Best way to break a tank down for "remodeling" without irritating fish too much.

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by sfsuphysics, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Need to do a 'remodel' on my tank. Ideally I'd like to take every piece of rock/coral out of my tank, most of the water, scan the bottom for any think that shouldn't be there ("whoops how'd that piece of copper wire get down there" type stuff), rebuild my reef-scape, then put the water back in, all in a 1 day affair.

    However I'd like to minimize fish stress, ideas so far are

    1. leave them in there, perhaps even put a rock "cave" in the back corner just so they have some place to hide out

    2. remove them, when I'm done, put them back.

    3. ????? Other potential ideas would be nice.
  2. gimmito

    gimmito Guest


    I would take them all out. I think you would stress them even more by leaving them in the tank with all the movement within the tank.
  3. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    Careful if you're going to mess around with the sand/substrate - may want to let things settle before putting livestock back in.
  4. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    How large is the system and what are the fish? (This is something I do more often than I'd like)
  5. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    180g tank 4' x 3' foot print. No sand.
  6. Erick

    Erick Guest

    I would take the fish out and put a lid on whatever you put them into (so nothing jumps). Do your maintenance and then put them back in.
  7. anathema

    anathema Guest

    I vote take them out, and the lid is a great idea.
  8. LeviT

    LeviT Guest

    I say drain as much water into a tub, net the fish and put them in the tub (maybe with some clean PVC fitting so the fish have some shelter), do your maintenance, fill the tank back up and return your fish.
  9. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Leave the fish
    It's one less move they have to deal with
  10. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    remove the fish IMO. IME you don't want fish in the way of moving rocks and such.
  11. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Yeah, considering those fish consist of a couple tangs and a foxface, and I don't need reminding how painful the venom is from that foxface!

    Luckily I have more than enough tank space to hold them :D
  12. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Rabbit fish and the like are a different story...remove them
  13. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Yeah, guess I should have mentioned the fish types before :D

    Still don't know how I'm going to rearrange though (although I'm currently leaning towards one big rock structure in the back corner, and a ton of open space in the front maybe 20/80 ratio), but whatever it is might involve drilling, hydraulic cement, and fiberglass rods.
  14. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    NO matter the fish, I would still recommend removing them.
  15. anathema

    anathema Guest

    How bad would you feel if you squished one of your fish? :p
  16. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I've done it and it SUCKS :(
  17. bondolo

    bondolo Supporting Member

    Earlier this summer on my birthday I squished the female of my clown fish pair moving rock. Sad birthday. Take the fish out.
  18. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Alrighty, today's moving day! Wish me luck! :D

    The infamous before shot, since I'm bound to screw something up (my track record isn't exactly stellar :D)... lots of dead stuff I need to hack off.

    The temporary digs, nice 100g pond liner, figured I might try to tackle that overgrowth of coraline that I have on the acrylic (however ironically not all over the rocks where its nice and pretty AND WANTED), and might be more than a 1 day stay, so wanted some swimming room for the fish... tempted to throw a halide or two over the pond, but a tad on the scared side that it one might fall into it ... so we'll see.
  19. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    I would leave the lights off to reduce stress on the fish. The corals will be fine for a day or so without it too...less biological activity. Good luck
  20. houser

    houser Past President

    My gosh you got your work cut out.

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