When preparing for a move, there are always going to be certain belongings you don’t want to tackle. One, for instance, is an aquarium. Small or large, an aquarium is one of those items that takes planning in order to move it successfully. To move your aquarium hassle free, here are some helpful tips.
Preparing Your Tank. To prepare your tank for the move, you first need to find a temporary tank, such as a quarantine tank or hospital tank, for your fish. Go ahead and set it up prior to moving day so it will be ready when needed.
You can also separate your fish into large plastic tubs. Just know that you may need to install an aquarium heater and filter depending on the amount of time your fish will have to be kept in the tubs. If you opt for plastic tubs, be sure you have a lid that will remain tight and secure throughout your move.
The next step in prepping your aquarium for your move is to empty it. Before you do this, it’s important to save as much of the tank water as possible and use it to refill the tank. This is very important in keeping your fish alive post-move. Your fish are already used to the water chemistry in your existing tank. By filling the new tank with the same water, your fish will undergo a much easier transition.
Moving the Tank. After you have emptied your tank of water, it’s important to protect it so nothing breaks. Try wrapping it in blankets or some other thickly-padded material. Once complete, you can then move the tank to your new location.
Store the live plants from your tank inside the tubs of water so they will stay submerged during the move. Any tank decorations and equipment should be rinsed and packed carefully.
After the Move. After your move is complete, it’s important to set up your tank as soon as possible so it can begin cycling before you return your fish to their home. Use the tank water you brought with you. If you need a little extra water to top off the tank, you can also use new, fresh water, but be sure to treat the water with an aquarium water conditioner in order to remove harmful toxins like chlorine. Also, try and match the temperature of new the water to the temperature of the water already in the tank.
Once you have refilled your tank, you can replace any decorations and turn on the aquarium equipment. Test your tank water 1-2 times a day in order to check its progress. Once levels are where they should be, it is safe to finally reintroduce your fish to their home.
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