Ok, so I'm upgrading from a 24L to a 60L. (That's upgrading Hayley...not starting a new tank...no you're NOT starting a new one!!)
I have 2 Glowlights, 2 Penguin Tetras and 4 Male Guppies.
The tank I'm having isn't brand new, its used and has been up in the 'in-laws' loft for aaaages. (So its having a good old scrub tomo)
Question 1:....what do I clean it with that will make it come up best but not contaminate it?
It comes with a filter but no filter media. Previous owner of the tank said not to use carbon (like whats in my current filter) but "green stuff" (I know....helpful right). Apparently carbon filters can remove nutrients which are needed by plants too, and as I want this tank to be planted I'm guessing I won't be using that. So
Question 2: What filter media can I use and what do you suggest would be best?
I'm planning to change to sand as my substrate for the tank so I cannot move the gravel into this new one. I appreciate that a large portion of the biofilter is down to the substrate so although I have many decorations and some mature filter media to chuck in, the tank is going to have to cycle again.
Question 3: How do I minimise the time it takes for this upgrade to cycle? and
Question 4: Do I need to add the fish a few at a time like I did when I first started up my old tank, from my old tank or can they all move at once?
I'd like to be able to move them as quickly as possible as my old tanks is on a bedside cabinet atm. (Nothing scarier than being nose to nose with a silhouette of a fish in the middle of the night before the rational side of the brain kicks in!
Question 5: Have I forgotten anything?! Lol!
Thanks ever so much in advance! Apologies for the essay. Just don't want to mess anything up!