In my living room I have two tanks my 29g Planted and a new to me 40g reef tank. When I setup the reef tank last week I placed it where I originally though I wanted it. Well the breeder tank being in the hallway sticks out more than my wife likes and she wants the 29g planted in the hallway as it's more "flush" to the wall and the 40g next to the couch. I told her we would move it "down the road" as I really didn't want to screw with trying to do a two tank switcheroo. Well, I am changing the sand in the reef tank this weekend so it's getting tore down anyways so figured this would be a good opportunity to make the swap.
I already have the plan for the 40g.
1) Remove about 5 gallons of water into an icechest with a powerhead and catch the 4 fish (I'm allotting the most time to that process, fast little buggers)
2) Remove the rest of the water into icechests and place the liverock/coral into them with powerheads to keep the water going
3) Move tank outside to remove old sand and clean
4) replace tank, put in sand, redo hardscape, fill, add fish, top off water, viola
Now my question is what are your recommendations to quickly
moving the planted 29g. I plan on moving the 29g over as soon as I get the 40g off the stand and completing that task before setting up the 40g. Here is what I'm thinking.
1) Remove a few gallons of water into my water change bucket and attempt to catch the fish
2) leave all the plants, substrate, wood, etc in the 29g but remove all the water down to about an inch above the substrate
3) with a helper lift tank off stand and set it down, move stand to new home, and place tank on stand.
4) carefully so as not to disrupt the sandbed/rooted plants fill the water back up then put the fish back in
Pro's of that plan are it "should" be pretty quick and painless. Con's are I risk the plants being out of the water for maybe 5 minutes during the move (longer for the taller ones) and risk disrupting the sand during the move (I'm literally only moving it 10ft)
The goal is to get the new Arogonite sand cleaned for the 40g reef tonight and tackle this project Saturday with a helper to move the 29g. I'm just worried about stressing the glass/seams on the 29g moving it with the sand, wood, and a couple inches of water. Also it has been stationary for 5 years now and I have spilled some water on the floor during water changes (who hasn't) so I'm kind of nervous the stand its self won't make the move intact.