Transfer(upgrade) Tank

Discussion in 'More Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by Iluvfishies, Apr 9, 2018.

  1. IluvfishiesValued MemberMember

    Hiya! I have a 29 gallon fish tank with one black and red Oscar (about 2-3inches maybe) and 2 jewel cichlids (about 2 inches). I have a new fluval 406 canister filter running for the past couple weeks along with my HOB filter that has been on it for months. I have a air pump and a heater in it also keeping it around 80. My question is is I have a 55 gallon aquarium that I have recently got, all I have in it so far is gravel. And I built a stand. How do you recommend I safely go about transferring them to the 55 gallon? Steps I should take? Etc. I am going to Petco this week to pick up a larger heater and a larger light, along with some decorations. If you have any suggestions PLEASE HELP. Still learning the ropes! Thankyou in advance!

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  2. CharlabooValued MemberMember

    Any time I've transferred I've just put it in the treated water and heater, let it get to corelrect temp, then transferred all the fish at once and also transfer the filter so you keep the same bacteria .. should avoid a cycle. To be safe test the water every few days and you can dose with prime in case there is an ammonia or nitrite or nitrate spike and grab a bottle of tank buster or fluval cycle to add more bacteria to help the colony recover

    Sorry I meant test the water every day for a few days
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  3. IluvfishiesValued MemberMember

    Okay cool, any advice on where I should set the inlet and outlet and heater in the tank? I don’t have lids but I plan on getting corigated plastic for the top and a 48” light. I want the natural look some how but I’m not sure how. That’s why I’m asking for pointers or advice
  4. CharlabooValued MemberMember

    I usually set that stuff in the back corners then you can buy tall plants to mask it .. like we have hidden our heater using a huge amazon sword plant .. you can also get plexi glass cheap and it will look way better or even call a glass place and tell them the dimension you need .. even a piece of wood painted black would look better than corrugated plastic you would just want to make sure it's non toxic paint and fully dry and may have to replace more often.. oh or you can try places like value village for glass too

    with one of our tanks we left it lidless and bought a grow light from a plant store and hung it from the ceiling so it just floats above the lidless tank - gotta be careful if you do that tho that you aren't buying fish prone to jumping

    Actually I guess it isn't hung from the ceiling we used plantbholders that screw into the wall on either wise side above the tank and hung the grow light from there the plants love it and it works well for the fish saved a lot of money doing it that way but again fish MAY jump so be careful if you choose that route
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  5. IluvfishiesValued MemberMember

    Well here it is. Got a 200w heater put into the tank keeping it about 80. And the fluval 406 running with a fluval ECO 36-48. I bought some corigated sheeting to use for lids. Along with 18”bubble wand running. My new question is, is will the cloudy water go away? Just seems kinda cloudy for some reason. I did use all the water from that 29 gallon so I added roughly 25 gallons new. And how long should I be running my light in the tank a day? I’ve never used lights on a tank. I’ve seen people use it and the algae grew horribly. Please reply when possible :) here’s a pic of my Oscar too :)

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  6. CharlabooValued MemberMember

  7. CharlabooValued MemberMember

    I'm surprised the light get through the plastic so well isn't corrugated plastic usually opaque?
  8. IluvfishiesValued MemberMember

    It’s actually completely clear

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