This is the 29 gallon next to the new 55 gallon:
As you can see it was gonna be a pretty difficult task to transfer over my current water, fish and gravel and still trying to manage to place in the same exact location as the 29 gallon.
First thing i did was the night before, I did a very good vacuming job on the gravel to make sure no fish waste was under since I didn't want to cause an ammonia spike.
The next day I started by rinsing the gravel in a 5 gallon bucket to make sure no dust clouds up my new tank:
Laced the new gravel FIRST:
Then after the new gravel was in place with a nice layer, I started the water transfer with my Gravel vac:
Filled up about 1/3 of the tank then stopped the siphon process so I can safely move the 29 gallon and stand out the way and carefully slide over the new tank. Was scared I was going to break one of the tanks during this process but luckily someone was on my side and I got it stationed w/no problems.
Then I continued to re siphon the rest of the 29 gallon water and once it was pretty low, I transfered the 2 fish. They were a bit stressed during the move but so far no loss
Once the water was completely transfered i used a cup to scoop out the old gravel and seeded it with a nice layer over the new gravel that way my beneficial bacteria would still be in place. This process was about 1 hour and half total so I knew I had to use my cup to run tank water thru my filters every 15 mins to keep my bacteria alive.
Tested the water this morning and reading 15-20 Nitrates, no Nitrite and no ammonia it worked! After all said and done, walah I've got my new 55 gallon tank in place and looking stunning!
Pics with Backround off and on to see which I liked better: