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So in around a week we are going to be moving house 😀 , which is obviously going to mean shifting the tank . My plans are to setup two tanks on the floor in the old house , a 4ft for the fish and 30" for the corals and inverts , my plans are to split the liverock and water between the two tanks with heater , powerheads and skimmer running on each , mounted in each tank (no sumps) and a light for the coral tank , before emptying and moving the main tank , stand and sump . I'll then site and level the tank in my new house before filling with RO and adding salt . I'll probably leave this running for a few days to ensure a good mix and test , before transporting the contents of the 30" coral tank to the new house and acclimatize to the fresh set up first . I'll then leave for another day or two to settle before returning the fish progressively over the following fortnight .
Is there Anything you would add or change from above method ?  Or any other advice on doing this ?


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Reply #1

Sounds like a great plan.  Nice to not have to do it all in a day!

Have some bacteria in a bottle on hand in both houses to be able to deal with any spikes fast.  Also so spare salty and RO in case of spills, or emergencies.

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Reply #2

Thanks Graeme , I'll take those into account . My last move I had to do all my FW tanks in a day plus empty the house .......... Never again lol

I've a week left to plan it all out , I also still need to clean out the spare tanks and check my other equipment still works (heaters etc) as it's been sitting for a couple of years now .

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Reply #3

I might word this wrong so bare with me but, if you filled the tank with new salt and ro at its new location to me all that new water will be a bit harsh and loaded with organic nutrients etc that might give you issues or cause stress.

If you set up the holding tanks then do s 50% water change on each and use the old water plus new to set up the tank at its new location it will be less harsh, I know it’s a faff but might save issues later.


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I might word this wrong so bare with me but, if you filled the tank with new salt and ro at its new location to me all that new water will be a bit harsh and loaded with organic nutrients etc that might give you issues or cause stress.

If you set up the holding tanks then do s 50% water change on each and use the old water plus new to set up the tank at its new location it will be less harsh, I know it’s a faff but might save issues later.


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Thanks Tim  ,  yes I wasn't sure about that either , as it would be similar to starting over again but with mature rock , which wouldn't be good to drop everything back into a non established / stable setup , it would probably also help keep live rock more stable on the change too .
Any thoughts on the existing sand bed , it's full of life , I was thinking of syponing it directly into a bucket with a little water and keeping it warm before returning to DT and leaving to settle once moved ?

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Reply #5

I’m not sure on sand but it’s a risk that spots have got toxic pockets in there.


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Reply #6

Keep some of the sand, for the life.  However, there will be a lot of detritus that gets released, and life that gets crushed, which may cause an issue.

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My friends just sold his tank a few weeks ago to a work pal and he used all his old sand and is now getting some pretty nasty nitrate spikes


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Reply #8

He was gettin really bad water though too which is the vial on the right and his tank water on the left


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Reply #9

Thanks Guys , I'll get some fresh sand and put a couple of scoops of my own through it to seed it with a bit of life .

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Reply #10

@HK_Fuey , Which bacteria in a bottle would you recommend ? Anything specific ?
I had looked at Dr Tim's .... Very expensive !! , I may also add a bag or two of purigen to help along too .

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I use seachem stability adding every day for a week or so till the bottle runs out lol

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I'm not sure what to recommend.  Dr Tim's gets good reviews.  Maybe try searching for some comparisons?  Not sure if anyone has done any reviews based on hard evidence. 

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