04-28-2008, 07:24 AM
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I'm not sure if this is the case with a 10 gallon tank with 5 gallons of water in it, but I was told that, at least with regard to larger tanks, any amount of water swooshing around in the tank while it is moved can cause enough stress on the glass to break it. This may not be accurate and I'm sure somebody else will point it out if that's the case.
When we moved our 55 gallon saltwater tank we bought two huge plastic garbage bins on wheels, filled them each half way, and had the movers load the water bins onto the moving truck like anything else. We put the fish in plastic bags for the trip just like the LFS does because it wasn't too far.
I wouldn't think you'd have to lose any of your water... buy a few plastic 5 gallon buckets from Home Depot., Loews, or whatever you have near you, fill them with the water, secure the lids with a lot of plastic wrap, etc., and carry them to the car. Put the fish in plastic bags just like your LFS does. Be sure to capture as much air as possible in the bags when you close them.
When you get home, fill the empty tank with your own water, put your fish in, and you're set.
Hope this helps :)