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post #1 of 4 Old 06-28-2010, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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Question Moving suggestions

Hello everyone!

I am moving in a few days, and I would like any advice that anyone has to offer about moving my fish and aquarium.

About 10 years ago, when I thought all there was to fish keeping was putting water in a tank, putting fish in it, and feeding them, I had a 10-gallon loaded with WAY too many fish. I just drained about 3/4 of the water out of the tank, tossed it in a uhaul trailer and drove across the country. Surprisingly, all of the fish survived!

Now that I know a bit more, I realize that probably wasn't the best way to move them.

Anyway, I just have a 10-gallon with snails, some other fishes and a betta.

I'm only moving about a mile away, so would it be OK to do what I did before...just drain a majority of the water out of the tank and leave the fish in it?

Or would it be better to take them out? If so, should I get some bags from the fish store and bag them up? Put them all in a bucket (probably not with the betta - he'd kill everyone)?

One other thing: Do I need to worry about the "bio-holster" in my filter when moving? Do I need to leave water in the filter in order for the bacteria to survive?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Thanks in advance for your help!
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-28-2010, 01:24 AM
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In a ten gallon tank, I would think removing a portion of water and leaving the fish in the tank would be fine considering you are only moving a mile?
Would add a battery operated air stone perhaps to the tank during the move. have used these myself and they are often found in fishing department at Walmart.
Would remove the Bio-holster if possible and leave it in the aquarium water during the move or as you suggested fill it with aquarium water .
Would try to make the move quick and get the tank back up and running as soon as I could at the new place.
In this way the temp won't drop too awfully much and bacteria won't begin to die off.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-28-2010, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Thanks..

as always! I think you've answered about every single one of my posts, and helped me get my tank cycled, when I first got it.

I appreciate it!
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as always! I think you've answered about every single one of my posts, and helped me get my tank cycled, when I first got it.

I appreciate it!
You are welcome. It is my aim to help folks avoid problems and enjoy the hobby as much as I do.

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