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Egrant 03-15-2012 12:02 AM

Fish in Bucket during upgrade????? how long is OK
Hey guys, first off let me thank everyone for helping me out and answering all my annoying questions. Here is the big one. I will be performing the 55G to 125G swap this weekend. With this being said here are my questions:

The 125 gallon tank will only fit where my 55 is now. I am going to have to drain the water into several totes and buckets. I planned on using two 10G totes to house three fish each. How long can the little guys live in said totes with an air stone and a heater?? I figure it is going to take some time to get the other tank set up, I hope about 4 hours and it will be done. Like I have said in previous post, I will be using the water, BIO Max and gravel from the existing tank to help with the cycling process. Chemicals I will be using are Secham's Prime and stability.

I think this is the end of my questioning, well at least till this weekend!!!! :BIGnervous:

AbbeysDad 03-15-2012 12:29 AM

With air stone and heater they should be fine....even if much longer than the 4 hours you project to get the job done. I have heard of people transferring fish for days in 5g pails...and consider fish shipped for days in nothing more than a plastic bag wrapped in paper in a box!
No worries, you should be fine.

Boredomb 03-15-2012 12:54 AM

Like Abbeysdad has already said they should be fine. I have had my fish in a tote with an airstone and a heater all day long with no problems.

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