03-11-2008, 03:09 PM
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Okay, I've had to move my tanks three times since October and didn't have one fatality. So I'll give you some hints/ideas.
Get a cooler, big hard plastic ones with the nozzle at the bottom so you can drain at the water easily and add more water when needed. I used the tank water to practically fill the cooler and added the fish. Water changes with a nozzle was very easy. Plus, it's better insulated than just a 5 gallon bucket.
My hang on the back filters fit on the cooler so I didn't have to rush to add them to the tank and when I could get to electricity, I used them when I could. If you're moving a 1,000 miles it'll be a bit harder of course, but I'm sure you won't drive all at once without a night in a motel or something.
I forgot how many quarts my cooler is, but it took two of use to move and make sure you keep it shut good while in transport because water will spill out a bit if you don't close it good.
I've moved my tanks a total of 5 times and each time became easier as I tried new stuff out. I first tried the bagged method, but I lost some fish the first and second moves and ended up just filling up the cooler and it's been smooth since.
Just remember, to take your time to set your tank up. One of my moves, I rushed and my tank wasn't level, one side was over an inch higher than the other. That's why I'm glad my filter fit on the cooler, I had a extra day or so to set up the tank and make sure everything was alright with cycling.