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here comes the fear...
Old 12-10-2009, 09:09 PM   #1
 
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Unhappy here comes the fear...

next Saturday is the big move!!!! we are all set to sign and start getting all the stuff into the house.. then comes the 6 tanks that are up and running....:fr ustrated:..... so that works out to 14 guppies, 4 gouramies, three sward tails, 13 platties, 1 Australian rainbow, 3 tetra's, 1 balloon molly, and about 25-30 fry (4 platty the rest guppies)..... here is my plan in detail i know i asked before but i want to be sure i have it down:
Move everything else in the house (heat and power sill on in old place)
get spaces set up at new house (stop feeding fish)
return to old place (next day)
bag every one up based on tank they live in (multiple bags where needed)
put every one in a cooler and close lid to hold temp for as long as possible
drain tanks down to just above gravel to preserve BB
move tanks as they are
using start right refill tanks at temp fish are used to in each tank
float for ten to fifteen min
let em loose
as we are moving accross town counting drain time, move and refill i figure they should be in the bags for about 2-3 hours tops. now as they usually transport longer than that i think they will be ok.. any oppinions welcome i dont want to lose the whole bunch a few would suck all of them would really frusterate me...
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:13 PM   #2
 
[quote=bearwithfish;288022] next Saturday is the big move!!!! we are all set to sign and start getting all the stuff into the house.. then comes the 6 tanks that are up and running....:fr ustrated:..... so that works out to 14 guppies, 4 gouramies, three sward tails, 13 platties, 1 Australian rainbow, 3 tetra's, 1 balloon molly, and about 25-30 fry (4 platty the rest guppies).....

And a partridge in a pear tree!! lol Good luck with the move.
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:15 PM   #3
 
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Well I've never had to move a tank but seeing that fish will survive in bags from the store for well over 12 hours if the temperature is right (from what I was told anyway), your plan sounds good to me.

Good luck with the move!
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:16 PM   #4
 
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and the Canadian version to that song dramaqueen... "and a beer... in a tree"
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:40 PM   #5
 
lol!! 4 gouramies, 14 guppies, etc made me think oof that song. lol
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:16 PM   #6
 
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Man you sure picked a good weather for your move, hope for y'all up there it'll get better till then.
Just just a few more ideas from my end having done that mess before...
If you ain't got enough cooler what also helps is the Styrofoam "coolers" from Walmart.
Also what helps during catching is using the bigger fish net's (~5" wide) AND drain half the tanks.
If you can have someone help ya (family friends) to refill at new location with warmish tap water to get tanks set up quicker that's also a plus (breaking down is quicker then set up).
Before you let them loose make sure the water has a proper Temp (if not dial heat up).
All the fry may be tricky since they're so young & touchy.
What I did instead of bags (and that also keep them a LITTLE warmer and stress free) random buckets with lids (old ice cream buckets etc).
In between all: Make sure whatever filters you got they stay WET with the tank water and not expose to extreme Temps neither!
Calculate more time in - 6 tanks catching, draining, packing up, moving refill etc...that's gonna be some more then only 2 hrs (unless its all 5g tanks lol)

Others then that: GOOD LUCK and a lotta patience
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:24 AM   #7
 
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no they are noy small tanks well not all of them at this time its 1-5gal, 2-10gal, 2-20gal, 1-30gal, oh and i forgot about the oldest daughters 1gal and Betta.
dramaqueen you are to funny i was thinking the same thing especially when thinking of the other non-fish pets three hermit crabs three cats and two black bear hamsters.
as for time on the other end we have a thermometer to instantly check water so it will be set for each tank (i labeled the temps on them last night) and we will use multiple sinks and all hands on deck to get them filled as fast as possible.
i was looking at obviously buying a larger quantity of start-right for such a huge undertaking and i found the product in powder form.. i am curious has any one used it in this form and does it take longer than the liquid we usually utilize?
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:08 AM   #8
 
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Couldn't help with the power stuff.
As long as you keep your gravel & filter wet and have no delay's in which they'll be standing outside getting frozen, you'll do fine!
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:27 AM   #9
 
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oh no once drained down they wait until all are ready then out in the warmed van right away (each person carries one) and then straight in the house to there new location with a call ahead to get water on stand by... really being over careful here just very very worried
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