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NoelFae
03-31-2017, 05:00 PM
Just a quick blah; I want to upgrade Ares from my 5.5 to a 10 gallon.

I was thinking of just emptying all the water into a big bucket and put him in there. And then moving all his stuff and the gravel and plants into the 10 gal and putting the water in the bucket into the 10 gal and just filling it up the rest of the way from there.

Would that work?

SueD
03-31-2017, 05:07 PM
Yes, that will work. But bring over the filter from the 5g to the 10g too. You need to have the beneficial bacteria that is in the old filter. Keep the filter media wet during the changeover.

Law Dog
03-31-2017, 07:23 PM
Yes, that will work. But bring over the filter from the 5g to the 10g too. You need to have the beneficial bacteria that is in the old filter. Keep the filter media wet during the changeover.
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I upgraded from a 55 to 100gal years ago. The fish should be fine in a bucket for a short time, just make sure to put a little tank water from the 5 in a small container that can hold your filter media if you're not going to use the 5gal filter. If you are then just keep water in the filter to keep the BB wet. Transfer as much old water over and top off with treated fresh water and bucket water.

Slaphppy7
03-31-2017, 07:30 PM
It's not even necessary to transfer the water, it's the filter media that is most important.

Fish in bucket, move all substrate and deco and plants, fill new tank with Primed water, move filter and media and start it up, then move fish.

NoelFae
04-01-2017, 12:13 AM
Before and after!

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170401/8c66dda5156db2deb68d839563aacc24.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170401/051557e707965ca6b404af109196ce8d.jpg

Better lights for my plants too so hopefully they stop dying lmao [emoji23]

I ended up just emptying all the water since my old tank water had some plant stuff that made the water all yuck once I moved it.

The only thing is I think he can see his reflection in the side - if that causes an issue he'll have to go back into the 5.5 I guess.

Should I test for a couple days and make sure nothing is wrong? Or am I good? - technically his water change day is on Sunday so I'd test then anyways

mac
04-02-2017, 08:56 AM
When ever I have done a tank swap in the past, its been trouble free. But Its something that still needs to be watched just in case a crash happens during the change. A few test's help things go much more smooth and safe.

RE if the reflection is a issue nothing a bit of black card won't fix.

NoelFae
04-07-2017, 12:52 AM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170407/b3bcea1be9078df1912639dd0ef295e5.jpg

Posting here again cause I bought more plants for my spoiled betta [emoji12] and I wanted to show off his pretty new tank that I think I'm finally done tweaking [emoji33]