Moving is definitely a mixture of all emotions; exciting, tiring, frustrating, and stressful. Nonetheless, all of us have to deal with this situation at some point in our lives, since all of us need to be in one place at a time, and in another on the next.
For homes that have aquariums or fish tanks, moving can be a bit more challenging, as you have to deal with live animals that can be easily stressed during the move.
If you want to get some helpful tips on how to move a fish tank, here are some pointers that you can consider:
If you are moving from one state to another, transporting the fishes you have inside your fish tank might not be able to survive the pressure and stress while on the road. You can decide at this point whether to give them away and find a new home for them or try your luck to bring them with you. Then again, if you really love your fishes that much, I hope you will choose the first option because you do not want to stress them.
On the other hand, if you are moving within the state only, which will not require so many hours of driving, bringing your fishes with you might be less of a problem.
When transporting your fish tank, make sure to bring them down at the last minute. This will give more time for your fish to swim and be comfortable in their place, before placing them in plastic bags for the move.
Remove the water from the fish tank, as well as the other contents inside, and the filters and aerators too. Put the contents inside the box, after you have dried them out. Your fish tank should also be dry before packing.
Once your fish tank is dried out, wrap your fish tank with a bubble wrap, and secure the wrap with tape. If possible, wrap it with a cardboard to add more protection to your tank. Do not place anything inside the tank, because the item can break the tank while moving.
Your fishes should also be contained inside a plastic bag that is filled with water and air. The air will be enough to sustain the oxygen needed by your fish.
Do not stack anything above the fish tank while you are moving. Remember, fish tanks are very fragile, and one hard pressure on it can break it apart.
Once your fish tank arrives at your new home, check if there are any damages, before filling it with water.
Check the temperature of the water to see if this is something that can be tolerated by your fish. Gently and slowly allow you fish to swim in the tank again, and watch them. Some fishes may feel stressed for days due to the pressure during the move. Do not worry because the stress may end in a few days, and everything will get back to normal.
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