05-16-2013, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by killavixen
I got a 15 gallon tank now, Whats the process for moving everything from the 8 gallon to the new tank. Will it need to recycle?
The disruption might cause a small cycle. Your tank isn't overly established and some of that beneficial bacteria could die off in the move. There is also a good possiblity that if your work is hasty, that there will not be a cycle and everything goes fine.
I would move the equipment (Skimmer and Refugium) over to establish some beneficial bacteria in the new tank. I would then move the rock and sand. Keep the circulation pump in the current tank for gas exchange and test the new tank before you move the fish and livestock over. Once you know that you aren't going to mini-cycle (you should know by the end of the first day) and everything is testing the same as it was in the current tank, move over the fish and livestock.