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Old 06-15-2009, 09:29 AM   #1
 
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Moving Help

Hello all,

I am moving to Florida a month from now.
I know how I am going to get my fish down there
and I know that I am going to have to set there tank up again.

After I set their tank up again don't I have to cycle it again?
If so how if I got all those fish?
I got about 16 fish and I was wondering if I could cycle it with all of them?

It is a fifty-five gallon.
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:41 AM   #2
 
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I'm pretty sure you will have to re-cycle the tank. You can cycle with the fish you have, luckily you have some hardier fish, nothing like rams etc...

If you do have to re-cycle some tips would be:

1. Keep the media from your filter you have now during the move, and keep it wet with the aquarium water. So get a tupper ware container, put your media in, some old aquarium water and seal it. This way when you set your tank up again, you can put this back into your filter to help speed the cycle process.

2. Also try the above step with some gravel, in the newly set up tank, place the gravel in a nylon sack, or pantyhose, and place it in the tank to get the same result.

3. Go pick up a bottle of Cycle. Will also help.

These are just ideas if your tank needs to be re-cycled, as I said, not sure but I think it will need to be.
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:47 AM   #3
 
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I moved 200 fish and three large aquaria and yes it can be done.

Don't wash/rinse the substrate; bag it (use those fish bags, double for extra strength) and as it is wet some of the bacteria will survive. Of course, it depends upon the length of time, they can't go long without oxygen which they obtain from the water passing over them.

When you set up the aquarium condition the water very well [don't skimp on the water conditioner]; if the ph is above 7 (as I believe someone said it is in Florida?) use an ammonia-detoxifying conditioner. [If the water is below 7, slightly acidic, the ammonia converts to ammonium which is harmless so this won't be a problem.] Dose the tank with "Cycle" or "Stress Zyme" which are biological supplements that immediately add the bacteria to start the nitrogen cycle and they significantly reduce stress on the fish.

Float the bags of fish in the water, slowly add water from the tank to the bags over a period of time to get the fish adjusted. Not only temp, but more importantly is the pH and hardness which may be different and if the pH is different by more than a few decimal points (say .2 to .6) this must be done slowly. When ready, net the fish out of the bags into the aquarium; do not pour the water in. With new fish from a store, this is to prevent releasing pathogens and whatever else into your tanks (even the quarantine). In your case, it is to keep the excess ammonia (and the bags will be full of it depending upon the length of time) out of your new tank to further assist the cycling and ease the stress on the fish.

I moved more than 200 fish this way, and did not lose one in the new tanks.

[By the time I posted this, I see Arkamaic has already covered some of it, so no intention of restating. B.]

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Old 06-16-2009, 09:21 AM   #4
 
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Thanks a lot

I will most definitely use your advice.
I can't wait to move and that’s a whole
Bunch of fish Byron but I know I
Can do it.

I have a question

My male Mickey Mouse Platy attack my female Hifin red Platy
what should I do? He is getting very aggressive and he does mate with my females
He ripped her hifin right in the middle, and it was beginning to heal again.
Should I remove him from my tank, and if I should what should I do with him?
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:43 AM   #5
 
i would abg the filtermedia and do a quick 1 week cycles by dunking it in the tank with a couple of fish. as for the male platy, i would put him into a refugium or seperate tank.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:08 PM   #6
 
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May I ask, What is a refugium?
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:30 PM   #7
 
its a tank within a tank that has a couple of holes on each side. It separates a fish from the rest of the tank without having to move the fish out of the tank so it can still utilize the heater and filter and such in the maintaink without endangering any tankmates. They are a little pricey: Aquarium Refugiums: In-Tank Refugium
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:51 PM   #8
 
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I like that refugium thing, But my friend is going to take the male off my hands for me.
Will my fish be ok with just all females in it.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:00 PM   #9
 
yes. I do not believe platys have a heirarchy when just females so it should be ok. But even if they did, adding another 1 or 2 will solve that problem. YOu should be good once the male is taken out
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:57 PM   #10
 
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thanks you been most helpful.

I think my platys just like to be bullies LOL.
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