Bcsay720 Moving Journal

bcsay720

My SO and I are looking for a house, and I'm afraid things will move pretty quickly because of how wild the market is right now.

So, I'm going to be keeping track of my stages for moving my fish tanks in case others need advice. I also may be asking questions along the way.

My two tanks:

1. The Jungle: 29 g, heavily planted (all live)
- glowlights
- peppered cories
- a nerite
- a ghost shrimp
- honey gouramis (hopefully soon)

2. The Monster Lair: 5 g, heavily planted (both live and silk)
- just Major Tom, my betta

My current plan:

Before Moving:
- test the water at the new house
- make sure the new stand I'll be getting is set up

The Jungle
- empty half the tank of water into 5g buckets
- uproot all my plants and keep them in one of the buckets (I'll be bagging at their roots to keep them from getting tangled)
- move fish to separate containers with air holes cut in the lids. Ideally, fish with stay with their schools
- separate the gravel between the 4 buckets
- fit as much water as I can in the buckets
- have the heater and filter going in one bucket with my backup battery to preserve the cycle
- encourage my friends that they'd want nothing more than to move my fish tank and hold my fish in the car on the way to the new house

The Monster Lair
- empty half the tank
- remove decor so I can catch Tom (though he's very good about being netted)
- move Tom to a separate container
- try to keep filter going with the backup battery, but keep everything intact (there is only 5 lbs of gravel in it. This is the part that some will disagree with me on, so it may change)
- I will be holding Tom and keeping an eye on the 5g during transit

Upon Arrival:
- set up the Monster Lair first, since it will be barely any work
- get Tom back into his tank ASAP (after acclimating to new water, of course)
- siphon some water back into the Jungle and rescape with gravel/plants
- during this time, the tetras and the cories (and gouramis, if I have them) will be floated back in the bucket with the filter and heater for temp acclimation, and their water will be change out with the saved filtered water
- replace the filter and heater in the tank and fill the rest of the way with old water and new water.
- acclimate fish to new water and return to the main tank

Phew. Let me know any thoughts or other ideas you may have here. I'll continue to post updates as I have them.
 

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BigManAquatics

Sounds like a fun adventure! Good Luck when it happens!
 

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