Just to clarify on the substrate, since I may be moving soon as well...
Some are saying that keeping the old sand is bad because it will inevitably be stirred up, which means all of the die-off will cause an ammonia spike, etc.
Some are saying that keeping the old sand is OK, but rinse it out (I'm assuming using SW
) before putting it back in the tank.
Some are saying new sand should be bought, but since there really is no such thing as "live sand" (anything that says it is live sand really isn't), wouldn't adding dead sand (new sand) or "live sand" that has become dead cause the same ammonia spike that re-using the old sand would?
This kind of thing happened in a thread I made a while back about moving -- people ended up finding problems with every suggested method of moving the sand. I asked for clarification on what would be the best way to do it but nobody responded, I guess it's worth another shot here for my sake and for SAAVE's, if that still applies.
Is there a "correct" way to transport the substrate that won't result in an ammonia spike? Does it even matter? (By that I mean: even if there is an ammonia spike, will it be large enough that the bacteria in a cycled tank wouldn't be able to handle it within a couple of hours?)