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Old 04-14-2011, 05:01 PM   #1
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Swapping to a bigger tank

Hi guys...and ladies.

I have a 30g SW tank with Fish, crabs, snails, zooas, polyps, and a few soft corals. I just bought a 60g tank and i need to make the swap. What should one do with the old water, and sand. I know i will need to add more rock and sand, but do I just switch all my water and old sand over and add a new 25gl of premixed SW. I will be using my old filter and adding a new protien skimmer, so Im hoping to get this done quickly.

Will there be another required cycle time. God I hope not. Having both running isnt an option for me.

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Old 04-14-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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How long has the 30 been running? You'll need to use all new sand if your tank has been running for a while. When you stir up the sand, you'll release the nasty stuff and start a mini cycle.
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the tank has been up for about 8 months or so. Total sand swap is best?
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Can someone please refer me to an old thread or a forum that may cover some of my questions?

I really need some advice by this weekend Thanks.:-(
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I recently moved my 29g to a 55g. I left the old sand and started with new sand to avoid the stirring up of nitrates. I moved some of the water but not alot. It was like one big water change. I didn't see a mini cycle or anything.

good luck, hope that helped
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Yes that is the kind of thing I wanted to hear. Thanks for the info. About how much old water did you use?

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I only added a few gallons, maybe 6 tops.
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Do I need to go with the live sand in a bag or is about 40lbs of agronite fine. (its a bit cheaper)

thanks again for your input. Its appreciated
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I'd go for regular argranite the live sand in a bag is sketchy. LOL I bought it for my tank but can't vouch for it. I'd also go for as close to 60lbs as you can 40lbs might be a bit light
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If you have LR, the rock can seed the new sand.
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