Hoping for some advice.
I've had a 35L SW
) for 2-3 years now, and I've just purchased a new tank to use (the old one was always meant as a temporary solution until we got a nicer/newer tank).
The new tank is still 35L, and has a filter and lights built in, so is a nice simple setup. I'm just wondering if the following plan is okay for the switchover:
1. The new tank comes with quite a lot of ceramic media with its filter. I'm planning on putting this in my current tank for 3 weeks, to seed with bacteria.
2. I'll set the new tank running (new SW
, mechanical filter on), and will purchase some new cured live rock (better suited in shape to the new tank). I'll keep this in the tank for a week to make sure there's no die-off/ammonia spikes etc. I'll also put a small amount of fish food in once a day to keep the bacteria going on the rock.
3. If the tank levels are still okay after 1 week, I'll then do a 25% waterchange in the new tank, and transfer from my old tank: my 3 fish (clownfish, magenta dottyback, yellow clown goby), the ceramic media which will have been in my old tank for 3 weeks, and one small piece of LR
from my old tank. Obviously I'll make sure the SG
/temp is the same in both tanks, and will acclimatise properly.
I'll then keep a close eye on parameters in the new tank for the first month, being ready to do a couple of waterchanges if the needs arise.
Using this plan, I'm hoping not to experience a cycle/ammonia spike in the new tank, due to the cured live rock, and the ceramic media and 1 piece of old LR
that will have been seeded in my old tank.
Hope this plan is okay?