well I'm moving soon from Florida to New Mexico (a long way!!), and have a question about one particular fish of mine. I've given all of my other fish either to friends in town who keep fish, or returned them to the LFS, but I have one large Jack Dempsey cichlid (~8") that I would love to keep if possible. However, I have a couple of concerns which I'll outline; please let me know your opinions on whether or not I should risk him by trying to keep him, or if I need to hand him off to someone here and start new when I get to my new home.
First, its simply a long trip... the drive itself will likely be a two-day trek, and the logistics of the moving crew hired by my company may make the total trip time of the aquarium itself closer to four days. I suppose I could try the battery-operated heater and battery-operated air pump, but in your opinions, would that be too impractical or risky for such a long trip?
And secondly, I imagine by taking the tank apart, moving it, and setting it back up, it will go through a cycle all over again. I have no desire to put my prize Jack Dempsey through a cycle and risk his life. Is there any suggestions on ways around it?
So basically, is there any way that I can keep my JD on this move? Or should I give him up to someone local, and start over with new fish when I get where I'm going? Any advice, wisdom, and experience to share would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!