So in a few short weeks I will be moving back up to school for the year. I was wondering, whats the best way to move two 5 gallon tanks 120 miles away? If I take them apart completly won't I have to cycle them all over again?
Heres what I was thinking:
1. Get 2 small 1 gallon or so critter keepers to serve as their transportation homes and so that they can stay in there while I set the tanks up again in my apartment. ( I can also then use them for rescue bettas!! )
2. Use those huge freezer bags and put 1 gallon of water, plus my current filter cartridge in each one.
3. Empty out the tanks, haul everything up to school and set them up again using the 2 gallons from home ( 1 gallon in the critter keeper and 1 with the filter in the bag) So its really just like I'm doing a large water change on both tanks. I'm thinking using the old water and the same filter cartridge will prevent me fro having to cycle again??
Oh and one more thing, since I'm going through all this trouble anyway I think I might switch to sand! :)
what do you guys think???