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post #1 of 6 Old 10-27-2009, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Question horrayyyyy ... ummmmmm

ok sooo i got a new house !!!!! i so excited i will even have enough room to make one official fish room for my breeding project that now occupies three rooms.. the issue i guess is the moving in part i have untill mid December to figure it out but i was looking for some ideas and advice... our thought was to drain the tanks down to 50% then wrap with plastic and move them like this.. a friend thought that bagging them and tranporting thier water in containers would be less stressful.. and my 4 year old (gotta love 'em) said we should bag them but still only drain down to 50% and make it like a major water change... any thoughts??

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-27-2009, 03:06 PM
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the water in your tank has barely any good bac. its mostly on all the surfaces in ur tank and in ur filter. take a bad of the tank water put your filter cartridges in them no longer than a day. empty all the water from the tank so that they are easy to move. get bags from a lfs to put ur fish in and maybe a styrofoam container from walmart in the sporting goods section and put all the bags in there. make sure the tanks are the first things you move in. any move for a fish is going to be stressfull. aftedr you get them back in the tank turn the lights off for a day to help with stress.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-27-2009, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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oh thats great!!! thank you.... i was hoping that would be the case i am going to make them the last part of the move so that the new stands are in place and they will only have to spend like two hours tops bagged...

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post #4 of 6 Old 10-27-2009, 03:24 PM
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Bag your fish. Drain the tanks so that the substrate is just barely still covered so that your BB don't die. Don't transport tanks with water in them. There is a HUGE chance of the seals breaking if you do.

Also keep in mind that if the PH at the new house is much different, you will have to give them a bit of time to acclimate to it. Every 10 min or so add a half a cup of new water into their bags until there is more new water than old. I forget which off hand but rapid PH changes interrupt biological process in the fish and they will get stressed to the point of dying.

Congratulations on the new house. Hope the move goes well.

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post #5 of 6 Old 10-27-2009, 04:00 PM
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MOVING I have done my fare share!!!

My wife and I had fish tanks while in the military some years ago.. and we moved our tanks no problem
since them we have moved them several time after.. and we are thinking about ONE LAST MOVE before
we settle down lol
so what we have always done maybe different from others but it has always worked for us with out any fish loss....
traveled some 2200 miles without a fish lost.... anyways.. I have a COOLER.. yeah a BIG COOLER
the kind you buy to put your BEER in to keep it cold.. yeah that kind of COOLER.. lol....
well I transport my fish in it... with a POWER INVERTER hooked to an AIR PUMP... to Oxygenate the Water....
you could do this for at least 1 night.... I have done it for 2 nights but I used a heater to make sure
the water was staying at the set temperature..... anyways.. I went to HOME DEPOT... I purchased like 10 5 gallon buckets and lids.. I drained the water in the buckets... and left only enough water in the tanks
to cover the gravel. YOU DO NOT WANT THE GRAVEL TO DRY OUT.. you will loose your bacteria...
I then proceeded to move and once we set the tank were it was going to stay. I started to poor the
water that was in the 5 gallons buckets back into the tank then added fresh water. and YES
be aware as to what PH levels you might have at the new HOUSE..... I have done this very successfully

hope this helps ya.

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post #6 of 6 Old 10-27-2009, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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you all rock thanx!!!!!!!!!!

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