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Old 07-29-2010, 12:59 AM   #11
 
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what i said about qt was based on experience tha last time i dint do the qt thing i ended with both fungus and itch and killed of 70% of the fish 0.0
but maybe you'll have better luck lol
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:15 AM   #12
 
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What size will the new tank be? And what size tanks are your current ones? How many and what type of fish do you have?

I would do what 1077 suggested except I would just move the whole filter over from your kitchen tank to the new tank (in addition to stuffing with the old filter floss, decor and old gravel in the toe of a stocking). You definitely should use the old biowheel(s) which contain the beneficial bacteria to help cycle your tank. If you use a new biowheel you'll lose all that good bacteria. Run your old biowheel filter along with your new filter for a few weeks until the new filter can build up its own colony of BB. Test your water daily to watch for any spikes and do water changes as needed. If it were me and depending how many fish you're moving over I think I would just move the fish from the kitchen tank over at first, wait a week or so (depending on water parameters), then move the fish from one of the smaller tanks, wait a week, then move the final fish over.

+one, Moving the filter to the new tank would work well if you are not going to have fish in the tank that you take the filter from. Seems I always have fishes in anything that can hold water, so I must leave some type of filtration in place unless I am moving all of the occupants.
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:16 AM   #13
 
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what i said about qt was based on experience tha last time i dint do the qt thing i ended with both fungus and itch and killed of 70% of the fish 0.0
but maybe you'll have better luck lol
All of Andyandsue's fish are fish she's been keeping for quite awhile. They are healthy and safe.
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:43 AM   #14
 
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All of Andyandsue's fish are fish she's been keeping for quite awhile. They are healthy and safe.
i thought mine were too =( but i'm not very good at treating sickness i guess
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:24 PM   #15
 
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I moved them yesterday and today. I used the filter media from my largest tank, gently rinsed decorations from 2 larger tanks, I'm floating the biowheel in hose, used a portion of the gravel as well as new gravel. I spoke with a guy that I trust at a local aquarium store and he mentioned using a good amount of the water from the largest tank to help keep parameters stable, which we also did- all in very careful steps, and so far so good. No ammonia, etc. I'm sure the biowheel is helping since it has 3+ years of gunk on it.

I don't think this was too stressful on the fish, or as low stress as possible anyway. We really did this slowly in planned steps. We carefully checked each tanks parameters and got them to match in temp exactly, and the last thing we did was remove the fish, and put them right into the new tank.

Thank you all for your suggestions.
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:42 PM   #16
 
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I ended up having a mini-cycle, which I sort of expected, so I tested the water 2x daily. I did water changes each time I saw the nitrites spike. I also gave my biowheel a bit of a whirr in the water, and had the filter output run through it, and now it seems to be just fine and self-corrected. No losses and parameters are good.

Thanks again for the suggestions.
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:19 AM   #17
 
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congrats hun =)
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