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Old 06-01-2011, 05:14 PM   #1
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Switching tanks, same size-how to do it?

I recently bought a tank off craigslist, cycled it, and added fish. Now that i've looked around at other peoples tanks I notice that the glass on my tank isn't very good, there are scratches and the sides almost look milky as you look through them. I want to switch to a brand new tank but use everything that is currently in my tank, what do I need to do? Can I just get the new tank (make sure it's clean) add everything from my old tank (sand/rocks/filters etc.) and immediately put my fish in there? I was thinking I would use a rubbermaid tub and add a heater and airstone for my fish while I'm doing the switch. Any suggestions? I'm mainly concerned about starting a mini cycle and don't want to put my fish through that but I have nowhere else for them to go while I do this.

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As long as you keep the same substrate and filter (pads) wet, the bacteria should survive and it should just be a quick transfer. I'm assuming the tank is the same size?

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Your plan sounds good, even if by any chance there is a mini-cycle it won't last more than a couple of days. I've done this quite a few times with seeing any spikes in ammonia or nitrites after the switch. Just keep your media wet during the switch and you'll be fine.
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