Moving with fish questions
So my husband and I have decided that when our lease is up in March that we are going to find a different place to live (in the same town). On top of that, we have had some unexpected financial problems come up, so I won't be able to start investing time and money into the 55 gallon like I want to until probably end of November or December.
Should I wait until after we move to start setting it up the way I want?
How hard is it to move a tank this size and all of its inhabitants?
How do you transport fish without stressing them out too much?
I've been considering DIYing a divider for the 55gal and putting everything from the 10gal into it. (Falkor, Dozer, and the Shrimps, and all the plants and driftwood)
Using the divider because the flow from the filter is way too strong for a betta, and right now I only have one light for it.
This would just be temporary until we move, then I am going to get him a 20-30 gallon aquarium and turn the 55 into the biotope I've been planning.
I just really hate to leave it unoccupied and filled with water for so long.
I'm no expert, but I would think you would be better off waiting (I know it's hard lol). Are the Berta the shrimps and the snail the only ones you have now? Because if that's all, I definitely say wait. As far as moving goes, I'm moving in December and just planning on using a 5 gallon bucket (one per tank, I have a breeding tank divided for a pair of plattys and some cherry shrimp, a 10 gallon with one Dalmation Molly, a cherry barb, one male guppy and a nitrate snail, and a 55 gallon african cichlid tank with 7 cichlids, a raphael cat and a blue crawfish) I might use 2 buckets for that one tho, it's a lot of fish lol. But anyways, just make sure you keep some gravel, decorations and rocks or driftwood IN THE BUCKET WITH THE FISH to keep up the good bacteria when you set up again. And dechlorinize the water BEFORE adding those decorations back into the tank. Chlorine kills nitrates and if that happens you have to re cycle your tank. Also, make sure you get them back into the tank as soon as possible due to the fact that there is no air circulation in your bucket. Have your husband help you drain the tanks to make things go a lot quicker. Maybe even make one trip for them alone so you can be super quick. There are some chemicals that say they reduce stress, you might want to look into those, I plan to. But like I said, I am by no means an expert and I have never moved fish, this is just my opinion. Hope this helps!. ~Bree
2---> This depends on what fish are in the tank, the tank itself isn't difficult at all. It's disassembling the tanks components (Filter/plants/etc).
3---> This depends on the length of the move. Your aquarium should be the last thing you move, take everything there and get it inside and then come back and get your aquarium because you are going to want to get it moved and setup as soon as possible after the move.
Transportation can be done easily by using the same method the fish store uses when you buy them. Go there and ask if they will give you some plastic bags or go buy some from walmart and then put them in the bags and be on your way. Always make sure you add air to the bag and not just tie it like a grocery bag.
Make sure you use your aquarium water when filling the bag because you are going to want some of that water to go back into the tank, also make sure if you do have to move the tank that you keep all filter media and decor wet so you can preserve the bacterial colony.
Hope this helps.
Thanks everyone. I figured I should wait but I just wanted to make sure (cuz I REALLY REALLY want to get this started XD )
I am probably going to move everything from the 10 gallon over to the 55 for the time being since I really don't want to lose the BB in the tank by draining it. Then 10 will be turned into my QT and I will probably be getting a 20 gallon (long? probably) for Falkor, Dozer and the shrimps. But that will be after the move.
Now I just have to hold out hope that we will find a decently sized place to live.
AHHHHH! Bummer! I was looking forward to that tank! But it's better to wait, I agree - having just set up a 55g, I'd be terrified of the move. Plus it'll give you more time to do research and fine-tune your ideas. :)
If you DO set it up, you would definitely have to move it last, as stated in the PPs - but remember that you also just moved into a new house and won't be able to FIND anything for a week or two. Setting up the tank will have to be the first priority, but moving is stressful enough without all that! And I don't know about you, but when I've moved in the past, I tend to end up re-arranging furniture a few times before I get it right. Can't really move the tank around. You'll really want to be on top of monitoring for any toxins for the first week or so, and possibly have to do more than your normal amount of water changes. even if you manage to get everything moved and keep the beneficial bacteria living from point A to point B, you will most likely still have some fallout from stirring things up to such an extent. . . just not worth the risk if it isn't totally necessary!
I personally think that the best way to transport fish in a situation like this is in a bucket with a lid. They're gonna be stressed no matter what you do, but keeping them in a darkened environment will keep them calmer. I'd wrap the bucket in a blanket to keep the temp as stable as possible, and put a small heater (if needed) and an airstone in, so you can plug them up ASAP while setting up the tank. A bucket loses heat very quickly, and rapid temperature change is not a good thing - and I imagine that a bucket won't have the best airflow!
Yeah. . . wait for it. It'll be SO much cooler when it's all done and in a snazzy new place! Good luck on the apartment search. Moving can be such a nightmare, but it's also really exciting! Congratulations in advance on your awesome new apartment with the PERFECT spot for the soon-to-be GORGEOUS 55g tank! :)
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