish, pray.
Plan to preheat and salt as much water as possible. Also plan to work straight through. I hope to use as much water from 55 as possible. I fully expect this to be a long painful process, but it will be worth it.
I am open to any thoughts or ideas from those more experienced. I a not afraid to admit that I'm a bit scared of this process. Thanks