I do have a brand new 150 gallon trough.
Excellent!! Have this ready, filled with New Salt water, flow, heat and filtration at the new location ahead of time.
I have new sand I can add to both and toss old save a cup to help establish bacteria.
Toss the Sand! There's not enough trace bacteria to be concerned about, your live Rock in the system contains plenty.
So I fill new tanks with sand/water. What about rock?
No Fill The Trough, and don't worry about the Sand yet (As mentioned above)
I do have new life rock that's been cycling and new life rock that's dry. I want to reuse my current rock as a lot of coral are growing on them. Advice?
Good, your going to need your current Rock Keep it and worry about the Other Stuff when the time comes, right now we are transporting corals.
Do I set up the trough with the new or old water to float everything in? Or do I float in the new tanks?
Set it up with new water, we want absolutely no nutrients in the water column to start out with, Corals love new fresh water, and you don't want to float the corals in this, corals don't live for long in bags. You want to acclimate the corals to this water as it will be holding the corals for a few days.
I will be using the same salt brand mixed to the same salinity so parameters should be close since I do 25% weekly water changes now. Do I cycle new tanks with Dr Tim's ammonia or? Do I just use new life rock temporarily until it's cycled then remove what I don't want when I put my old rock in?
It's good you have the same salt, but ensure you match the salinity, and use the calculators on BRS with some sort of 2 part or whatever your dosing with to match whats in the current setup. Add some Dr Tim's if you like it won't hurt anything, but don't go adding rock that's not cycled into the mix or you will just add headaches.
Any ideas on where to get safe heavy duty bags for transporting/acclimating my current rock? I have plenty for the fish and frags just not the big pieces of rock.
Not positive, I save all my bags from the LFS, maybe hit one of them up and ask if you can buy some?
Are any coolers safe that I can just partially fill with the old saltwater and put rocks directly in without bagging them? They always smell like plastic and worry about leaching chemicals.
Excellent Question, Though considering the primary purpose of cooler I just consider them to be food graded plastics and wouldn't waist too much time worrying about it, though if I'm wrong feel free to correct me on that. Also you probably want to grab some of the stick on heat pad things to put on the bottom of the lid to ensure they stay warm on the trip up @R-3 can you chime in on the brand or what these are called?
I have no friends that can help. Just my girlfriend and I moving.
Ouch that's a bummer! Post a Wanted Help on the forum, state your location and the date, offer something like free beer & pizza similar to that nature, allot of great people here in the club know how much moving sucks and its a good possibility you can find someone to help you get all packed up ready to go (especially since your dealing with Nano's) Just be respectful of their time and have things ready to be packed up and loaded when they get there so their not standing around watching you load couches.
I will be buying an rodi. Since no saltwater stores where we are going. Thoughts on the best one. The city water is well, with no chloramine or chlorine added. Seems very hard according to the water report. Spectrapure won't return my calls. Was thinking of the 6 stage megamax cap unit.
Get whatever you feel like, I have never used a Spectrapure, I currently uses a BRS unit & my TDS is Zero, As long as quality construction is implemented and quality filters are obtained, not sure how you could go wrong with any brand.
So what you Missed is this, You need a 2nd container Maybe an old tank or tote or whatever to take with you or have on site that when you get up there you will take all the livestock from bags and coolers and add to this With the Water you saved from your tanks or that resides in the bags and coolers.(of course with a cheapo powerhead/pump etc and a heater) You will slowly be taking water from that 150 trough and adding it to this container for acclimation. The point is to move everything from the water all the rock and livestock came from into the 150 Gallon trough. You can just of course skip this and acclimate the bags and coolers individually as this is ultimately what you are doing, but I figured grouping it all together opposed to running 15 or more drip lines seemed like an easier method for acclimation, though feel free to use whatever method it is you do.
The 150 Gallon trough becomes your holding tank for a few days while you can take the time to properly set up the new tanks. Lighting & Feeding isn't so important as getting the new tanks positioned, filled, heated etc. Then once they are up and going and parameters are similar you can begin acclimating the corals from the trough to the new tanks (As mentioned since no feeding and water is fresh as long as they match temperatures, not much acclimation will be needed. I once helped someone move 2 tanks just across town who had absolutely no prep work done at all, everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and it was frustrating for everyone involved.