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Moving. Whats the best way to move a tank?
Old 12-04-2011, 07:08 PM   #1
 
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Moving. Whats the best way to move a tank?

Hey guys, i will be moving in next couple of weeks and was wondering what the safest way for the fish and plants would be. I have several 5 gal water bottles that i was planning on saving as much water as possible and help the cycling process. I will most likely be moving to a rental for a few months before settling back down again. The tank is 75g and heavily planted and stocked with cardinal tetras, black widow tetras, banded gourami, bloodfin tetras, bronze cory and harley rasbora. More concerned with their wellbeing during the moving process and getting the tank cycled again only to break it right back down in a few months later to do it again. Im open to all suggestions for the safest move possible.

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Old 12-04-2011, 07:14 PM   #2
 
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I have never moved a tank, but I have a buddy that has moved his 75g a couple times. He gets 5g buckets with lids and fills them 1/2 to 3/4 with tank water and adds the fish. He doesn't have live plants but I am sure the same would work for them too. The substrate you could leave in the tank with some water to keep it moist or in more buckets with water.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:03 PM   #3
 
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I like chevysoldier's ideas with the 5 gallon buckets. As far as leaving the gravel in the tank with some water to keep it moist, I'm not sure about. The tank alone is 140lbs empty plus another 80-100lbs of gravel and on top of that however much water is needed to keep the gravel soaked. That could get heavy.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:25 PM   #4
 
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Get some strong friends. ;)
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:31 PM   #5
 
NO - you never move a tank that large with wet substrate in it!!!!
And you don't need the water it has no value - just enough to keep the substrate wet and plants and fish covered.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:35 PM   #6
 
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my buddy left the substrate moist in his 75g.
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my buddy left the substrate moist in his 75g.
A guy in WWII jumped out of a burning aircraft without a parachute and survived...but I'm not gonna try it!
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:05 PM   #8
 
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A guy in WWII jumped out of a burning aircraft without a parachute and survived...but I'm not gonna try it!
Why not? I hear it's a rush. lol
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:09 PM   #9
 
I recently wrote a blog about moving 12 aquariums to my new house. Moving Aquariums to a New Home
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Why not? I hear it's a rush. lol
You gotta wonder...how long does it take to fall 18,000 feet ?
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