New tank setup!
This is my first post but I have been reading on this site for a long time. I am about to start the process of upgrading my 20gallon nano to a 40 gallon. I am working on building the stand this weekend, and drilling the new tank. I have a few questions though.
I would like to use the current 20 gallon for a sump in my new setup. What is the best way for me to transfer everything in my nano to the new setup while still being able to have time to properly build my sump? I have an idea of how I am going to do it but I need a few tips.
Should I expect a cycle if I move everything from the twenty into the 40? I am hoping by simply getting the 40 ready, then moving the sand and live rock over that I won't get a spike. I will move as much water over as possible also.
Would it be a bad idea to purchase new sand for the 40, and put the sand from the 20 into the sump and use it for a deep sand bed in the sump?
Since I am building my own stand, is there anything in particular that you really wish your stand included? I am hoping to have as much concealed as possibly, including the lights, but at the same time I don't not want to have a bulky looking setup, any tips?
Finally and I probably should have asked this first but where is the best spot to drill the 40? I am thinking that I will go center of the back about 4 inches down but everybody seems to have different setups, I am curious as to what would be the ideal placement.
Thanks for reading this far and I look forward to everybody's tips along the way!