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Old 12-05-2010, 12:17 AM   #1 
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So I'm moving my 5g out of my dorm...

It's that time of year guys. Christmas Break. Although I've been planning this move for months now, I've come across a slight block in the road.

My 5 gallon tank has begun growing.. diatoms? on the gravel and plants. Now, I planned on moving the tank anyway which involves taking out all of the plants and decorations and crap. However, I planned on leaving enough water in my tank to keep the gravel wet for the bacteria to grow.

Well, now the gravel is brown. And I want to clean it. But I don't want to kill the live bacteria.

What on earth am I supposed to do?
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:51 AM   #2 
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I think you should just keep it that way and clean it when your move is done, a little algae won't hurt. Good luck with your move!
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:16 AM   #3 
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When I pack up the tank I plan on removing the fish, putting the plants in tank water in a bowl, the castle in tank water, the filter media in tank water, and then stirring the crap out of the gravel whilst siphoning to get the gunk out, and once I get done with the siphon leave just enough water in the tank to cover the gravel while transporting.
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:24 AM   #4 
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Ahh, the joys of having a bare-bottom, unfiltered 2.5 gallon.... I can pack up my tank whenever I need to bring it home from school! :)

I do not envy you having to move that cycled 5 gallon! Good luck with the move! :)
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:28 AM   #5 
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Ahh it's no big deal at all. :) I've actually been excited about getting it moved.
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:29 AM   #6 
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Good thing you don't care! It would drive me nuts! XD
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:58 AM   #7 
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Taylor - At the beginning of this semester I had three betta tanks in my dorm: one medium critter keeper at about 2.5 gallons heated, a large one at roughly 4 gallons heated, and my 5 gallon cycling. >_>

Now I have my 5 gallon heated cycled and my 2.5 gallon heated unfiltered. My 2.5 was moved to my boyfriend's place just 2 weeks ago. And now my 5 gallon is getting moved here, because I honestly don't plan on moving it back to my dorm after break. XD
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:07 PM   #8 
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Anyone have any last-minute tank moving advice to offer?
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:16 PM   #9 
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Well.....if your keeping all your other decorations,etc in tank water, why don't you take a handful or 2 of gravel and then wash the rest? at least then you won't be killing all the beneficial bacteria.
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Taylor - At the beginning of this semester I had three betta tanks in my dorm: one medium critter keeper at about 2.5 gallons heated, a large one at roughly 4 gallons heated, and my 5 gallon cycling. >_>

Now I have my 5 gallon heated cycled and my 2.5 gallon heated unfiltered. My 2.5 was moved to my boyfriend's place just 2 weeks ago. And now my 5 gallon is getting moved here, because I honestly don't plan on moving it back to my dorm after break. XD
WOW.... that's a lot of tanks!
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