Transfering fish

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by Teejay620, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. T

    Teejay620 Valued Member Member

    I need to move my 150 gal tank. Can i siphon the water into a 30gal tank and keep them in that tank until i can set the 150 back up

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  2. chrt396

    chrt396 Well Known Member Member

    It really depends on how long you are going to keep them in the 30g tank! Is there a large stock of fish..or just a few. There is not enough bacteria in the water to sustain the fish for a great length of time without going into a cycle. The instant ammonia caused by fish waste may send the ammonia levels spiking as well as nitrites. How many fish do you have..and what are the sizes? Keep in mind, the beneficial bacteria forms on all the surfaces of your tank. So....if you keep the 150g dry for a long period of time, you could lose what good bacteria you have built up in that as well.

    How long is the 150g going to be down
    How many fish and what are they?
     
  3. Tolak

    Tolak Well Known Member Member

    I'd fast the fish for a day or two, depending on size, before the move. Run your 150 gallon filter on the 30 gallon during the move. After setting up the 150 feed the fish lightly for the next few days. Less food means less waste produced, lighter feeding will compensate for any potential loss of nirtrifying bacteria on tank surfaces. As long as you're running a properly sized filter that loss should be minimal.
     




  4. CindiL

    CindiL Fishlore Legend Member

    You should be fine as long as you move your filters over to the 30 at the same time. As far as bio-load goes you'll be fine, but in a tank that size your nitrates will probably rise rapidly. Cut back on feeding during this time. How long will the 150g be down.
     
  5. OP
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    Teejay620 Valued Member Member

    I have 3 discus,1 ram,4 panda cories 2 clown loaches and 4 Siamese algea eaters. I cant use the sump on my 30 gal but i can use the filter pads in a hob filter, i also have a sun sun i could use on it. I need to keep them in there for alittle while till i dont need to move anything anymore

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  6. OP
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    Teejay620 Valued Member Member

    Bump

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  7. CindiL

    CindiL Fishlore Legend Member

    I think your plan of taking the pads out and putting them in an hob is good. Also if you can use your sun sun I would. The more you can move over the better.


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  8. OP
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    Teejay620 Valued Member Member

    Should i run all the filters on the 150gal that im gunna use on the 30 gal to seed them for when i move the fish over

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  9. alink

    alink Well Known Member Member


    How long is a little while? couple hours, couple days, weeks?
     
  10. OP
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    Teejay620 Valued Member Member

    Could be a month or so

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  11. OP
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    Teejay620 Valued Member Member

    could also be permanent

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  12. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    All of those fish will not do well together in a 30 gal for a month or two or permanently. It sounds like your best bet would be to rehome most of the fish. You could probably keep the ram and the cories.
     
  13. chrt396

    chrt396 Well Known Member Member

    Thread needs to close
     




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