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dramaqueen 09-05-2008 05:54 PM

Moving an aquarium to a new house.
A friend of mine is moving and wants to know how to move her aquarium and fish properly so she doesn't lose any. What should she put the fish in to transport them? Could she leave just a bit of water in the tank when she moves it? Could she move it in such a way that she wouldn't have to start cycling all over again? Thanks.

MARIOPARTY53 09-05-2008 06:03 PM

Re: Moving an aquarium to a new house.

Well, get buckets and tank the tank water out into the buckets, and keep the fish in one of the buckets(biggest) and filter everything etc and then move the tank, fill it back up and your done

willow 09-05-2008 06:24 PM

personally,i'd go to the fish store and ask them for some bags,
bag the fish up in the tank water then wrapp the bags in news paper,
keeps the warmth in,you could ask in a fish mongers if they have
poly fish crates they don't want,and put the fish bags in there.
please don't move the tank with water in it,you risk it breaking.
once she puts everything back together she will need
to test the water to check for a mini cycle,disturbing the tank
will stir up mulm(?) and debris,so it asks much of the filter
to completly return to normal.
what fish does she have,as some need catching in tubs/jars
instead of nets for the safty of herself and the fish.

SST 09-05-2008 06:26 PM

Clean buckets that have not had detergent in them will work.

When I acquired my 29 gal from a friend, we put the fish in one 5 gal bucket (there were only 3 fish so there was plenty of room). I took a second 5 gal. full of water and a third with the filter, decor, etc. We drained all but enough water to barely cover the gravel, and that was a huge risk for breakage.

I put it all back together at home, refilled with fresh water and the salvaged water, and was done. Fortunately, we didn't break the cycle, but also since there were only 3 fish, the bio load was pretty small. When I tested the next day I had 10 ppm of nitrates. My friend had wanted to clean the tank and the filter and give it to me all pretty and was astounded when I almost shouted NO!

So, keep as much water as possible. Keep the filter pads, gravel, decor wet, and drain the tank.

Good luck!

dramaqueen 09-05-2008 06:45 PM

She's not moving very far, just about 10 minutes away so I don't think there would be as much chance for breakage as a long distance move. I'll tell her to have some buckets ready and to save as much water as possible.

okiemavis 09-05-2008 07:24 PM

There's def a chance of breakage, as most of it comes from picking up and putting down.

The most important thing to avoiding a mini-cycle is to make sure you keep the gravel and filter media wet. Obviously keeping water is good too :)

Bagging the betta, or asking your LFS for a spare betta cup will work just fine, there's not many worries about moving the actual fish, seeing as they're kept in those cups for 1 month+ at the fish store.

dramaqueen 09-05-2008 07:39 PM

I'm sorry, I should have said what kind of fish they were. I think they're tetras and maybe some mollies, I'm not real sure.

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