Tips on moving to new tank

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Next weekend I’m moving everything from my current 40l tropical freshwater tank to a new 80l tank. My current tank is very heavily planted and I’m worried about all the dirt and gunk that will get kicked up when I make the move. I also need to put the new tank where the old one is currently sitting so I can’t get one set up and then move it all over.

Does anyone have any tips or recommendations?

Thinking of siphoning off some water into a bucket  and putting the new heater in to keep it at the right temperature. The moving all the fish and snails into the bucket.

Get the new tank in place, plant all the existing plants into new substrate. Excavate and rinse the old substrate and add a layer to the new tank to help with the bacteria. Let it settle for a bit and move the fish from bucket to tank if temperature and PH is the same? I’ll be keeping the same filter so it looks like I don’t need to cycle the new tank? Just feed lightly for a few days and keep an eye on water parameters?

Does this sound ok?

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Reply #1

Yep. Makes sense to me. Air stone in the bucket too, as you'll want to make sure there's plenty of oxygen to go around.
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Ah yes. Will do - thanks very much!

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Reply #3

Rinse the substrate in old tank water if you can.

The substrate will be harbouring lots of the biological filtration bacteria too. Tap water will kill much of it off.
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Reply #4

Good point. Can I put the fish in a bucket of clean water as long as it’s the right temp? Then I can save the old tank water to rinse the substrate.

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Reply #5

Only if it’s dechlorinated, Tap water will burn their gill membranes making it harder for them to breathe.

Ideally it’d also be the same PH.

I’d rather keep the fish in the familiar water than the substrate. If there’s no other option then a quick rinse in  dechlorinated tap water shouldn’t hurt the bacterial population too much.
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Reply #6

Sounds good - thanks for the tips!

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I’ll check that out - thanks v much!

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So it did not go well! I actually leak tested the new tank for a day because the lid was cracked and I wasn’t sure about it - but all was fine. Took me absolutely ages but got everything transferred over and set up.

I got home from work today (two days after tank is up and running) and water was pouring out the bottom of the tank! Managed to scoop the fish out the last six inches of water that remained and have rebuilt the old tank ready to plonk them back in there when it has settled a bit. I reckon if I had been an hour later they would have all been dead.

Living room is currently drying out after nearly 80 litres of water was dumped all over it... it was pretty stressful!

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What a mare

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Reply #11

Oh no! Was the base cracked, or did a seal go?
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I need to empty all the sand out and look at the base but from the way  it was coming out it looked like it was through the seal along the bottom front of the tank.

It seriously freaked me out as I was so close to losing all my fish! Thankfully the small tank is back up and running with no problems and they all seem ok.

The store is offering to replace the tank but I’m nervous about using the superfish brand again. Might go with something else...

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Reply #13

What a nightmare. 

I've got a small SuperFish tank in use as a sump and it's been totally fine, however, i did notice when I bought it that the silicone was quite messy. 
I think I would be more inclined to try another brand.

What was the tank stood on by the way?

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Reply #14

Yeah my 40l superfish has been absolutely fine and I really like it. It was sat on a wooden side cabinet - actually the same place my previous tank was. It felt pretty solid and I’d checked it with a spirit level but I guess it could have been that. If I go for another one I’d be tempted to get it a proper stand...

I do not recommend mopping up 80 litres of water from your living room floor that’s for sure!


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