Hello everyone! I haven't posted here in years (since 2012, wow), but I read fairly often. Anyway..
I have a freshwater
planted tank. I've had it for a long time, and have been wanting an upgrade for years. Because of that, when my equipment would break, I would replace it with something suitable for a larger tank. When my HOB filter broke, I got an over-sized canister filter and just choked off the outflow to make it suitable. When my submersible heater needed to be replaced, I bought a nice in-line heater and put it on my canister filter. When I upgraded my light, I got one that was "too powerful" and just dialed the settings down a bit. I have no CO2.
Last weekend, I finally got a larger tank like I've been wanting. It is currently sitting about half-full of water (I dumped my "used" water in last time I did a water change, thinking it might be easier for the fish when I move them) and has nothing in it but the substrate.
How do I complete this move successfully?? The only thing I'm not moving is the substrate. Fish, snails, shrimp, and plants will all be relocated into the new tank.
But I only have one heater and one filter, and they are basically one unit :/
So how do I logistically do this? Am I stuck buying more equipment? I don't want to do that (budget), but I want to lose my livestock/plants even less. I don't have much, but I'm pretty attached to what I have. Which is:
3 nerite snails
7 amano shrimp
1 Japanese trapdoor snail
2 fancy guppies
2 cobra guppies
1 neon blue dwarf gourami
a huge variety of plants, all growing well
I'm assuming the plants aren't much of an issue. They're all healthy and would probably survive being transported early, even without heat and filtration. I've thought of doing that so they can get a bit of a foothold on the new substrate before I move my critters (little bastards that they are LOVE to uproot my stem plants). But that doesn't help when it comes time to move the livestock with only one heater/filter.
Any advice is greatly appreciated