Upgrading Techniques

Discussion in 'Tips and Techniques' started by uscmizzy, May 26, 2016.

  1. uscmizzy

    uscmizzy Member

    I currently have a 36g tank and currently aren't looking to upgrade but eventually will have to so I wanted to know how others have done it. Do you have to use all new stuff? Did you use any sand or rock from the old aquarium? How did you transfer fish?

    When I do upgrade it will be a rectangle 55g that I have for just an FYI
     
  2. Kristin1234

    Kristin1234 Active Member

    I will be following this. I am also about to upgrade since our new home is almost done! I plan to use my old system as a qt/hospital tank.
     
  3. lmforbis

    lmforbis Well-Known Member

    I went from a 55 to a 125 a little over a year ago. I had to first move the old tank because the new one was going into the same place. I then set up the new one. I moved about half the rock initially the rest when I moved the fish a couple days later. I used the old sand and even though I washed it thoroughly it was a bad idea that I regretted for months. If I did it again I'd use all new sand. After the new tank was full and the water cleared and at the correct temp I moved everything else. I watched ammonia closely but everything stayed stable. I used as much of my old equipment as I could. I added another light and another heater. Over the next few months I upgraded my sump and skimmer and added a carbon and GFO reactor.
     
  4. uscmizzy

    uscmizzy Member

    Yea I'll be going from a 36 gallon to a 55 gallon. So I'll def be getting new sand that's good to know I would have just used the old sand too. Did you add more live rock?
     
  5. lmforbis

    lmforbis Well-Known Member

    I used all my old live rock and added some more dry rock which quickly became live.
     
  6. deejeff0442

    deejeff0442 Active Member

    I have reused sand a bunch of times just washed it and never had an issue
     

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