Ok so here is the (long winded) story. About 2 months ago I found a nice 65 gallon tank on craigslist and couldn't resist. My current tank is only 4 months old and is a 30gallon and doing well. I recently moved and am planning on having my 65 gallon be my DT (in my new house) and eventually turning my 30g (10 min away still in my old house) into a QT tank.
About a 1.5 months ago I put some base rock and live rock together in some bins and have had them running for over a month. I have now set up my new tank 10 days ago using 80lbs of aragonite sand with about 16 ounces of sand from my existing tank. I now have the live rock and (hopefully live by now) base rock in the tank that sat in SW
for over a month. The water was a mixture of water from my exisiting tank (i just sped up my water changes a tad bit and used some of it in my new tank) and ro
water and a tad water from my new well (had it tested and with its 5 micron filter showns 0.5ppm on TDS
, no ammonia/nitrite/nitrate but still a little elevated phosphate).
65g tank has currently two Koralia evolution 750s, Eheim 650 return to 20 gallon sump, corner overflow and a simple HOB
filter I have running for now. I will be moving my Aqua C Remora skimmer to the sump when I move my livestock over (and eventually upgrading my skimmer when i set up my QT). I have a 300 W heater as well. Lights are a 6 39W T5 with 3 actinic and 3 10K and 8 LED
I have tested my water today after it has been running now for about 10 days in the tank, my numbers are as follows:
ph 8.0 (taken during the day with lights on for ~10 hours), ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 0, phosphate 0.25. Temp 79. Salinity 1.026 with refractometer.
Currently there are some cuc, shrooms
, zoas are in there on the LR
and doing well. Do you guys think it would be safe to go ahead and transfer over my livestock from my 30g? I need to move my 30g from the old house and just feel it would be better to move the livestock once if possible.
Current livestock in that is: Yellow watchman goby, Coral beauty, Maroon Clown, Coral Banded shrimp, cleaner shrimp, various CUC, some zoas/shrooms
/Kena tree/frogspawn coral.
My plan was to take quite abit of the water from my 30g and do about a 25% water change in my 65g using the water from my 30g when I move the livestock/remaining live rock over.
So after reading all this, what do you guys think of the plan?