complete tank transfer

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  1. reefermadness420

    reefermadness420 Flamingo Tongue

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    So I was planning on setting up a second tank in the 72g bowfront I bought two weeks ago. I decided that I'd rather just transfer everything. Anybody have any tips? I'd like to use all water rocks and sand. Livestock is simple four snails two hermits two damsels and three corals. I need any ideas on how to move sand with bristleworms in it
     
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  3. reefermadness420

    reefermadness420 Flamingo Tongue

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    also.unsure how to transfer my anemone
    I'm trying to do an entire transfer in less than one day possibly today or tomorrow
     
  4. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    1. Get plastic bins large,storage.
    2. Make and buy more water then you think you're going to need, let it sit over night. Get some FW as well.
    3. Remove mechanical filtration and place in display water in container, sponge, floss, sock......preserve the beneficial bacteria.
    4. Drain water from tank almost all the way down., without disturbing the sand bed or rocks.
    5. Remove rocks and place in container with water from display. Corals can go here too.
    6. Catch and remove fish.
    7. Remove sand bed and either rinse it or add to it with new well rinsed sand. Do not transfer over a dirty sand bed.

    Add sand to new tank, add rocks to new tank, place bowl in new tank and fill new tank with water, pouring it into the bowl as to decrease cloudiness.
    Turn on pumps at the right water level, place the older mechanical filtration in tank,. Let run for an hour and if appropriate acclimate fish, inverts and corals and place in new tank.

    That is how I do it, no cycle.
     
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  5. reefermadness420

    reefermadness420 Flamingo Tongue

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    thank you. That was perfect. Step by step. im also moving my lights and building a canopy. My sand is only about 3monthsold but I see bristleworms daily in it. my 55g will become my box turtles new home
     
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  6. Todd_Sails

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    Good luck with the move
     
  7. reefermadness420

    reefermadness420 Flamingo Tongue

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    thanks its actually on hold right now probably til next Saturday the pet store I go to is out of reef salt
     
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  9. ivanbosk

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    I'd suggest not moving that sand...you really don't want to disturb it. If you want sand in your destination tank, buy new and sprinkle some of your old sand on it. Releasing all that badness into the water is not going to be fun.
     
  10. reefermadness420

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    inwasvplanning on adding crushed coral and some more sand but my sand is fairly new and has some gravel in it in not gonna get rid of 100 bucks worth of sand after three months
     
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    we'd advise you to rinse it really well and just keep a small amount to seed it when you put it back in the tank. You'll want to be cautious in adding in crushed coral because that can build up detritus in it
     
  12. Vu Nguyen

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    I plan to use crushed coral instead of sand........I don't really like the bare bottom but this seems to be the new trend.