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coley 07-29-2007 06:05 PM

Transporting a "set up tank"?
 
I have a chance to pick up a 10 gallon that's all set up including two Panda Corys, an Oto, plants, lights, heater, filter, ect for a good price.

How would I go about getting it home? I have about a 45 minute drive. I figure I can put the fish in a bucket or bag and the tank I can empty a little and cover with stretch wrap to keep it from spilling. I guess I'd also have to keep the filter media wet.

So, who's done this and how did you do it?

Thanks

Lupin 07-29-2007 06:15 PM

First of all, prepare an airpump with a tubing to serve as the oxygen supplier. Ask your lfs for plastic bags and rubber bands if you haven't. Pack all the fish in the bag and be sure to double or triple-bagged it so puncturing by spines will not easily happen. Tape the corners of the bag so the fish won't be trapped and suffocated to death. Place the bag in the stryofoam box afterwards. The filter media should be kept wet as much as possible. Place it in another bag and pack it the same way as the fish. Weird routine to me though.:lol:

If the plants are live, pack them the same way as the fish. 45 minutes isn't long. Good luck with the move.;)

coley 07-29-2007 06:44 PM

Thanks Lupin, but I'm not sure I follow you. I understand packing the fish in 2 or 3 bags, but I don't get the tape the corner part.

fish_4_all 07-29-2007 08:14 PM

You really want to reomve the fish, into either bags or a storage container that will seal air tight and keep it in a cooler at room temp or as close to 78F as possible.

You also want to remove all the water and all the rocks into buckets in order to protect the bottom of the tank from bumps and jostles that could lead to the tank bottom or side breaking. Transport the tank damp, you don't need to dry it completely and make sure to keep the media from the filters wet in one of the buckets.

assualt911 07-29-2007 08:22 PM

what hes trying to say is tape the bottom corners of where the opening is of the ziplock or w/e bag cause the fish's fin can get stuck in there and rip n tear. i dont usually have to worry cause im usually a 10-15 min drive but 45 id get worried about them and the corners.

Lupin 07-29-2007 09:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by assualt911
what hes trying to say is tape the bottom corners of where the opening is of the ziplock or w/e bag cause the fish's fin can get stuck in there and rip n tear. i dont usually have to worry cause im usually a 10-15 min drive but 45 id get worried about them and the corners.

Exactly. Another is that the fish often get themselves trapped in the corner and will eventually suffocate while struggling to get out of it. I often do this routine whenever I buy tetras and other small fish. I observed some of the rummy-nose tetras before doing this and eventually dying while on transit.:(

coley 07-30-2007 03:39 AM

Okay, now I get it. Thanks.

coley 08-01-2007 06:22 PM

Everything went smooth. The tank is set up again and the fish look healthy. Thanks for the suggestions. I took two 5 gallon pails. One for the fish with a battery air pump, the other for the drift wood and plants. I left a little in the aquarium with the filter media. I add a pic when the water clears up.

assualt911 08-01-2007 11:28 PM

cool, hopefully you can put a pic up of it!


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