04-21-2011, 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by onlinediamond
We currently have a 55 gallon fish tank in our living room. I found a sweet deal on a 110 gallon tank and couldn't pass it up. Here is my problem. The only place in our living room to put the 110 gallon tank is the same place the 55 gallon tank is at. So, how do you recommend switching the tanks? I thought about getting several 5 gallon buckets and draining the 55 gal into those, putting the current fish in them as well. moving that tank to our dining room and putting that water back in with the fist. Is this safe for them or can you suggest another method?
The way you are suggesting to do it is almost what I would do...here's the difference...
Fill a few buckets with tank water... 1 for the fish, 1 for the decor & heater, 1 for the gravel (if sand I'd leave it if you can), and keep everything wet to keep the beneficial bateria alive (including the inside of the filter. Throw all the extra tank water out.
Move the tank, put back in the still wet substrate, fill tank a bit with fresh clean dechlorinated water, put back in the decor, fill the rest of the way, start the filter, put the fish back in. This way your bacteria shouldnt be killed off and there wont be a mini-cycle. Since bacteria doesnt live in the water, it will just be like a nice healthy big water change.