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Old 04-25-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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Transfer from 75 to 210

Hello everyone, need a little advice. I have a 75 gallon reef tank with many different corals and about 10 fish (Juvenile Emperor, Juvenile Blue Angel, Coral Beauty Dwarf Angel, Bi Color Dwarf Angel, Yellow Tang, Firefish Goby, Engineer Goby, Dottyback, and a couple Clowns). Took me many years to master this hobby and the many countless hours educating myself on how to run a successful reef tank. Tank has been running for over 2 years and all levels are near perfect however I do realize that while I like to prove experts wrong about what type of fish/corals you can have in a tank and how big of a aquarium you must consider, I have always proved my skeptics wrong. I believe my time/luck is running out considering my Juvenile Emperor & Blue angel have doubled their size and eat alot! I have since purchased a 210 Aquarium and my question is exactly what would be the process to transfer all livestock, live rock to this 210? How much of the main tank water should I put in the 210? Should I get all new live sand for 210 and maybe a few cups of the old stuff in 75? Thanks in advance to anyone who may be able to give some advice on this transfer from a 75 to 210 Aquarium.

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Old 04-25-2013, 08:16 PM   #2
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I'd personally buy all new sand and you will most likely want more rock. I'd seed it with some live rock and a few cups of old sand and let it cycle before transferring your livestock and rock over but that's just me I'm sure others will have diff suggestions
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:19 PM   #3
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I put the live rock in 1st then new rinsed sand by this point the tank is about 2/3rds full of new water, i then top off with the old water, then transfer the fish slowly maybe over a week or more testing every 3 days watching for any spikes
(You can seed the new sand bed with a cupple cups of the old sand) The skimmer is the last thing to be moved over.
Now having said that i have broken down on old tank and moved every thing in one day It's a lot of work but it can be done.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for the speedy response

Per your suggestions I will defintely get all new live sand and maybe a few big cups from my main tank. I have about 130 IBS of live rock in my main tank. I agree I will want more. I was hoping to use just about all my equipment from 75 too. I operate 2 skimmers (Aqua C Remora Pro & Coralife Superskimmer 65). Also have 5 Wavemaker/powerheads for water/oxygen current. Have a HOB refugium which works well now. (I'll upgrade my refugium for sure). My question is can I still use these skimmers on my 210? I have 2 300 Watt heaters also that are active in my 75. Last question is how long should I let my 210 cycle until I can safely put my "Very Expensive" fish in their new home?

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Let it cycle till all your parameters are stable
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:49 AM   #6
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The skimmers will work as long as you keep the same bio load You should not have any cycle. In effect all your doing is a massive water change.
You'll need to keep on eye on the old tank (parameters) because you'll be removing most of the bio filter when you pull the live rock, that's why i move the skimmer last.
You can use new water to fill the 210 just be sure to drip acc the fish so they can adjust to the new parameters.
You can save a few bucks buy keeping a few cups of the old sand to reseed, then rinse the old sand until the water runs clean and add it to the 210 If you do this get the fish and inverts moved over first.
The heaters and wave makers will be fine. And that 75 would make a nice sump/fuge
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I just moved a 125 gal I bought off Craig's list. Took twice as long as I predicted. Buckets and buckets of rocks and sand!! If you want to use all the same equipment, I would do it all in one day, if you got a QT to put the fish in, or you could bag them for a couple hours. A friend or two to help you would be ideal. Even if they don't know anything about aquariums a "grab that bucket or hold this syphon tube" goes a long way. Good luck, give us some pics when that monster is up and running.
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Many different corals with all those angels ??? I had to sell my emperor because he loved my corals lol ! Any way I recently switched to a larger system and also underestimated the task at hand ! The new tank had to sit in the same place as the old one took me all day ! To keep it simple I took a spare 4ft tank from the shed and put it on the floor leaving room to slide the old system out of the way and placed the new system in front of the old one ready to slide into place . Then syphoned water from old tank into spare tank next I put my wave maker and heaters into the spare tank and moved all corals there to ! Next the live rock then more water into the tank and many buckets and with just a few inches of water left in the old tank I netted the livestock and put them into the spare tank as well ! Next I drained the contents of my sump into yet more buckets and slid the old tank to the side and the new tank into place ! I used new substrate and seeded it with a couple of cups out of the old tank ! Then filled the new tank about half way with all the buckets and back in with the rock then corals then fish and made up the difference with freshly mixed water ! All equipment back in and switched back on and the job was a good en ! I only had a mini cycle and only lost a torch coral ! Not an easy job but if you put a plan in place it should be ok ! And get ready for the mess towels and mops at hand ! Good luck !!!
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Thank you for all the response's!

You have given me plenty to make my plan of attack. The 210 aquarium I bought was off Craigs list and tank was in fantastic shape! Just needed a little cleaning. My god did the light fixture for this tank cost me an arm, leg, and maybe finger or too, lol.. I think from all suggestions I will do one thing for sure, take my time with cycling tank. Even though I believe if I do this right I don't think there will be much of a cycle however I might wait a few weeks before acclimating fish/corals, etc. I think I will put in maybe 50 IBS of live rock from main tank into 210 and about 200 IBS of live sand along witha few cups of my old sand to seed. I will put 1 of 2 heaters in tank and maybe a couple of powerheads and let tank run 2 weeks. My main tank should be fine because it will still have 80 IBS of live rock, a heater, and 3 powerheads for circulation. Good point on checking levels on main tank when I take out some live rock, powerheads, etc.. As for Angels & Corals, well.. lets just say not all of my corals survived when I first got Juvi's however the one's that did must not be that tasty to them because they are pretty happy per their color/extentions.. Thanks again, I will post pics when I'm done.. Thats right, how do I download any pics on this site? I see the Add Video however it won't let me do anything?

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I use photobucket you can then post a link from there very easy to do
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