12-11-2007, 09:26 AM
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This is how I moved a planted 10 gallon.
I bought two 5 gallon buckets w/lids and rinsed them out really good. I also bought a battery powered air pump, painters tape (blue masking tape) and a small air stone.
I transfered about 4 gallons into a bucket and put the plants, driftwood, decorations and filter media inside and snapped the lid on.
The transfered about 3 gallons of water into second bucket for the fish. I drilled a 1/4 inch hole in the lid, ran 1/4 air line tubing through for the pump and stone. Put the lid on and turned the pump on. Put this bucket in your car last and remove it first.
That left me with about 2 gallons of water left in the tank. Just enough to cover the substrate. I taped it all up with painters tape just to be safe and I secured the tank in my car trunk.
I kept the fish and plants inside the car so they didn't get too cold or hot.
As soon as you get to the place your going, snap the lid off of the fish pail,
then set your tank where you want it, replace plants, decorations, and water. Let it run for a little while to clear the water and then put your fish in.
I had zero losses and no mini cycle.