Hi, I am setting up my new 54 gal corner tank and moving stuff from 35 gal hex.
I added 30 gallons of water w /ideal 1.023 salinity.
Added new crushed coral/sand and few pounds from original.
I have some new rocks and some old rocks from the original tank.
I am thinking of taking the rocks out of my old tank and scoop up as much sand as possible to transfer into a new tank.
Then next day after it settles - Is it wise for me to move all rocks in and let it cycle?
I was told that when I add rocks (including my existing), I should throw a fish in a new tank to produce waste so the bacteria doesn't die - the one in sand and on rocks???
I have 2 cardinals - can I sacrifice one?
Then I assume I would take another 10 gallons from my existing tank and top off the new tank?
But not sure when I would move my existing fish - few days or few weeks after?
Obviously I would be checking parameters. I have clown, 2 red eye cardinals, royal gramma, some blue wrasse and tiny yellow puffer (from walmart).
I read and re-read the postings on forums as well as internet instructions.
But it always talks about really big tanks OR those that are suitable for corals and sophisticated fish. I am doing fish only tank.
Within 1.5 years I went from a little bowl my friend gave me to a 54 gallon saltwater - I think I am obsessed - LOL