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post #1 of 13 Old 01-17-2014, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
Upgrading, 20 high

Yaaaay!! I am planning to upgrade my 10 gallon fish tank to a 20 high!!! My fish will not be so crowded now haha. Anyway, I have few few questions I just want to double check here.
Is it bad to put a towel under a 20 gallon tank to catch drips and stuff? I want it there because the stand is metal and I worry about rusting although I haven't seen any rusting thus far. I have a towel under the 10g but I never considered the issue of it creating unevenness or pressure on the tank:/
I will not be adding anything new except for more plants. I am keeping the same filter media, sand, I'll even use the water that is already in the tank. Will I have another cycle anyway? I don't see why I would, but it's still a possibility, so I ask.
Anyone have any advice or tips for the transfer and the new tank? Thanks!!!
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-17-2014, 04:22 PM
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Frist off! CONGRATS!

The only tip i can think of is to take your time, there no point rushing it to get your fishies in there... I would use a tote/bucket(s) for your fishies to be in during the move and if any live plants, they could be added as well... Just put on the heater to the tote and if you can fit it, the filter would be great too! or if not, an airstone would do well for water movement if placed near the heater...

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Ok, thanks! That is a good idea:)
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post #4 of 13 Old 01-17-2014, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
O heeey, maybe you guys can give me some good ideas to start my new aquascape! Since I'm transferring everything I can totally start fresh with the look:):):)
Here is a picture if anyone has any cool ideas. My plants are
Lucky bamboo
Big cryptocoryne
Lots of baby crypts
Broadleaf java fern( left front corner)
Anubias nana
Anacharis
Lucky bamboo
And Marimo moss everywhere. It is mostly scattered but it will grow on the driftwood too:)
Any brilliant ideas? Haha
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post #5 of 13 Old 01-17-2014, 08:21 PM
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I wouldn't bother using the old water. Fill with fresh clean dechlorinated water. You shouldn't see much of a mini cycle but check your parameters daily for the next week or so after setting up and adding your fish just to be sure. When i upgraded from a 20 to 55 gallon i moved my decor, filter and plants but added new substrate and filled the tank with new water anddidn't have any problem. Just to be safe test your existing tanks ph, gh/kh and then test your tap water to be sure there's no huge difference.

As far as the aquascaping, it looks a little heavy on the left side I think mainly because of the filter. So I would move that piece of driftwood over to the right just to balance it out visually. Just a suggestion.
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Also wanted to add...don't clean your filter or substrate so the beneficial bacteria is preserved. Keep it wet in a bit of the old tanks water while setting up the new tank. Good luck and enjoy your new tank!
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post #7 of 13 Old 01-17-2014, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
Ok, thanks for the suggestion! I totally agree with the balance and the filter, but it's hard to plant right under the filter because of flow and lighting. I'll see what will work though. Thanks for the idea! I'm going to use the water from my tank, just because it's actually easier:) I don't add anything to declorinate the water, like a primer, I let it sit for 2 days to naturally declorinate and I'd rather not fill up 20 jugs of water haha xD
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post #8 of 13 Old 01-18-2014, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
Also, is it ok if I rinse the new extra sand I'm adding in vinegar water? It's non toxic but I don't want anything to go in the tank if it is harmful.
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post #9 of 13 Old 01-18-2014, 05:40 PM
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When setting up a new tank I just give it a rinse in water... Then drain it once the water runs off clear and then add it to the tank.
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-18-2014, 05:46 PM
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hi
i don't know what vinegar water would do..however i wouldn't bother,
clean fresh water will be ok.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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