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how to move a tank across the room?
Old 08-12-2012, 03:22 PM   #1
 
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how to move a tank across the room?

can i just empty all the water and leave the rocks plants and driftwood in there and put eggcrate behind the rocks to protect the glass? also could i leave a little water so my catish can swim around since i dont think ill be able to get them out. would it be easier to put the new stand in front of the old one and then move the stand where i need it?
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:30 PM   #2
 
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You're going to need to move it on a stand or on a sturdy piece of wood so the bottom doesn't break out. You'll want to get out as much water as you can but I would still leave enough to keep the substrate wet cause that has a lot of your beneficial bacteria in it. If you're going to leave fish in there just be very careful not to tip the tank so they might get stuck without water.. I imagine that'd be pretty stressful on them, and the move by itself will be stressful enough. Good call on using egg crate. If you can lay anything down or tank anything out though I would personally do that.. guess it depends on how everything n your tank is set up though.
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:35 PM   #3
 
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so the best option would be to lift it onto the temporary stand and then move it to the temporary location? see i have to fix the stand its on bc its bowing so while im doing that im going to use a 180 gallon stand.

does it matter where i place it on the 180 gallon stand?
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:40 PM   #4
 
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As long as the 180 has sufficient and even support it wouldn't matter much, but if you stick.it towards the middle that would probably be best without actually knowing what the stand looks/how it's built like itself.

I just know that if you're moving the tank with any substantial weight in it you need something under it to support the glass. If you can't really slide the tank from one stand to the other, you'll probably want to slide a piece of wood under it for support while you're moving it. In this case, I don't think it matters if you move it to the stand, or put it on the new stand and move it then.. it'd just be whichever is easier for you.
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:39 PM   #5
 
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really? bc weve moved the tank with just substrate in it before. i guess i could get some wood. seems harder to do though.
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:00 PM   #6
 
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Well, how big is the tank?
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:00 PM   #7
 
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55 gallon
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:06 PM   #8
 
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Whoa, yeah.. for that large of a tank I would be very scared to move it without something supporting the bottom. That's a lot of weight on that one piece of glass. It might seem like a pain, but I can't imagine cleaning up the contents of a busted 55gal being any better.
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:17 PM   #9
 
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This mignt not be the "Ideal" way to move a tank But I have moved my 55 gallon several times by just getting all the water out that I could. Leaving the substrate in the tank. I did take everything else out including rocks and driftwood even the plants. I have never had the tank crack or bust yet. Though I might just be lucky.
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:27 PM   #10
 
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can someone explain to me how it would crack? the glass never touches the stand anyway. just wondering.

how would i do the wood thing? i could just see it falling over way easier.
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