This is a pretty big one. I need to move my 2 Year Established (and Cranking!) 36" x 18" 65 Gallon Reef tank. Instead of moving it, I want to upgrade to a 48" x 24" 120 Gallon tank.
My plan is to do water changes directly into the 120 until its filled about halfway---then on "The Big Move Day" put the rest of the water from the old tank in.
#1) Is it enough to just put a couple of rocks and sand from the old tank into the new one and run a power head + heater to keep the parameters right and the pods
alive while I`m gradually filling the new tank?
#2) If I get a bunch of totally dead rock to be my base rock for the new tank, wont it gradually become bacteria-filled filtering live rock that will enable me to support a larger bioload at some point?
#3) How long does it usually take for dead rock to get "activated" like that?
(I`d like to do it this way because it will save me the big bucks (not to mention the environment) by not having to add more live rock.)
#4) I`ll be putting all the animals in 7 Gallon containers during the move. Does everything need airstones in the containers---Corals, inverts + Fish?
#5) It feels like I should move as much non-animal life as possible into the
new tank first. How long should I let the tank settle before I start putting the corals and fish back in the tank?
#6) The new tank is the same height as the old one. I`m simply moving a successful biofilter/eco-system into more water. I dont have to upgrade lights and skimmers until I increase the bioload, right? (Ive got plenty of powerheads laying around for circulation).
Thanks for any input and insight. Maybe theres a link for info on this subject?
Like I said , this is "a Big one" and I`m concerned about it. Sorry about still being naive about a lot of this stuff.