So it's finally time for an update.
Since we last met I have completely changed the look of the tank. I haven't added any new fish because I knew I was going to do this, and didn't want to stress them out. All of the fish that are on my list to be added are fairly sensitive.
In addition to that I have decided to change the brand of water conditioner I am using. I was using the Tetra brand, but will be switching to Prime. It has the rep of being top notch. I went to Bert's to pick it up today, but alas they don't carry it. Like the rest of the stores around here.... I imagine I'll have to order it. So instead I got API Stress Coat which is the next best thing.
Okay, on to the pics!!!
Above is my general set up for the switch. You can see my gravel vac hanging on the right, and going out the window. That's the best I can do until I get my Python. Man I can't wait to get it! Lugging 55 gallons of water to that tank in one whack alone was awful.
This is a good close up of the holding tank I set up for the fish. This is a cheap cooler into which I drained some of the tank water into. I outfitted it with one of my extra filters that was running on my QT, the QT heater, a thermometer, and my battery powered bubbler. The only thing that wasn't necessary was the filter. I just put it on there because it made me feel better.
Oh what a scary sight. The empty tank...
All 34 fish, 1 Assassin Snail, and 3 Nerite Snails were actually in the cooler at this point. The plants are also there to keep moist, and to also provide cover for the fish. I really did not want the fish to get too stressed out.
Oh lovely.... Haha, this is after I replaced the substrate with sand (yay!). As you can see it was pretty crazy in there
And here we have the tank this morning. The water had cleared enough for me to replant the plants, and has cleared even more since. I just didn't take a picture of it. All the fish made it through the big change. Only about 4 were stressed enough to lose color, but they have regained it as far as I can tell.
The only mistake I made during this process was not watching what I was doing with the filters on the display. I had assumed that water would remain in the HOBs unless I drained it out. WRONG... It syphoned out as I took the water out of the tank. I didn't realize this until I was getting ready to fill the tank back up. I hastily took the filter media out and submerged it in the cooler with the fish. I am hoping and praying that I caught this mistake quick enough, and that the bacteria that I spent 4 weeks growing didn't die. If the bacteria died then I'm stuck doing a fish-in-cycle. You know what that means??? Probably 2 50% water changes a day until the cycle completes. Oh PLEASE let the bactiera be ALIVE!!! I won't know for sure till a few days have passed.
On another note my husband and landlord are going to build me a new stand for the tank. As you may have noticed the current stand isn't quite big enough. I can't wait to get it!!!
That's it for now. I'll post some better pictures when the water clears up, and I'm sure the tank is situated the way I want it. Thanks for reading!