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    Buying a tank thatís already setup

    Hi all! New to this forum. Iíve had several freshwater tanks before, but this is the first time Iíve bought a tank that was already set up and running. Iím buying a 55 gallon freshwater tank from a friend that he has had running for many years without any loss of fish life. What Iím wondering is, whatís the best way to transport his fish from his house to mine? Also, we donít live too far apart, but obviously our water parameters will be different. Is there a way that I should refill the tank when it gets to my house that will cause as little stress on them as possible?

    Iím wanting to add plants to his setup and decorate it more to my liking than how he has it. Iíll be changing some of his decor and changing the filters to a canister filter to keep the water cleaner. Any help/suggestions are welcome! TIA!


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    Re: Buying a tank thatís already setup

    Hi and welcome to fish-kepping.com

    I would ask your local fish store if you could buy a few fish bags off them to move the fish. And then fill them with half a bag of tank water for each fish to bring them back and what water is left put in a sealed bucket and then you should be able to use the same water.

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    Re: Buying a tank thatís already setup

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary R View Post
    Hi and welcome to fish-kepping.com

    I would ask your local fish store if you could buy a few fish bags off them to move the fish. And then fill them with half a bag of tank water for each fish to bring them back and what water is left put in a sealed bucket and then you should be able to use the same water.
    Thanks for the welcome and the advise!

    Thatís kind of what I did. I took a 35 gallon Rubbermaid tub and filled it with tank water until 2 people almost couldnít lift it and then added the fish to it. All of the fish made it safely and are still alive 3 days later.

    Iím improving it slowly as much as I can without changing the water chemical levels too much. I had my tap water tested to see how close the tank water would be to what I would be adding to it and theyíre super close. I want to add live plants to it eventually, but I need to let it cycle for a bit and the fish to adjust first. Iím just happy all of the fish made it and now I can make the tank mine.


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    Re: Buying a tank thatís already setup

    Good to hear that they all made it to there new home safely....just keep testing your water for a couple of weeks to make sure that all levels are ok
    once all setup it would be nice to see how it looks now and how you make it yours in the weeks to come.
    Enjoy your new tank

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