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lioness501 09-28-2007 11:39 AM

moving house
hi guys! i know there r propbably loads of posts here somewhere on the same topic. i am due to move house very soon and i think the mammoth task has to b the tanks. how???? im gonna borrow water containers from the staff at my lfs, but wat do i do with the fish? bag them up? i have got kuli loaches and 2 horse faced loaches that are not gonna b easy to catch. please can someone give me some advise. should the tanks be the first thing i move or the last? im so anxious about this, i dont wanna risk losing any of my babies thanks in advance, oh and im only moving 2-3 miles away so the journey will be a short one!

JouteiMike 09-28-2007 11:55 AM

Few key points:

-Bagging them up is something you can do - just like how they are bagged when you buy them. Also, try and keep the bagged fish in the dark to minimize stress.

-Try saving as much of the current water as possible.

-Submerse filter media in old water water for the trip, this will minimize disrupting it.

-Don't completely empty out all the water, leave just enough to cover the gravel

-The aquarium should be the very last thing to move, and the very first to set up at your new location.

Shouldn't be too difficult for you, good luck!

lioness501 09-28-2007 01:03 PM

hey thanks. i am gonna save 50% of water from both tanks, would that be sufficient? or should there b more, i dont wanna fill a container to the point that it cant be lifted. if i leave just enough water to cover gravel in there, would it be ok to leave loaches in there? like i said its 5 mins down road and they wont be in there long

JouteiMike 09-28-2007 01:09 PM

Yes, 50% would be great, like I said just as much as possible.

And it would probably be best to bag all the fish, even if it is 5 minutes down the road. The stop and go, or jerkiness of the ride could toss them around in the water, stressing them out or injuring them. I'm not saying you can't just leave them in the water, I'm only saying my opinion.

lioness501 09-29-2007 03:03 AM

thats great thanks for the info!

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