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Hi,

Well, my 32 gal just cracked this morning, 2 minutes later all the water was on the floor (and in my living room one floor down :( . Thank god I was at home.

Try to save as much tank water as I could (about 15 gal.) moved the fish in a 20 gal I had, moved the Eheim in there and filled the rest of the tank with 1/2 reversed osmosis + 1/2 dechlored tap water, like I use in my usual water changes.

Ran to my LFS to purchase a new tank which is now set up with the original gravel. My question is, should I move the fish in the new tank today or is this too much stress for one day? Also, will I have to recycle again? Any suggestions to restart the tank would be greatly appreciated.

set up: 1 bolivian ram, 9 runmmy noses, 10 penguin tetras. Tank is (was) running for 4 years. I know, I know, this is a cichlid forum but I do have a ram in there and I do have a 220 gal with fronts :)

Thanks.

Sophie
 

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I would probably leave the fish where they are for a day or two.....as far as cycling the new tank,your filter has retained the bacteria so there should'nt be a problem. move filter and fish in a day or two and you will be fine.

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I wouldn't expect a full cycling process again, but don't be surprised by a smaller mini-cycle. I'd test the ammonia and nitrites daily just to stay on top of any further unseen disasters. I'd also keep an eye out for any secondary bacterial or fungal infections on your fish; they may have suffered some minor injuries and the stress of the broken tank could weaken their resistance to infection.

Man, 32 gallons on the floor. Every aquarist's worst nightmare. Good luck with the new tank.
 
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