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Old 08-31-2012, 04:57 PM   #1
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Ok so I just bought a biocube 29g and I found a killer deal on CL for live sand, rock and fish. The lady wants me to go pick everything up tonight!! If I bring enough water from her tank use her sand and rock will the fish be ok being added immediately?
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:51 PM   #2
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You might get a small cycle. I did about the same method for my tank (but with dead sand) and it had a mini cycle that lasted about 8 days with an ammonia spike of 2.5. The fish and corals that I had did fine for that time.

Your media and filters will have to build their beneficial bacteria up, but I say go for it.
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Sounds good.
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:26 PM   #4
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You might get a small cycle. I did about the same method for my tank (but with dead sand) and it had a mini cycle that lasted about 8 days with an ammonia spike of 2.5. The fish and corals that I had did fine for that time.

Your media and filters will have to build their beneficial bacteria up, but I say go for it.
He may not have a spike at all. You said you used dead sand? Was it live at one point, or just never used? If it was live at one point, and got removed from the tank, it would have a lot of die off. If then you used this sand without rinsing it very well, all that die off will cause the spike. If the OP keeps the sand under some water, and transfers everything he should be ok, just try not to stir the water up a lot. But IMO he will be good...
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I did the same thing but with new water, new sand, 60 pounds of LR from thier tank, about 5 pounds of their sand and some filter media from a friends tank. I hardly had a cycle at all.


I also added "smart start" it's like bio spira. Seemed to work well.
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Ok so the lady is giving me 50lbs of live sand 50lbs of rock. Pair of clowns, 2 gobies, starfish, CUC. UV sterilizer, power heads. Food. Chemicals. For 100$ man what a deal!
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She's also giving me 5 gallon buckets to take as much water as I can!
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Ok so the lady is giving me 50lbs of live sand 50lbs of rock. Pair of clowns, 2 gobies, starfish, CUC. UV sterilizer, power heads. Food. Chemicals. For 100$ man what a deal!
I would just try to move the tank with the sand and some water still in it, put the rock in a bucket with water... When you get home, put the rock in, and fill er up. Let the filter run for a couple hours should be good to put the fish in...
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I would just try to move the tank with the sand and some water still in it, put the rock in a bucket with water... When you get home, put the rock in, and fill er up. Let the filter run for a couple hours should be good to put the fish in...
Thanks will do!
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Wait your getting the tank from her too or just the stuff? Might be worth it to do 50% old water 50% new... Most of the bacteria you need is not in the water. I wouldn't recommend moving a tank with much weight in it. The stress may cause it to leak.

If you can try to get some of her filter media to put in your filter.

Also try to keep everything submerged in buckets or ice chests while moving it.

P.s. that's a awesome deal! Congrats.
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