07-07-2013, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Phatz
I just recently purchased a bigger 45 gallon tank as an upgrade and have a couple of questions.
Right now the 45 gallon tank is empty what I was wondering is if I should remove some of the water the fish are use to from my 20 gallon tank into the bigger tank or if I should just fill it with fresh water dechlorinate it wait a day and add the beneficial bacteria to it and let it cycle that way before moving the fish to new tank ,as I don't want to shock or stress the fish out. Any and all advice greatly appreciated.
Add some media from the filter in the old tank to the filter in the new tank. You might also add a little of the gravel from the old tank to the new tank. This will help give the cycling process a little boost. Fill the tank with fresh conditioned water and add the bacteria starter. Adding water from the old tank won't really do anything for you. After that, approach the cycle according to whether you want to do a fishless or fish in method.