08-26-2007, 08:11 PM
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Well, I'm not a pro so I'm hoping some more people will chime in here. As far as transfering the fish, I would put them in a bucket with just enough original tank water for them to swim around, and then use the drip method to slowly introduce water from the new tank. Once the ratio is 50/50 or even a little higher, you can net and transfer the fish to the new tank.
If you want to move substrate, too then you should move the fish to a large butcket with the original tank water, try to setup your filter on that bucket during the interim. Then scoop and transfer the water/gravel from the old tank to the new. I would use a small bucket or similar to do this, not a net - that way you get the gunk witch is actually good for the time being.
As some extra info, when we moved into our house about 5 months ago, we had to move our 90gal tank with our new discus. What a pain! We weren't able to get the tank into the house until the following day so we have the fish in buckets, etc all night - we just setup filters on the buckets and airstones to keep the water moving. Everyone made it out find so it seems to be an OK method.