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Moving with my tank
In about 5 days I have to leave the dorm for a month, so I need to take my 2.5 gallon fish tank with me. It is only about a 3 hour drive. Any suggestions on how I should go about doing this?
I was thinking of just taking the filter and heater out, as well as my decorations, but leaving the rocks, water, and fish in there. I might take a little bit of the water out, too. Then just securing a place in my car with the lid on the tank, surrounding the tank with towels and other things so it will not move around at all.
Re: Moving with my tank
i would suggest removing the heater that will be fine as long as the car temperature is normal on the way home you should be fine. If your gonna remove the filter id maybe suggest to keep it moist so the beneficial bacteria doesnt dry up and die.....juss keep it moist while going home if you can. That way when you get home put the filter back in as soon as possible and have it runnign again.
hope this helps....
Thanks for your tips. :) I hadn't thought about keeping the filter wet - maybe I can put the media into a baggie with some aquarium water.
I'd worry about moving the aquarium with water in it. That could subject it to stress it really wasn't designed to take.
I've moved my fish a few times now, and always did it in the big blue plastic bins. They're strong and have a good sealing lid. You should be able to fit all the water, rocks, and fish in one and still not have it get too heavy. Then you can use a baggie for the filter media like you said. Make sure to leave some air in the baggie to the bacteria can still breathe.
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