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post #51 of 55 Old 09-30-2011, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
Fortunatly the new place is only about a 10 minute drive! The temperatures here at the moment are quite cool, so I will hve to watch that. Do u think I should fast the fish before the move, to minimize any ammonia/nitrite spikes when they're set up again? I'm getting nervous about moving them!
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Fortunatly the new place is only about a 10 minute drive! The temperatures here at the moment are quite cool, so I will hve to watch that. Do u think I should fast the fish before the move, to minimize any ammonia/nitrite spikes when they're set up again? I'm getting nervous about moving them!
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Do not feed the fish on the day of the move.

Given the short distance, this is fairly easy to manage. Have everything else connected with moving finished prior to the day of the move so you can concentrate on the fish. Get yourself several 2-3 gallon pails (never used for anything but fish). Siphon tank water into a couple pails [these will be for the fish], about 2/3 full. Pull all rock out and place it in another pail(s) with some tank water. Net the fish into the fish-only pails. Drain the tank. Remove the substrate into another pail with water to just cover. Way you go. At the new place, set the tank where you want it permanently, add the substrate, then the rock. Half fill with fresh tap using a dechlorinator immediately to avoid killing bacteria. Add a bit of tank water to the pails with the fish to top up, then pour the fish and water into the tank.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #53 of 55 Old 10-20-2011, 06:03 AM Thread Starter
Hey everyone just an update, I've moved house now and all went well, I didn't lose any fish :) thanks to everyones advice that is! Was also a good opportunity to change around the scape of the tank so will post some pics soon! Thanks again :)
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post #54 of 55 Old 12-02-2011, 02:14 AM Thread Starter
Just some updated pics on my crazy fish!! They've grown quite a bit and I think my tank is a little too overstocked so I'm looking at trading in some of these guys soon...but i can't decide which ones coz I love them all!!!
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post #55 of 55 Old 12-02-2011, 12:33 PM
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The rift lake cichlids are indeed beautiful fish, and yours are certainly that.

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