10-23-2007, 08:30 AM
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When i moved my 35g into a new room, i simply took out 1/2 the water as if doing a 50% water change, then me and my housemate were able to slide it into another room, rather than lifting it. Once i got it in it's new place i simply carried on with the water change.
I was a little worried, as we left te fish in it, about the stress i was causing, but i figured it was less than emptying the whole thing, chasing them all with nets, putting them in bags and so on.
But do be careful about your back, make sure that you can cope with the weight of the 55, and take out more water if needed, and if it's still too heavy then yeah, go with the plan to empty it all out and move it empty.
I don't know what your decor is, but make sure that any heavy rocks are taken out first, not only to save you carrying them in the tank, but also it you are shifting it they might fall over and smash the tank, which wouldn't be fun for anyone!
Hope it all goes well, let us know!