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post #1 of 6 Old 06-03-2010, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Tips for moving an aquarium?

I have to move out of the dorms by next friday and the tank needs to go soon. I don't live too far from campus, it's a 30 minute drive with 26 miles.

Are there any tips for this or should I just siphon out most of the water and drive?

It's a 9 gallon biube
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-03-2010, 08:02 PM
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Ok. What kind of fish are in it?

Tanks are not made to be transported with water in them. Most likely if you do, the torque on the corners will split the seams, I know you do not want that.

here is what I did, I had a 200 mile 3 hour drive.

I took half of my water and put it in buckets with the gravel and filter media all in the buckets with the water to keep my BB alive.

Bagged all my different types of fish and put them into a Styrofoam cooler. Emptied both of my tanks all the way. Transported back, then I set up my tanks first thing when I got back. Easy as pie, didn't lose any fish and didn't cycle again. Just take your time during the process and do it right then you won't lose any of your fish.

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Ok. What kind of fish are in it?

Tanks are not made to be transported with water in them. Most likely if you do, the torque on the corners will split the seams, I know you do not want that.

here is what I did, I had a 200 mile 3 hour drive.

I took half of my water and put it in buckets with the gravel and filter media all in the buckets with the water to keep my BB alive.

Bagged all my different types of fish and put them into a Styrofoam cooler. Emptied both of my tanks all the way. Transported back, then I set up my tanks first thing when I got back. Easy as pie, didn't lose any fish and didn't cycle again. Just take your time during the process and do it right then you won't lose any of your fish.

Private message me if you have more questions.
All my fish are freshwater, danios, tetras, gobys, shrimps, ottos, hillstream loach and one snail

Do seams apply to the biube? I don't think it really has seams http://www.tropicalfishstore.com/ima...blk_hi-res.jpg

And I'll do what you suggested.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-03-2010, 11:58 PM
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What about the bottom piece? Should still have a sealer there, although not as fragile as side seams the vibration might be a worry.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-04-2010, 02:48 AM
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empty all the water from the tank,there isn't any point in keeping it.
as said already about bagging up,as long as the filter media and the gravel are
kept wet,it will be ok.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-04-2010, 11:30 AM
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What about the bottom piece? Should still have a sealer there, although not as fragile as side seams the vibration might be a worry.
Don't leave water, I know horror stories. Better safe than sorry and having your car soaked and having to buy a new tank! Think about that.

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