Here is how to move with a fish tank so that the transportation has a minimal impact on the glass structure itself and its underwater inhabitants. Whether you're moving with fish long distances or locally, this guide will help your fish survive the journey.
Many people want to know how to move an aquarium with water and fish in it. The main rule is the following: under no circumstances should you move a glass fish tank with all the water and fish in it. Both the tank and the fish can suffer from this. The tank will sway back and forth spilling out the contents; its seams and walls may not withstand the load and will fall apart or crack.
Before you pack your aquarium for transportation, you’ll need to:
Whether you are moving long distances or locally, follow these rules:
Sensitive species of fish may not survive a move too big, so unluckily selling the fish and starting again might be the only option.
However, if you’ve decided to move with fish long distances, here are some essential tips how to help them survive:
You can use the same strategy as moving long distances, however there's a simpler way. The most recommended are transparent sturdy plastic bags for transporting fish. You can find such bags in a pet store. Fish are better to transport in the dark, so cover transparent bags with a light-tight wrapper.
The distance of your relocation will affect how you handle your fish during the move. If you’re moving locally, less than 7 hours, then it’s a short distance trip and you can easily use plastic bags filled with water and air in the ratio 2 to 1.
In the cold weather, bags need to be sealed, whereas in the hot weather on the contrary they should be cooled down with pieces of ice.
It all depends on the amount of oxygen in the water. Overall, a small bag can hold fish alive between 7 and 9 hours. It is ideal for the oxygen to take up two-thirds of the bag. Fish consume more oxygen when they're excited. This means they use more oxygen while they are being transported.
Make sure the bag moves. The movement of the bag allows the atmospheric oxygen to penetrate into the water, making it possible for the fish to breathe.
Moving large fish tanks with a volume of more than 300 liters requires special knowledge and experience. You can carry large aquariums by holding at the bottom while it is highly undesirable to touch the walls.
If you are moving with a moving company, make sure to specify the size of your fish tank when placing your order. By the way, our professionals know how to move with a fish tank safely and without causing any damage!
To move aquarium plants safely, you need to keep the roots of the plants moist. Transport them in water-proof bags with some water. Put some of the plants in the portable vessels where your fish are. This will help your fish lessen the stress.
Once you’ve arrived at your destination, do the following:
Now you know how to move to a new place with a fish tank. On our website you can place an order and we will help you save your time moving an aquarium within Boston or interstate.