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Old 11-12-2012, 05:54 AM   #1
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Upgrading my tank. Need help

Hey guys I'm upgrading from a 60gal to a new 75gal RR I have a couple of questions. First do I need to put all new sand in or can I use what is in my 60 now it's only been in there for 7 months also salt water use what's in the tank and make up some to fill the rest of the new tank or do I go 50/50
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:57 AM   #2
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Here's some pics of my 75gal RR build did the stand myself and put a sump and fuge below where I will have sea horses also

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Old 11-12-2012, 08:42 AM   #3
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A lot will say to rinse and reuse, but for the cost of sand I have always stated with new with a cup or 2 to seed. As far as reusing the water, it doesn't carry any beneficial bacteria. But it may carry other things you dont want. I always start new on an upgrade. Dont forget to cycle.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:07 AM   #4
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What do u mean cycle I have to wait 4 weeks and cycle all over again.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:14 AM   #5
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it may not take 4 weeks, assuming you are reusing the old LR. You most likly will have a mini cycle. You are going to stir up a lot of crud when you put in the established LR. My last upgrade took less than a week. Depends on how much old LR you are going to use. Also if you are adding more LR, now is the time to do it.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:23 AM   #6
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Just adding some base rock with my other live rock is it gonna be ok to put my fish and nems in
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:31 AM   #7
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You will have a small cycle, the nem will not tolerate a cycle at all. Best to wait and see if you are going to get a small cycle. When I did my last 2 upgrades I got a small kiddy pool and put everything in it, the 3 nems that were attached to LR, I just put the LR and them in together. Then move everything over and test for 4 or 5 days. Throw in a small air pump and a power head or two. I buried mine under some LR so if the nem went wondering he wouldn't get sucked into it. Then add stuff back slowly over a couple of days. 2 upgrades and I never lost anything.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:43 AM   #8
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Cool thanks for the help what about temporary lighting do I need it
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:43 AM   #9
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Here's some pics everything is doing well chem is good.

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