Moving is hard enough without having to tackle such a big and delicate item as a fish tank. And when you add in living things – those fish are quite vulnerable you know – it gets 10x more difficult. The key is to hire professional movers skilled and experienced in transporting large, cumbersome or delicate items such as fish tanks.
Let’s take a look at a few takeaways when it comes to moving your fish tank:
Before you move anything, make sure you have the following:
If you can visit the new home beforehand, do so. This will help you understand where you will place the tank when you first get there. You can’t waste time at that point deciding where to put it. Remember: setting up your tank immediately is critical to the acclimatization period for fish.
Ideally, you’ll want to choose a spot with electrical outlets nearby and shade from sunlight streaming in through windows. Make sure there’s plenty of space for the tank itself and all accessories, with a stable, strong surface that is able to support the weight of the tank and water.
You’ll want to stop feeding your fish 24 to 48 hours before the big day. This will allow all their waste to pass before you transport them. Don’t worry: you’re not starving them…they can go a week without food. Got one small fish you’re moving? Just put it in a plastic baggie with water from the tank and take it with you in a cooler.
If you’re going a long distance and have more and bigger fish, you’ll have to use the buckets, putting no more than three to four fish in each one. Tape the lids closed with duct tape.
Keeping the water in the tank for the time being, unplug the tank and all lights, removing plants and accessories. The plants should go in a bucket of tank water. Next, clean and dry the accessories, packing them carefully in bubble wrap and paper. Pack the lights, pump and heater separately. Make sure the filter remains damp and is packed in a sealed container.
Drain out the water with your siphon hose, saving the water (ideally) to put back in the tank in the new place.
Pack the lid in bubble wrap. Put the tank in a sturdy moving box and place insulating foam in any gaps.
Take the tank and the fish with you in your car. If you pay your movers to do it, ask about their experience and what equipment they use.
Again, set up the tank as soon as you get to the new place. Fill the tank with the water you saved, and start up the filtration system. Balance the temperature, pH, chlorine and ammonia levels, then add in the fish gently with the net. It will take longer to normalize and balance fresh water if you couldn’t save the old water.
Got fish in baggies? Place the bags in the tank water for a couple minutes so they get used to the temperature before releasing them.
You will be glad to know we can pack up and transport your fish tank of any size. Just ask us for a free quote when you call us at 214-433-6763.