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fishfishfish 05-11-2010 09:29 PM

Moving Aquarium
Hey all,

This is my first post I have a question about moving a tank. I have read that it is absolutely necessary to completely drain the tank and put all the fish in bags in a cooler. I have a 20g tank that is being only being moved less than 1.5 hours away. My question is do i really need to empty everything and take out the fish? I really want to just lower the water to 3 or 4 inches and take out all the bigger unstable decorations. This would leave just the gravel, fish, and a little water in the tank to move it. I live in south Texas so keeping the temperature shouldnt be an issue. The tank would be like this for at most 2 hours so i doubt it would kill the fish. Also is it absolutely necessary to keep the carbon pad from my filter in tank water? thanks

aunt kymmie 05-11-2010 10:52 PM

Welcome to TFK, fishfishfish! If it were me (and it's not!) I would remove most of the water, leaving the substrate with just enough water to keep it wet, in order to preserve your beneficial bacteria. I would bag the fish. Leaving the fish in the tank is going to expose them to a whole lot of sloshing around, no matter how careful you drive. Sloshing all over the place is stressful for fish. In bags the movement won't be so dramatic. I don't use carbon in my tanks so I can't speak to that, someone else will chime in. Once again, welcome!

Mr Fishy 05-11-2010 10:55 PM

Welcome to the board. Your filter media should stay in tank water for sure. If you're using a filter that has the carbon built in to the cartridge then the answer is yes. If the carbon is separate then no, but it would be better to keep all of the filter media in a bucket or bag of tank water for the move. Maybe a little over-cautious, but if it were me I would be putting half of the tank water in a couple of buckets for the move too.

fishfishfish 05-11-2010 11:18 PM

thanks guys,

im going to get some buckets for the move to keep water and my filter cartridge, i thought it was carbon because its the white mesh but it might not be. As for the water sloshing I hadnt really thought about that I was more worried about the stresses on the tank from the gravel and water when its not on a perfectly flat surface. Thanks again.

aunt kymmie 05-11-2010 11:22 PM

I moved a 10gl that had a HUGE layer of gravel in it (a craigslist bargain I had found) and had a one hour commute with it. I didn't even want the gravel but didn't want to make a mess at the guy's house. I had no problems with any "stress" on the tank. I think you'll be just fine. :-)

fishfishfish 05-11-2010 11:35 PM

ok thats good to hear, thanks!

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