things sometimes slip down the list before they get answered. Bumping it back to the top like this helps refresh it
switching tanks can be tricky. Everything in the tank can be moved without too much trouble with the exception of the substrate. You are going from one tank to another which certainly will make this a little bit easier. Start off by getting yourself a few rubbermaid tubs. Enough to hold all the water and rock from your tank. depending on whats in the tank you may want one for rocks one for corals/anenmoes etc. some corals/anenomes will attack each other if placed too close, keep that in mind.
you should have a QT tank so get that set up with water from the tank. Net your fish and place them in there.
fill your rubbermaid tubs with water from the tank and pull out your corals/anenmoes. Then pull out your LR
into a seperate container (you dont want to crush your critters with the LR
now is where it gets tricky and I hope others make some suggestions on this step as well.
try and drain as much of the water from the tank into the tubs as possible. Start scooping out the substrate from your old tank and move it to your new tank. Place your LR
in the tank. use either a plate or bowl and set it on top of the substrate in the new tank once it is all in the new tank. Start returning your water to the tank by pouring it slowly onto the plate. then return your corals/anenomes and lastly your fish. Consider leaving 5 gallons or so of water in the tubs and replacing it with fresh salt water (as a water change)
my only concern is how much damage this would do to your DSB
. Anyone have any thoughts on that?