Fish Tank Moving Tips

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Fish Tanks, as all fish owners know, are delicate pieces of equipment that can be temperamental, affecting the fish inside’s quality of life (or ability to survive) based on a complex and baroque series of factors. Moving fish tanks is one of the most complicated processes of home or business relocation; in this blog entry, the residential and commercial moving experts here at Noah’s Ark Moving and Storage will detail the process of safely transporting your fish tank to your new property.

Fish Tank Moving Prep

First off, make sure you have a fishnet, a large (at least 5 gallon) clean bucket, a siphon hose, plastic bags, duct tape, bubble wrap, insulating foam sheets, packing paper, and moving boxes.

 

Fish Tank Moving Process

We recommend not feeding your fish between a day or two before moving day to ensure that they have passed all their waste before the big move (fish can usually survive up to a week without food.) If your fish are small and your move is only an hour away, you can put them in plastic baggies with water from the tank, and place these bags in a sturdy case or cooler. For longer moves or large fish, put them in large buckets – make sure these buckets are clean of all chemicals. Fill the buckets with water from the tank and add the fish in, leaving 3-4 fish in each bucket. Then tape the bucket lid shut.

 

Cleaning the Tank

Unplug the tank and remove all the plants and objects. Put the plants in a bucket of water from the tank. All accessories and decorations should be cleaned and dried, then packed with paper and bubble wrap. Then, carefully take out and pack all fish tank equipment like heaters, lights, and pumps. Keep the filter damp and sealed in a container.

 

Draining Water and Packing the Tank

Use a siphon hose to drain the fish tank, and try to save as much as possible to refill the tank with at your new location, as it’s much better for your fish. Bring the water in large 5 gallon buckets, and seal the lids of these buckets with tape. Then, take the tank’s lid off and pack it separately in bubble wrap in its own box. Make sure to use insulation foam to seal any gaps to prevent shifting, and stuff the tank with foam or paper to prevent scratching.

 

Moving Process

We recommend bringing the fish and tank in your own vehicle so you can make sure everything is safe. If you can’t, make sure to let the moving company know that the tank is extremely fragile and needs to be handled with care. When you get to your new home, set the tank up right away, and fill it up with the water you brought – just make sure that the temperature, PH balance, ammonia levels, and chlorine levels are back to the usual levels before you add the fish back in – they usually change more dramatically the longer the move is.

 

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Fish Tank Moving Tips

2 (3)

Fish Tanks, as all fish owners know, are delicate pieces of equipment that can be temperamental, affecting the fish inside’s quality of life (or ability to survive) based on a complex and baroque series of factors. Moving fish tanks is one of the most complicated processes of home or business relocation; in this blog entry, the residential and commercial moving experts here at Noah’s Ark Moving and Storage will detail the process of safely transporting your fish tank to your new property.

Fish Tank Moving Prep

First off, make sure you have a fishnet, a large (at least 5 gallon) clean bucket, a siphon hose, plastic bags, duct tape, bubble wrap, insulating foam sheets, packing paper, and moving boxes.

 

Fish Tank Moving Process

We recommend not feeding your fish between a day or two before moving day to ensure that they have passed all their waste before the big move (fish can usually survive up to a week without food.) If your fish are small and your move is only an hour away, you can put them in plastic baggies with water from the tank, and place these bags in a sturdy case or cooler. For longer moves or large fish, put them in large buckets – make sure these buckets are clean of all chemicals. Fill the buckets with water from the tank and add the fish in, leaving 3-4 fish in each bucket. Then tape the bucket lid shut.

 

Cleaning the Tank

Unplug the tank and remove all the plants and objects. Put the plants in a bucket of water from the tank. All accessories and decorations should be cleaned and dried, then packed with paper and bubble wrap. Then, carefully take out and pack all fish tank equipment like heaters, lights, and pumps. Keep the filter damp and sealed in a container.

 

Draining Water and Packing the Tank

Use a siphon hose to drain the fish tank, and try to save as much as possible to refill the tank with at your new location, as it’s much better for your fish. Bring the water in large 5 gallon buckets, and seal the lids of these buckets with tape. Then, take the tank’s lid off and pack it separately in bubble wrap in its own box. Make sure to use insulation foam to seal any gaps to prevent shifting, and stuff the tank with foam or paper to prevent scratching.

 

Moving Process

We recommend bringing the fish and tank in your own vehicle so you can make sure everything is safe. If you can’t, make sure to let the moving company know that the tank is extremely fragile and needs to be handled with care. When you get to your new home, set the tank up right away, and fill it up with the water you brought – just make sure that the temperature, PH balance, ammonia levels, and chlorine levels are back to the usual levels before you add the fish back in – they usually change more dramatically the longer the move is.

 

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