So how should I connect the new system to my existing in terms of equilibrating them? Stuff in my frag tank is doing decent I don't want to bomb it.
I will be filling the new tank with dead rock and sand. I was thinking to run it with water/rock/sand like 3/4 full with a small clip on skimmer for awhile, changing water between the two. Then after a month(ish) connect them. But maybe the skimmer is useless (I have it but yeah seems so). Or maybe just dump a ton of pods into the big tank with some seasoned rock from the other system? Idk
The volume difference is big. The new tank is 110g while my current that I'll be tying it into is about 50g
In that case you can do like @Kensington Reefer said.It's clean. Some is from an old setup and some is mined rock that was never used but I put it all in a bleach bath for a week then soaked in freshwater with prime.
It's clean. Some is from an old setup and some is mined rock that was never used but I put it all in a bleach bath for a week then soaked in freshwater with prime.
Yeah I'm thinking to monitor conditions in the new tank for maybe a week or two before I connect it to the existing system. I'd just leave it 90% full or whatever so it doesn't overflow to the sump. Throw some established rock in there to get stuff colonizing the dead rock and dry sand.You’ll have to make the call. While bleach will oxidize a good amount of organic material, some will survive in the rock pores. It will depend on how much rock you are using. If you want to be safe, you can just put the rock in some saltwater with a pump for a few days and see if ammonia spikes.