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post #1 of 6 Old 04-17-2008, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Moving to a bigger tank

I currently have a 20g stocked with

3x small angels
1x gold ram
2x glowlight danios
3x ottos
8x black neon tetras

Within the next two weeks or so I plan on moving them up to a 29g but I have some questions:

Will I have room to add some more glowlight danios when and if I find them?

will a 65 watt lighting fixture be good for a moderately planted tank?

what is the best way to catch the smaller/ faster fish?
when moving things around in the 20g about a week ago I couldn't catch any of the tetras or danios so I tried to be as gentle as possible when moving rocks so not to stress them too much

I am going to hopefully be moving the filter media to reduce the cycle time but the new filter on the 29g is a bio-wheel. what is the best way to transfer media?
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-18-2008, 05:08 AM
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You're way past your limits with the three angels in the mix. Unless you can get a much bigger tank then I'd say you should start looking for someone to take them. They will get much bigger...

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post #3 of 6 Old 04-18-2008, 06:04 AM
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Flashygrrl is correct your 29 gal . will be at capacity due to adult size of Angels. 65 watt should sustain minimal plant growth. Sword plants, java fern, and other low light plants. Not sure why you would want to catch fish during cleaning. that would probably be more stressful than leaving them in the tank. When moving them to new tank ,you could remove 50 to 60 percent of water before attempting to coral them . larger net also helps. You can place filter media from your 20 gal. in filter box of 29 gal. and you could also use one cup of gravel from 20 gal. , put it in the toe section of a pair of nylons and push this into the gravel of your new tank along with any decorations from 20 gal. this will also speed up cycling . You must perform daily tests Ammonia, nitrite when cycling in this way or you will not know for sure when tank has cycled. You will be looking for a ammonia spike, followed by nitrite spike. When both have spiked and then dropped your tank will have cycled . Be sure and perform 20 percent water changes anytime these two readings are above zero. I have cycled a tank in this way in as little as a week. You should still add your fish SLOWLY so as not to tax biological bed. P.S. you should still have three or four fish in the new tank while cycling in this way . Tiger barbs are inexpensive and hardy. Also make sure not to add materials from old tank to new one until fish are in it or biological bacteria will die (no ammonia) to feed on .
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-18-2008, 09:32 AM
The 29g would suffice as a grow out tank for the angels. I currently have 5 in a 29g that will be moved once they achieve some size. Those who criticize others that have growing fish, saying that one is overstocked, fail to realize that this is how the hobby grows. Most fishkeepers do not purchase adult fish, the fish are most often juveniles.
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-18-2008, 09:52 AM
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herefishy makes a valid point but not everyone can afford to move their fish to larger quarters. Many who fall into this category myself included, should always consider how large the fish can get and whether or not the fish or fishes will be comfortable or miserable. I keep two discus in a 55gal. They are my friends, could I get four in there? Yes. Would I no.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-18-2008, 10:13 AM
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Agreed. Unless there is some indication that the tank they are being moved to is just another grow out tank and they have something bigger for them, it can reasonably be assumed that there is no other tank and probably won't be (55g and 75g tanks aren't really something easily affordable in this day and age so impulse buying is out for most of us even with craigslist...or probably should be ).

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