Hello! I am a new fish hobbiest, and still learning the ropes. Currently I have a ten gallon tank, which is WAY to small for my fish. I am going to be getting a much bigger tank soon, I'm thinking a 20-30 gallon tank. My enthusiasm has caused me to be dumb and bite off more than I can chew. I have gotten too many fish and they need a bigger home.
I was wondering how I should go about it, I have never moved fish to a new tank before, and I atleast know better than to move them into a brand new tank right off the bat. x.x Bah. I am not sure how to go about it, I was thinking I could move all their current water in, but I am afraid it might stir up too much from the gravel and cause them to get sick or stressed out.
Am I going to need to fully cycle the new tank, or would it be possible for me to slowly move some of the water over there over the course of a week or so, or would that be bad?
I should probably tell you guys what I have in the tank! I currently have two live planted plants, and several of those free-floating ones that are kinda viney-like, one fake plant which I am debating on getting rid of, and a medium canyon-style rock formation. I also have green gravel, and a heater and filter that came with it. The filter brand is Aqueon. I will probably need a different filter and heater for the bigger tank though, these will most likely be too small.
As for fish: Tooo many, and I kicked myself for my enthusiasm! I have two emerald cory, two gold dust molly, two silver molly, one orange creamsicle molly, one black molly, two marble molly and two black sail-fin mollly. One of the silvers is a male, and one of the sail-fins is a male, the rest are all female. Except I am not sure about my cories, I don't know how to tell with them. I also have a breeding net with nine babies in it, they will be too big for it in about a week or two though. As you can see, I bit off more than I could chew.
I don't know what came over me! x.x I initially had eight fish in there which was fine for them, still intended to get a bigger tank though! I know mollies need more space, the tank itself was originally for my six Platy
's, which died of Ich. At the time I didn't know what it was, and for some reason the girl at petco didn't know what one of the most common bacteria's was. x.x
Well, the other day I had gone to petco to give them an aggressive gold dust male that was disrupting my tank and had killed my Dalmation Lyretail molly, whose mate had died a few months ago, and he was trying to kill two other females, so I was down a few and intended to only replace the two I had lost recently....They ended up having Sail-Fin mollies, which I had been trying to get for months! They never have dalmation lyretails anymore, they're just as hard to find, and I didn't find them this time. =( So my brain stopped working and I purchased a male and female sail-fin, and two marble molly to replace the damlations I had lost. I also bought the black molly female that I had seen in the shop for the last two months. It was alone in a tank with the wrong fish. lol I felt bad for her. Yeah, I over-did it, so I need to hurry and get a bigger tank before problems happen aside from my stupidity.
The one inch of fish per gallon of water I heard is actually very bad to go by! So I am wondering if I should go with the 30 gallon, I intend to keep atleast two of the fry I have, maybe three, so I will end up with 15-16 fish. 30 Gallons is big enough for them, right?
Ah, sorry, overboard me again, writing a book! I do intend to get the bigger tank, but I really just need suggestions on how to move them and possibly, if there is a safe way, prepare it for them quicker. The last thing I want is to stress them out or put them in the tank before they should be in there when I've already pressed them for space, although they don't seem unhappy, I know it can cause problems.
I'm not sure if this info is needed or not either, but I have had this tank set up for about...I think five months now, maybe six. Other than the issue with my aggressive Gold dust, I haven't had issues with it, but that was before I got too many fish and I don't want to chance it. So it's been nice and cycled for several months now. When I get my new tank I intend to get a water test kit for myself. My last water test at the shop, they said all of it came out normal, so I took their word for it, but I don't have numbers to give, my apologies.
Help is good, and if you think the number of fish I have is -still- going to be too many for a 30 gallon, feel free to let me have it! It wasn't very smart of me as is to get so many. ^^; This site is just lovely for learning and getting help with just about everything, and most of you are far more knowledgable than I am about these things. Petco would probably tell me I could have 30 fish in there! They told me ten fish would be fine for it as is. lol
I would rather go by what the more experienced users here think. If 15 is too many for a 30 gal, I will have to suck it up and give them away over possibly making them unhappy and ill.
Thank you all in advance for taking the time to read this numbskulls book of blah and pleas!