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post #1 of 9 Old 08-17-2010, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Moving!!!

Hi everyone! This forum is great.

Anyway here is my problem. I'm moving and I would like to move my fish and tank with as little loss of fish as possible.

Specs on the tank:

20 gallon planted with a piece of mopani drift wood.

Fish:

3 Lemon Tetras
3 serpae tetras
3 Zebra Danios
A bunch of ghost shrimp
and my Greman Blue Ram

How do you all think I should move this tank? Also the drive is about 5 hours!!!

Thanks!!!
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-17-2010, 09:41 AM
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hey nukes90 and welcome to TFK!!!!

moving fish doesn't need to be a big hassle and can be done easily, and relatively cheap too. here's how I moved my entire 55G tank about a year ago, traveled about 3.5 hours and didn't lose a fish.

I would stop at Lowes or Home depot (if you have one) any local hardware store really and pick up 3 or4 of their five gallon buckets with lids. Here's what I would put in each bucket:

note: each bucket's water should be water for your tank

bucket 1 - fill about 1/2 with water and add all your fish to this bucket
bucket 2 - fill with all your gravel/substrate and and decor you have and fill with water to keep the gravel wet(this will keep your beneficial bacteria alive)
bucket 3 - take apart your filter and any filter media you have, heaters and any decor that wouldn't fit in bucket two....fill with water to keep media completely submerged
bucket 4 - remove your plants and put in bucket with the remaining water.

I would put all the buckets in front of your car/truck if you can...to keep an eye on them.

when you get to your destination, your first step should be setting up your tank. You can set-up the tank and get it running.

hope this helps! good luck with the move!

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-17-2010, 10:45 AM
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For twenty gallon tank, I would drain half the tank into five gallon bucket(s) and place the filter material and the wood and any other decor in the bucket. Would leave the fish and gravel with remaining one half of water in the tank, and provide battery operated air stone that can be found at Walmart in fishing department.
Am near certain that the water will not get too cool for tetras but the ram will do poorly if water gets too cool for too long.
When you get to the new place,remove the filter material and decor from the bucket and place it in the filter and plug in the heater and filter and fill the tank with a mixture of new water ,and water from the bucket using dechlorinator for new water added. Would make new water perhaps a little warmer to help the tank heat more quickly.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.

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this helps me too.. I constantly move but I haven't yet had to do it with a 1.5g,10g, 37g, &55g..this is going to get interesting. i knew I should be able to get a battery powered air stone somewhere..that will work for air but how do you keep discus warm? Do they make a battery powered heater too?

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I believe so. If all else fails you can always buy a power inverter for your car.

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Thanks, I didn't even know they made those..what will they think of next?

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I"m sure that heaters and air stones which can plug directly into your car's Ac.dc plug isn't far away....in fact we could be millionaires....**quickly runs to draft a patent*** haha

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this helps me too.. I constantly move but I haven't yet had to do it with a 1.5g,10g, 37g, &55g..this is going to get interesting. i knew I should be able to get a battery powered air stone somewhere..that will work for air but how do you keep discus warm? Do they make a battery powered heater too?

When I purchased a few of the Discus I kept ,they were from a breeder who lived 35 miles away.
He provided a styrofoam (sp) conatiner and small heat packs which were taped to the lid of the cooler/container.
I have found that hand warmers that are often sold for hunters to use during winter months work well also.
Sometimes your local fish store may be willing to let you have a shipping box (styrofoam) that they receive fish in. I try and keep a few of these on hand for the ride home from various fish stores when purchasing fish during winter months.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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When I purchased a few of the Discus I kept ,they were from a breeder who lived 35 miles away.
He provided a styrofoam (sp) conatiner and small heat packs which were taped to the lid of the cooler/container.
I have found that hand warmers that are often sold for hunters to use during winter months work well also.
Sometimes your local fish store may be willing to let you have a shipping box (styrofoam) that they receive fish in. I try and keep a few of these on hand for the ride home from various fish stores when purchasing fish during winter months.

Well there is a good chance that I will be moving hours and hours away. Out of the last 2 times I have moved the one time I was on the road for 16+hours..then this last time I moved was 29+ hours ..over days of course. Basically cross country trips..so I am thinking my best option is the power inverter..the hand warmers are a good idea..didn't even think of that.

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