I am a rather new Malawi hobbiest. Here is my situation...
I have an assortment of 6 (2" to 3") Malawi Cichlids (4 Peacocks, an Electric Yellow, and a Hap. Venustus) in a well-run 29 gallon tank. This tank was given to me. When I decided to start the tank, my intentions were to upgrade to a much larger tank at a later date. Basically, I wanted to see how hard it would be first.
I am going to be purchasing a 72-gal bow-front tank in the near future. I have decided on a Cascade 1500 for the filtration.
My problem is that I do not know the best way to make the switch. I know I should re-use the gravel from my 29-gal but I do not know when to transfer it. I plan to leave both tanks up for a few days. Should I take the fish out before I move the gravel? It seems like moving the gravel around would kick up a lot of junk in the 29-gal. When should I transfer the fish to the new tank? What do I do with the fish while I am transfering stuff between tanks?
Please give me some steps to take to complete this tank switching process. I have a feeling that somebody out there has done this before. Thanks!