04-20-2012, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by blwoodson
In a nutshell, what is the easiest way to upgrade an existing tank while keeping impact to specimens to a minimum?
here is what i was thinking:
- Transfer existing water and fish to a spare 20 gal tank with heater and airstones
- water to clean aquarium buckets
- setup new tank - transfer substrate to keep as much bio filtering as i can
- re-add water and fish
- treat and add the additional 15 gallons
I will have everything ready to work with before starting to minimize murphy's law
Does this sound like a decent plan?
Thank you in advance
To be honest with you I think the best way for you to do this is to Set up the new tank first before removing anything from the old tank.
Put the substrate in the new tank (honestly I can't believe I have 4 gravel tanks....I wish i had done them sand) You can take the substrate from the 40 or put new in. Using the entirety of the substrate from the 40 is not necessary, you only need a decent amount to seed and the filter will do that too. Put the water in. Put some old gravel from establish tank, ornaments, plants and all that good stuff. All of this will have bacteria. Take your filter and put it in the new tank.
If I were you I'd get entirely new substrate but that is just me and because I want sand so bad now lol. Always something to thing about when setting up new tanks.
Then if you have plants that will be best.
Once you have everything set up you can just put the fish in. That way you don't even have to take apart the 40 gallon! :)
Just another suggestion. Good luck! Jealous of your new tank. I wish I had a 55!
Last edited by Termato; 04-20-2012 at 09:09 AM..