09-02-2009, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by catfishtabbi
I had good results when i had my tank moved !
1) removed heavy items ( slate, driftwood
2) syphoned tank water into water storage jugs ( used when buying my r/o )
3) LEFT 6" Of water in the tank along wit FISH and PLANTS
4) replaced every thing immediately upon arrival at our new house.
I vacc'd each day for three days before the move so debri would be minimal. I also moved a short distance.Just be careful not to tilt the tank so you dont stir up the sand/ gravel, i have black sand.
This can work (as it appears to have for you) with smaller tanks, but I would not move anything over a 20g in this manner. It risks breaking the silicone seal with the pressure/weight from the substrate and water moving. Larger tanks like a 55g should be completely emptied before lifting them.
Agree with others' comments on moving substrate for bacteria, etc., just don't let it dry (kills the bacteria), same for wood and rocks in the tank, if they remain wet and warm the bacteria can survive for several hours. Don't save the water (except that the fish are in obviously) as it is useless and actually detrimental. And adding a biological supplement when you set up the tank with the fish in it won't do any harm, Seachem's "Stability" is my favourite, "Cycle' also works, plus the conditioner of course.