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Old 02-29-2012, 08:31 PM   #1
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getting 40g breeder tank today. going to switch from a 60g hex..

do I take the fish out of 60g put them in a bucket, drain water, transfer over substrate then fill and add fish?

also should I run my fluval 305 or 406 on the tank (adjust flow as needed)
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You should cycle the new tank first IMO. What is the gph on filters
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getting 40g breeder tank today. going to switch from a 60g hex..

do I take the fish out of 60g put them in a bucket, drain water, transfer over substrate then fill and add fish?

also should I run my fluval 305 or 406 on the tank (adjust flow as needed)
Save about 15 to 20% of the old water to add to the new tank as well.
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You should cycle the new tank first IMO. What is the gph on filters

If he is transferring EVERYTHING over to the new tank, he should be ok without cycling.
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getting 40g breeder tank today. going to switch from a 60g hex..

do I take the fish out of 60g put them in a bucket, drain water, transfer over substrate then fill and add fish?

also should I run my fluval 305 or 406 on the tank (adjust flow as needed)
Yes!
I did something slightly different though; I put the fish in tall bags from the LFS (I keep the bags when I buy fish) with their tank water and floated the bags in their tank, keeping them in the same temperature, meanwhile I syphoned the water into buckets until I was as ow as I could get while still keeping the bags partially in the water. I removed the substrate from one to the other. I moved as quickly as possible! Then I poured the tank water into the tank. Then I let the filter run (filter from the old tank) for just a bit to clear the water and had the heater running. Next I added the fish! Walla!
Make sure the tank light is off to eleviate stress Leave it off till the next day. It's hard, but it'll be a day behind you in the end

Edit: Vacuum your gravel some too before the move. Just so your not transfering too much deitris!
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If he is transferring EVERYTHING over to the new tank, he should be ok without cycling.
Not true? The bacteria needs to be established on the tank walls I thought. Maybe I'm wrong but I don't think it will just be automatically cycled
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Not true? The bacteria needs to be established on the tank walls I thought. Maybe I'm wrong but I don't think it will just be automatically cycled
most of the bb is in the filter, not so much the tank walls and water. to be sure though check your params every once in awhile for around two weeks. wc when needed.
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I have read that the bb is in the substrate, on any sponges, on porous decorations, in the filter floss and othe filter media and a slight bit in the water. But for the most part on anything close to good water flow.
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most of the bb is in the filter, not so much the tank walls and water. to be sure though check your params every once in awhile for around two weeks. wc when needed.
Hmm I feel like half the info I get from AA is controversial lol. Oh well good luck!!
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I have done this a few times now with my tanks and each time the tank was automatically cycled. And, since it was a larger tank from the original, I topped it off with fresh treated water as if I was doing a PWC. I also monitor the water condition for a few days just to be on the safe side. Always has been perfect

Oh! Forgot one thing! I squeeze the filter sponge in the water after adding it all to the newly set up tank...before adding the fish. This is why I let the filter run for a bit before adding the fish.
Be sure and move FAST so that the fish don't run out of oxygen! I have heard others place an airstone in the bucket.
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