Just bought a 220 :) now a few questions about the transfer.
first, i wasn't 100% sure which forum to put this in so mods please feel free to move it if it needs to be moved.
I just bought a 220 from a friend of mine. he has had it for two years and has about 100-150lbs live rock & 200lbs live sand. I'm going to pick everything up on sunday. but the problem is i don't like the color of the stand so I'm going to stain/modify it (so i'm sure that'll take a couple weeks).
I have a few questions about how to do the transfer.
So here's the current plan, please let me know if i should do this differently. pick up the tank, ditch the sand, put everthing in my garage and keep the live rock in circulating water for the week or two (or three) it takes me to do the stand.
when the stand is done here's how i plan to do the transfer. (please let me know if any of this is a bad idea)
1) First, I was going to take out the fish, critters, rock, coral and put them in clean buckets & tubs. pump out all the water into trash cans in my living room (of course clean ones).
2) break down the current tank and set up the new one.
3) then put in my 100-150lbs live rock plus the 100-150lbs from his tank (that was circulating the garage).
4) add sand. I was going to try to keep some of my sand (from the top) but add some new live sand as well. is keeping any of my sand a bad idea? (it's 2 years old)
5) add my water plus enough new water to fill the tank
6) turn everything on
7) acclimate the fish & critters & coral, then add them
Now, a question....will my critters survive? I currently have a 125 with a wet/dry and bioballs and the new tank has a filter sock and refugium sump. will the change from bioballs to refugium hurt them?
Some of the stuff included with the tank:
Oceanic 220 glass tank & stand
Aqua C 400 protein skimmer with MAG 24 pump & waste overflows
4 96Watt PCs
3 250Watt HQI halides with electronic ballasts
1/15 hp dolphin return pump
¼ hp JBJ Artica chiller