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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-24-2015, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Help with Moving!!!

Ok, so I am moving next week. I close on my house tomorrow and will be moving fish tanks starting probably Monday. Here's my situation, I currently have a 29g BioCube, I only have a few corals, condy anemone, long polyp leather, and a small zoa (troubles getting it grow, will start new thread later). And finally the dilemma. I have a 75g that I will be upgrading this tank to. What is the best way to get water? I don't have a RO/DI set up. I would have to make countless trips of 20+ minutes to the LFS to buy water 5g at a time. I do not want to have to do this. Help!

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Re: Help with Moving!!!

Tough problem. The only thing I can think of that's quick and cheap is to get one of those filters you put onto your kitchen sink faucet. Like a Brita filter maybe. (saw one at wally world, $15 bucks) Now it's not totally rodi water (just the ro part) but it's certainly better then straight tap water. I read the specs on one and it will fill your 75g one time per filter cartridge. Then add autolinking image and go. I would think you could do this until you can get your own rodi filter or find a good source for water. Good luck.

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The first three things that come to mind:
1) Accept that the world really won't end if you use tap water, just be sure to dechlorinate it and let it circulate for an hour or two before everything else goes in. There are so many other sources of nutrients when you move a tank. Gunk that comes off the rocks, gunk that comes out of the substrate (rinse it well with some of the old tank water before it goes back in). All in all the minimal amount of stuff in the tap water is going to be pretty minor.
2) Pony up and buy some jugs or 5 gallon buckets.
3) Get a brute garbage can, some ratchet straps, a friend with a pickup truck, and get all your water in 1-2 runs.

I wasn't kidding about rinsing the sand, or just get new substrate all together. I thought I could get away without a rinse if I was careful...and promptly ruined the first batch of autolinking image water I dumped in. I spent 20 minutes rinsing my sand (tank had been up around a year) and it still wasn't coming up clear.
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If I can get away with just using tap water with dechlorinator than that's what I will do. Then I will just slowly replace with RO/DI through water changes. I suppose with only having a couple hardy corals they should be ok for a while. I can also set up the biocube for the purpose of getting the big tank ready. Would it help maybe to run some larger bags of carbon or anything else to help condition the water?

And ya with the sand, I would clean it anyways. And I will be using mostly new sand, but what I do have will be rinsed out for sure! I have moved once with a autolinking image tank. Just not with upgrading the size.

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Re: Help with Moving!!!

Why not buy distilled at Walmart(has to be better then tap).?
Tap may be fine for fish only but I would not expect good results using tap with corals IMO.

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Pffft. I could do it with Tap Water.

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