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Old 09-09-2015, 03:15 PM   #1
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Upgrading Aquarium

Hi Everyone!

I'm very excited that I have the opportunity to upgrade my aquarium! I currently have a 30 gallon aquarium with two fish, 30lbs sand, 30lbs live rock, and several pieces of coral. All has been functioning very well and has a great system going. I have 2 filters running.

My friend has a 60 gallon system that he has had stored for a little under a year, he gave me everything because he needed space. The system is a 60 gal tank, canister filter, protein skimmer, and 50lbs of "once was live" rock that is now dried and been sitting out for almost a year.

Does anyone have any advice or past experience in upgrading a tank and curing live rock? What should my plan of action be? I know I need to cure the live rock before anything happens, should I do that separately or just put the new tank together and cycle it all as a new tank for a while and then when it's ready add in the the current tank items or should I use some of the rocks from the current tank to help cycle the new tank?

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Use rock from old tank. Most ppl buy new sand and seed with some of the old

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Old 09-09-2015, 05:14 PM   #3
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In a fresh tank, simply cycle everything at once in the tank itself. There is no need to seed anything, it isn't necessary. I never recommend using old sand since it usually comes with all the excess food and poop that will be a nitrate issue that can easily be avoided. Used rock isn't that hard to clean up, but it should always be given a good scrub. One of the biggest mistakes I ever did was not scrubbing the rock down I added to my 55. All kinds of mud and all other kinds of gunk that could have easily been removed and been less of an issue.
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Could you drill the 60 gallon tank and add the 30 as a sump? My biggest regret first time round was not "sumping" my first tank

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You could ask at your lfs. They might take your dried rock and straight swap for cured live rock

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