I am interested in performing a point-to-point transfer of all items in fully cycled (running for 1+ year) 5.5 gallon tank to a 20 gallon long tank and I have not read anywhere if this is possible.
The plan is to transfer as much old equipment to the new tank as possible to reduce the need to cycle the new tank. As I understand, there is beneficial bacteria in the prefilter sponge on the HOB
that I have now, as well as in the filter medium. I'll move over the melon sized portion of Java moss, and all the Marimo balls. I'll move the heater over as well. As for the substrate, I'll probably upgrade from black sand to Eco complete.
Is such a plan possible? I cannot wait to cycle the larger tank because I am transferring the heater and the filter to the larger tank, and then I will retire the small tank.
Lesser Details: I have a 5.5 gallon TopFin kit originally just for a male HMPK betta, but over time I added some red cherries and then some beautiful blue velvet shrimp. Unfortunately the betta developed a taste for shrimp and even started viciously diving into the canteloupe sized java moss portion to get at them. I currently have the betta in one of those mesh breeder traps until I have a more permanent solution.
I have a plan, but I am a relative novice to fish keeping, so I am seeking advice to help me to avoid mistakes.
I want to upgrade to a 20 gallon long and divide the tank into a 5 gallon section for the betta and a 15 gallon section for the shrimp with an aquarium divider. Betta side will have the same HOB
filter and I will introduce a new double sponge filter / air pump on the shrimp side to keep both sides well filtered. I'd then lose the 5.5 gallon tank.
Anyways, please advise! Thank you!