01-03-2012, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by zof
Sounds pretty good, only thing I would add is to move everything all at once, gravel, livestock and old filter. This way your biological filter moves over with the ammonia source (the fish). Its a symbiotic relation ship and one really can't survive with out the other, if you move the gravel a day ahead of time then your beneficial bacteria will die off after a few hours without the ammonia source.
And still be prepared for a mini cycle, so test test test.
If you want to reduce the stress of fish, buy either a bottle of "easylife easy start" beneficial bacteria starter or seachem stability and dump about 1/2 the bottle inside the new tank as you are introducing fish, use your old tank's water in the new tank (make sure it's heated properly) and you shouldn't feel the cycle as much.
with the movement of gravel, etc you'll introduce things in the watercolumn that may be nasty, careful about that -- rinse the gravel in old tank water to reduce loss.
All I can really advise since you are on a time crunch.