Draining my aquariums and shifting things around
I currently have two 55 gallon aquariums, one FW, one SW FOWLR. My SW tank has a stand that is exteremely low to the ground and divided in the middle, I only have a 10g sump down there and it's a really tight squeeze, impossible to work with without making a mess or hurting myself one way or the other. The other tank's stand, however, has ample space for a 20-25g sump with plenty of room to work with. I also kind of rushed the SW tank setup and there are things I'd like to do that I wouldn't be able to without dismantling everything such as plumbing, sandbed, and painting the back the tank rather than use the background that I have which now has salt deposits running down and looks awful. Not to mention the tank is sitting unevenly and I suspect a small leak, although I can't seem to find it.
Basically, I'm giving my FW creatures away to good homes for several reasons and switching the stand on my SW tank. I may make a reptile tank out of the other 55 and low stand, not sure yet. I planned on just using brand new garbage cans to house my (one) fish, LR, sand, inverts, filter media etc and preserving all the water. But this tank is still pretty new (2 months) and I had a very rough initial cycle. I'm wondering if there is anything I need to know before I do all this, or any precautionary steps I should take.
I would transport water and live rock into a garbage can, followed by fish. With good circulation you should not have any ammonia or nitrite spikes. The sand is the biggest concern, so I would expect a spike after the tank is moved, simply from the disturbance of the sand bed.
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