I am planning a major overhaul meaning, a large PWC
(15 gallons out of my 55 gal
. due to a small cyano
/brownw algae problem), cleaning of all components (powerheads, skimmer, HOB
filter, salt removal, etc.), moving and rearranging of live rock, removing the last of my CC (not much), and adding live sand (10 lbs....I already have about a 2" sand bed but I want to get ride of the crushed coral), also just a general cleaning of all glass on the inside.
My reasoning for a overhaul is: I don't really like tha aquascaping I currently have, we have some cyano
and are trying to get rid of it, this is the last of the CC I would have to remove (I have been doing it in stages) and when I do PWC
and I dust off my LR
it creates a "dusty" substance that settles in places my two powerheads dont reach; and it needs to go.
My question is: When doing a major overhaul like this do you QT all your inhabitants, move them to another tank/ bucket until you are done. I dont want t create extra stress for them if I do my rearrangni while they are in the tank, but is moving them to an alternate place just as stressfull?????
I would be able to provide them with a powerhead, heater, air stone and hiding places while we are redecorating....but I don't want to stress them out more than I have to. So......move or not??? Considering the work I would like to do, I figured I would just net em' all and move em'. But I wanted to check first.
My inhabitants are as follows:
1 yellow watchman goby
1 scissor tail goby
1 red fire fish
1 coral banded shrimp
1 tuxedo urchin
1 spiny black urchin
1 flame scallop
several snails (maybe 7-10)
5 hermits ( red legged, and blue/black legged striped)
3 feahter dusters
60 lbs of LR
(will have to check that #)
2" at least sand bed
So is it worth moving all my fish? Do I move the fish and not the inverts??? Do I move them to buckets, large trash cans, my 10 gallon QT, or buy a new container....? How should I go about this?
Any help/advise is greatly appreciated.