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post #1 of 4 Old 02-19-2018, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Moving Houses, Transplanting Aquarium

I have a 55 gallon tank with gravel substrate, with about a dozen fish and will be moving about 20 minutes away from where I live now.

How should I go about moving this? How much water do I save? new substrate or no?

Can I put the fish in a bucket with an aerator and just pour that water in the tank at the new location?
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I moved a year ago across a set of mountains 500 miles. This is what I did and I didn't lose a fish. (Moved 23 ). I got a plastic tote; siphoned the tank water into it. Took all the plants out and laid them in the tote. Transferred all the fish from the remaining water to the water in the tote. Placed the plastic lid on the tote and slid the tote inside a plastic garbage bag. Placed the tote on the back seat of my truck. Trip was nine hours. Stopped and stayed overnight in the mountains at a campground. Didn't even check on the fish whilst stopped. When I got to my destination; I immediately set up my aquarium; using the water from the tote, transfered my plants and fish and topped up with tap water. Like I said, I didn't lose a fish because of the move. I didn't heat the water or aerate. The movement of the water in the tote whilst driving would have done that. Also having the plants in the tote, saved the fish from any injuries that might have incurred from the thrashing around of the water. Just one man's experience. Hope this helps!

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I moved a year ago across a set of mountains 500 miles. This is what I did and I didn't lose a fish. (Moved 23 ). I got a plastic tote; siphoned the tank water into it. Took all the plants out and laid them in the tote. Transferred all the fish from the remaining water to the water in the tote. Placed the plastic lid on the tote and slid the tote inside a plastic garbage bag. Placed the tote on the back seat of my truck. Trip was nine hours. Stopped and stayed overnight in the mountains at a campground. Didn't even check on the fish whilst stopped. When I got to my destination; I immediately set up my aquarium; using the water from the tote, transfered my plants and fish and topped up with tap water. Like I said, I didn't lose a fish because of the move. I didn't heat the water or aerate. The movement of the water in the tote whilst driving would have done that. Also having the plants in the tote, saved the fish from any injuries that might have incurred from the thrashing around of the water. Just one man's experience. Hope this helps!

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Good suggestions there. Don’t put decor pieces in the bucket/tote with the fish - they can slide around and hurt them. Plants a much better choice.

Take out the substrate before moving the tank. Youll find a 12 inch wide fish net will be great at that, or if you have a shop vac you can just suck it out once the tank is empty.

Didn’t see it mentioned but make sure the filter media stays wet too.

Lastly, you needn’t take more water than what you transport the fish in. Just be sure to acclimate them to the new water. 20 minutes away, you shouldn’t have too much of variance but you never know.

5 gallon buckets with lids are very, very handy for moving fish. I’ve moved several times with my tanks and I would suggest getting several buckets with lids to move you’re fish. Handles are helpful, and so is not loading them up so much that they are a challenge to carry.

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