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    I need some advice on upgrading my reef tank to a bigger one.

    I set up a 5 gallon nano reef 8 months ago and it's doing pretty well. I've been doing freshwater aquariums for about 5 years so I thought I'd try out saltwater. It's been going surprisingly great for a beginner and it being so little. Parameters are always on point and where they need to be. I will admit I stupidly put an ocellaris clownfish in there. He seems to be happy though. Comes out and says hello whenever I feed him and am near the tank. Anyway, he needs a bigger tank and some friends. How do I take a well established tank and put it into a new one without throwing everything off? Or do I set up the new one and let it cycle while the other is still up and running? I would ideally want to use the live sand and rock I have already and put it in the bigger tank.

    Any and all help/advice is appreciated. I expect I'll be getting scolded for subjecting this adorable fish to such a small tank.

    Thank you in advance!
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    Scolded for the whole thing actually. I should have just put shrimp in it or just gone with something bigger like at least a 10 or 15 gallon. Hindsight is 20/20, right? I'm not feeling so bright on this one.

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    Cliff will probably be the one to help you along with this one. He's my go-to guy for SW advice and I don't even have a SW tank. yet.

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    What size of tank are you thinking of up-grading to?

    What do you have in the current tank for live rock and all other equipment ?
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    I was thinking of going up to a 15. I have about 8 lbs of live rock in there.

    As far as equipment goes it's just the Marineland 5 gallon hex set up. Nothing special. I am honestly surprised how well this is going. I had the tank set up 3-4 months before I put anything in it to make sure it would work. Things looked good so I moved forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malyssaasaurus View Post
    I put anything in it to make sure it would work.
    What do you mean by "everything" ?

    Sorry for all the questions, just trying to make sure I can give you the best possible options
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    "Anything" meaning whatever fish I was going to put in there. The questions are fine. :)

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    A 15 gallon is a too small of even one clown fish. You would want no less than a stand 20 gallon, but a 29 would be better

    As far as setting up the new tank, I would suggest the below process:

    1-fill the new tank half full with new water and some water from your existing tank.
    2-make sure the salinity and temp is stable between the two tanks
    3-move the live rock into the new tank making sure it is not exposed to the air when sitting in either tank
    4-move the fish into a bucket of tank water from the old tank
    5-remove some more of the old water and place in the new tank
    6-remove the substrate and clean it very well
    7-place the subtrate in the new tank
    8-breifly accimate the fish to the new tank water and put him in
    9-full the rest of the new tank with new water
    10-leave the lights off for a day so your fish can get used to his new home
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    Step 3 - how do you move the live rock into the new tank without exposing it to the air? that seems like the most complicated step to me.

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    Maybe in water filled ziploc bags?...that part confuses me, too
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