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Old 04-24-2009, 06:55 PM   #1
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How to swap tanks

I plan on moving everything in my aquarium to my empty 20gal, but I don't know how to go about doing it. My main problem is that I'm putting the 20gal where the 10gal currently is. I plan on putting the water from the 10gal into the 20 so its as if I'm performing a 50% water change and I don't shock the fish.I don't currently have all the sand I need for the 20gal as my friend won't be stopping by until late Sunday afternoon to bring some more over for me. Can I set the tank up with the sand I have & add the rest later? I'm worried about the cloudyness that might pop up after I add the new sand.While transferring things over I was planning on putting my fish into a big tub with a filter running off the back. How long can they stay in there?Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:53 PM   #2
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You can set up the tank and add the extra sand later. It will be cloudy for a bit perhaps a day or so. You can just put the fish in a bucket with an airstone. You don't have to run the filter. They can stay in there for quite a while, if they are going to be in there more than a couple of hours, add a heater.
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:08 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice. And gorgeous bird in your pic, African Grey? I've got a little parakeet myself.
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Yes that is my baby Pepper, he's 29.
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:26 PM   #5
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He's adorable. my little girl Kadence will be a year soon. Someday I'd love to have one of the larger birds, but not until I know I've got the time to spend with it. And the money and space to properly raise one.
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:21 PM   #6
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I just did the same thing, I had a 10 gal and upgraded to a 29 gal. I put the 29 gal in the same place as the 10 gal was too.

I did what zagz suggested, just put them in with a heater. I suffered no losses, and now they seem much happier with the extra room. good luck.


I grew up with an african grey, my parents were bird breeders, and one kind of bird they bred was an african grey. One of them hatched the exact day I was born. He was a character, I love them, but they can get so agressive towards other people.
I recently saw one for sale at a pet shop that thought he was a dog, he barked at everyone that came in the store. The store carried puppies, so thats where he ggot the behaviour from, it was cute though.
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thanks for the advice, I've got the tank all set up & my fish are swimming around happily. I plan on getting more fake plants soon since its a bit bare right now.and that's so cute. I'd love to see an African Grey that barks like a dog.
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The african grey got "mad" and started barking at my bf when he told the bird it wasn't a dog, it was kinda funny
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Yes that is my baby Pepper, he's 29.
Holy cow 29 in human years? As opposed to I dont know dog years or bird years... you mean human years right? Wowzers
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Yes LOL human years. Grey's have a long life span. Pepper barks as well. Soon I will post some videos of him since this thread keeps getting off topic to the birds. LOL
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The african grey I had (named Fred) would ring like a telephone, and my mom would run to the phone thinking it was actually ringing, and then he would say "Hello? Hello?"

He would also curse at my mom's fiance, lol, I don't think Fred liked him...
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