It can be a bit tricky to move a fish tank. It is not as simple as unplugging everything and moving it to the next place. You can move your fish tank simpler and successfully by applying the steps that we at Good Time Moving & Storage would like to share today. These steps are broken down to three stages which include before, during, and after the move.
How Do You Prepare a Fish Tank for Moving?
Gathering Supplies: Before getting to work, be sure you have all the supplies you’ll need.
When you’re in the middle of a move, you won’t have to worry about scrambling to find things if you are organized beforehand. Gather the following items:
– Siphon hose
– Plastic baggies
– Packing paper
– Moving boxes
– Insulating foam sheets
– Duct tape
– Bubble wrap
– 5-gallon buckets (make sure these are new or very well cleaned)
Prepare Your Fish: It is ideal to stop feeding your fish 24-48 hours before moving day to make sure the fish has all their waste passed before you move them. Since they can survive up to a week without food, your fish should be fine. Along with water from the tank when the move is under an hour away, you can put the smaller fish into plastic baggies. To keep the safe for traveling, use a sturdy case or a cooler. In the large buckets the larger fish will need to be transported. Make sure to not use any that stored any harsh chemicals and make certain the bucket is well-cleaned. Add the 3-4 fish per bucket after you use the water from the tank to fill the buckets. Tape the lid closed so you can prevent spills.
Tank Cleanup: Gently remove all the plants and accessories from the tank after unplugging everything. Pack any plants in buckets with water from the tank. Carefully pack them with bubble wrap and paper as you clean and dry the decor and accessories. Including the light, pump, and heater with care, remove and pack up all the equipment. The filter should be packed in a sealed, damp container.
Drain the Water: As long as it is clean, preserving the water from the tank is best, if possible, for the health of your fish. To siphon the water from the tank and store it with lid taped down, use the remainder of your 5-gallon bucket.
Packing the tank: To separately secure the removed lid, use bubble wrap. It is better to pack the tank in a box, if you can find one large enough. You can prevent it from shifting around once the tank is in the box when you use insulating foam to fill in any gaps around the tank.
Moving a Large Fish Tank
Transporting the tank: It is better to move the tank and fish in your own vehicle to keep them extra safe. Make certain that the person who is, or moving professionals know it is fragile if that is not an option.
Following the Move
Tank Setup: Setup your fish tank immediately after you get to the new house. Fill the tank with the saved water and set up the filtration system. Before you put the fish in the tank, ensure the temperature, PH balance, chlorine level, and ammonia level are back to normal. Minimize the stress by carefully adding your fish in the tank. Place the bagged fish in the tank first to get use to the water again before releasing them if the smaller fish are in bags.