So I'm moving out of the dorms in approx 2 weeks, and in that time I know I'm going to have to find some temporary housing until I can get my tank set back up.
I'm moving into an apartment, and I've currently got a 10 gallon tank.
It has sand substrate, 2 caves + 1 decor, some live plants, and plenty of silk ones.
Its stocked with 1 male betta, 2(couldn't find a 3rd) otos, and 2 rabbit snails.
Now for the fish, they are going to be in an un-ideal predicament for a day or two, but if all goes well then everyone will be happy. I'm thinking maybe a 5 gallon bucket + their plants + heater for the move (dollar store bucket hopefully). Or, I'm plunking them all in a 2.5 for the move.
To tear the tank down:
1. What is the easiest way to remove water quickly without sucking/dumping the sand?
2. Should I use old tank water in the bucket?
3. What do I do with the filter?
4. This is probably going to crash my cycle, how can I handle this? && how to re-acclimate & proper changes until the cycle reestablishes itself? I'm going to be using the old filter, would it be worth it? Or should I just buy a new filter?
Sorry for all the questions, last time I moved I had 2 small setups that didn't need to be cycled or weren't a big deal at all to move. If I can I'll keep Goblin in his cup, otherwise, I'm unsure as to how to properly move these otos.