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On The Move
May 8, 2009
11:25 am
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thelizzious
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Hello every one. My moving-plans have "materialised". So I need suggestions on how to move with two running tanks. It's just a small move, inside the same building, but with all the water and so.... I just don't wanna risk the health of my fish. So if you have experienced this or heard something about it, or just have the knowledge, let me please hear all of your thoughts.

May 8, 2009
12:27 pm
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Bluedave
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Lot's of buckets.

Empty everything into the buckets, move the tanks, move the buckets, refill tank.

Thats what I have done in the past.

June 27, 2009
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Hi having move numerous tanks myself i know how hard it is - but basically good organisation is the answer - so are you sitting comfortably /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" />
Do not feed fish on the day of the move,firstly turn off all electrics,now start by syphoning off some water into buckets/containers that the fish will put in. Now syphon more water into some buckets/containers,this is water you are trying to save,once the tank level is below half way,now remove all the plants,rock,wood etc,now catch all the fish and place in relevent container. Have a cup off tea /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> . Now syphon off the last off the water and clean the gravel as much as pos - this water is going to waste.Now remove the heater,internal filters etc.Then remove some off the substrate - preferably all of it{glass tanks are not designed to be moved with anything inside}.
Now move the empty tank to its new location,replace the gravel,put in filters,heaters etc but do not turn on!!carefully put some of the saved tank water in - to a depth of several inches,now replace the interior decor,now top up with remaining 'saved' water and if need be use some fresh dechlorinated water - this needs to be high enough so that all the filters heaters can be turned on safely. Have another cup of tea whilst observing the tank to see if its set up ok.Now re - aclimatise the fish as usual. now top the tank up with fresh dechlorinated water.Place the lid back on and let everything settle - do not feed and if pos just check the water paremters.Feed lightly for a few days and just keep an eye on them /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
Good luck and just remember don't rush and all will be ok /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

June 27, 2009
10:41 pm
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Thank you so very much. /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

August 17, 2009
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Moving went very well, no casualties, my F5, 4 corys and 1 pleco have adapted very well. I gave away my 60 l. tank with the tropic fish and am now focussing on keeping the 120 l. tank healthy and happy. Thanks for the advice!

August 20, 2009
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I know a bit late now, but I taped my tank to a wooden board, with duck tape, really to stop it "flexing" as it was bwing carried.

August 20, 2009
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Better late then never huh? /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />. I did that too but with cardboard. I use cardboard under the aquarium to soften any hard noises or slapping doors and so on. Underneath the cardboard I have thin wooden board that is "fixed" to make it waterproof before I placed the tank on the tanks table. I used a small plant-transporter to move the tank, but that was mainly possible because my move was just 7 houses further on the same floor.

I am so super-happy that nothing went wrong and all of my fish are , how do you call that, save and sound. Its been 5 days now and it looks like the water-balance I had before has not changed at all, though I am very watchfull. It maybe sounds strange but I can read my goldies, they tell me straight away if something is not entirely how it should be. But also I am a firm believer of Easylife.

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