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post #1 of 4 Old 08-13-2012, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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Best way to move fish? Help?

I'm moving.

A friend is driving down with my belongings. I am flying down.

In order for this to work, I need to have my fish tank disassembled by Thursday at noon. My friend will drive down Friday with my fish and the aquarium will be up by Friday at 5PM.

My fish are: two neon tetra, a molly, a pladdy, dwarf frog, betta fish, pleco.

I don't know how to handle this. Can I place them in a plastic bag for a day and a half? The betta, sure, but the other ones? What about heating, etc
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-13-2012, 11:01 AM
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Easiest thing is to just rehome them because IMO the neons need a bigger group and it wouldn't be good to risk the life of the animal if you can only place in plastic bags.

Now if you had a 55 gal tub to put them in and the ac/dc converter so you can plug the temp probe in during the drive. The bigger the amount of water, the more ammonia it takes for it to become toxic. Also add prime to detoxify the chemicals that are toxic for them.

Lastly the reason I say rehome is because do you know the water parameters of the place you are moving to? Because I believe platys need basic water
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-14-2012, 11:02 AM
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I would agree. These fish are quite readily available in the hobby, and it wuld be less effort and risk to re-home them and then start with new fish when the tank is set up.

I have moved fish, some 250, over a 12 hour period, and I lost several. It was not easy, and I learned a few things if I should have to do this again. So much can go wrong, not always forseen as possible.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-14-2012, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Best way to move fish? Help?

Does this plan sound like an OK idea?

I have two neon tetra, a platty, a black molly, a pleco, a betta fish, and a dwarf frog.

I have an equal number of little tupperware containers that hold twice the amount of water in your typical betta bag filled at 1/3 while STILL only being half full. So the air is 1/2 and the water is 1/2.

My mom plans to place each fish into these containers, which I will fill and set out the night before. I've told her to put the lid and shake shake shake BEFORE putting any fish in, to oxygenate the water. Then we are placing them all in a Styrofoam container which will be carried in the passenger seat of the car.

I've told my mom to check them maybe once or twice during the drive. If they appear to be gasping for breath, take of the lid, let some air get in there, replace lid.

I'll set up the tank right after they arrive. I have that solution you pour in to replicate a cycle.


Edit: I moved this post into the earlier thread on the same topic. Byron.

Last edited by Byron; 08-14-2012 at 12:56 PM. Reason: merge identical threads
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