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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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    I thought he meant that when you partially empty the first take the rock has to stay under water and then move it (probably quickly) to the next tank and keep it under the water line. I didn't take it as you had to have it constantly in water. Maybe I'm wrong?

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    Yeah, he does say "when sitting" and not "when moving"

    Better wait for him to reply, I know zero about SW tanks, lol
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    The baggie part or the 'when sitting' part may both or either be right. lol Definitely look forward to Cliff giving us clarification on that.

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    The key is "when sitting". When sitting in either tank, it must be fully submerged under water. Exposing rock to air for the amount of time it takes to get it from one tank to another will not cause anything bad to happen.

    Sorry for confusing your guys
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