I just moved my 40g 2 weeks ago, but I'm sure your experience will be a lot better than mine! I'll tell you what I would do for your size tank. If I catch something that you don't have, I'll try to help you out with it. Make sure you read it a few times until you get the hang of it. Here goes:
Items needed: 100 watt heater (would be best just in case it gets too cold out, you won't have to worry about it getting too cold in the tank. If you have a 50 watt already, you could get away with it.)
What kind of filter do you have? I would recommend something equivalent to a penguin bio-wheel 200 (100gph). (It probably has a higher gph
than the filter that you have now, and would help with filtration)
-- If you don't have LR
you should get about 10-20 lbs of it to help with your filtration and to prevent another nitrogen cycle, especially if you're transferring your tank. (See if you can get "pre-cured" from your LFS
If you have LS
, make sure you have 10-30 lbs of it. If not, use the substrate that you already have, but make sure you have 10-30 lbs of whatever you have.
5 more gallons of salt-water
A net or a cup to catch the fish
A cup to transfer your sand (if you have it already)
A tall 1 gallon(or close to 1 gallon) container for your fish
New canopy to fit the top of it
1.) Add 5 gallons of the new saltwater to the 10g.
2.) Add the heater so that the water can begin to heat.
3.) Add your filter.
4.) Add/Transfer your LS
(or whatever substrate you have) with a
plastic cup and/or Add/Transfer LR
5.) With your airline or siphon, add about 3 gallons of water from
your 5.5g to your 10g. (or you could use a plastic cup)
6.) Fill the container 1/4 to 1/3 full with your 5.5g water.
7.) Add your fish and your hermit crab to the container.
7.) Add the rest of the water from your 5.5g to your 10g
to finish off the water transfer.
8.) Acclimate your fish with water from the 10g. (Use the airline tubing
to drip acclimate your 10g water into the small container)
9.) After the container is full, place it in the tank and let the fish and
crab swim out and let out the rest of the water in that 10g tank.
8.) Add your canopy and your light.
9.) Clean the floor. =)
You shouldn't lose any fish this way, the tank shouldn't go through another cycle since you are using the water from your old tank and/or your LR
. You can keep your 5.5g for a QT
, which is what I would do, and set it up the way it was, but without LR
. (Just incase you might use some medications in the future and you don't want to kill your LR
Hope this helps you out a little. Let me know if I forgot anything at all! Good luck!!