My gramma just passed away and I am taking her big tank. I know nothing about fish keeping but Im trying to learn. I will be moving the tank to my house in the coming weeks but the more I read the more conflicting info I get on how to properly move the fish. Some people say I should save as much water as possible, others say don't. The tank has been very neglected. I think my gramps over feeds them because there is so much brown junk settled all over the floor, rocks, plants etc. The tank is a mess. I bought a gravel vacuum and have been siphoning the crap out of the gravel and trying to do 30% water changes once a week or so, as well as cleaning the filters weekly. Anyways, I'm overwhelmed and I have few questions regarding the move.....
1. How many convicts is too many convicts in a 75 gallon tank? There is probably 20+ in there all different sizes ranging from 1cm-6 inches, as well as one large Green Terror, med size Jack Dempsey and 2 new small plecos.
2. Can I put all the fish together in a tote or two to move them? Or do I have to bag them individually?
3. Can I clean all the decorations/gravel and re-set up the tank clean and new? Or should I move it all dirty and gunky to save the bacteria etc.
4. Do I have to save as much water as possible? Or can I put them in fresh dechlorinated water?
Another thing I should mention is that there are 5 pairs of breeding convicts right now, all with fry.... Im a little worried about the move... I expect the fry will not survive but i worry the parents will go ballistic when I move them.