11-04-2011, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Mikaila31
IMO moving a 29 gallon home for a month then back to school is barely going to be worth the effort. If it was a 10 or something it would be different. Even though a proper move isn;t going to harm your cycle, you are still going to disrupt the tank. It would likely take a couple weeks to a month for it to rebalance to new waters and then your gonna be close to moving it back. This is going to be hard on your rummies and cories. I personally would find someone to just to minimal maintenance feed twice a week, figure out a way to get one water change done in the middle of the month.
If you do chose to move them, use bags not buckets. Bag them with 2/3 air 1/3 water, don't put too many fish in a bag. Fast the fish for a few days before and don't add any extra chemicals to the bags. Then put the bags in a cooler, if the cooler has extra space you can use some hot water bottles if you want, but this isn't necessary. Keep the cooler closed and dark. A 2 hour drive is nothing really. Bag your filter media the same way as the fish. If you were looking at a really long time in the bags putting a little cube of mature media in each bag is a trick shippers use. The sand and decor I would also bag, or you can bucket it. You can leave the sand in the tank, but its generally not suggested. I've transported many tanks before with weight in them, but I deal generally with pretty cheap used breeder quality tanks. Don't leave any extra water though, the sand is going to stay wet without it. You also don't even need to keep the sand wet or even moist.
I've moved my fair share of tanks. Most all my fish come from auctions though and these tend to last 6 hours or more. During this time all fish are in bags. They are laid out on tables and looked through/picked up by usually a couple hundred people. The vast majority of fish survive this including discus and a lot of young fish fry. My loss rate is normally 0 for whatever I buy and they spend about 8 hours in their bags. Healthy fish can take a lot of stress as long as it is not drawn out over a really long amount of time. Longest fish I've ever had in a bag were my 6 panda garras and they spent 4 days in the mail.
I've never really watched light adjustment. Most my tanks go from very dark to very bright instantly every morning when the lights come on.
Correctly done there should be no disruption of the cycle, however a cycled tank is not the same as a balanced or mature tank. Your loosing both of the latter when you move a tank.
There is no way for me to find anyone to feed at all. It is a small college town and when break starts...everyone goes home. All of my friends are going home and there is not going to be anyone that I know here in town to do such a thing...