Moving My 80gallon

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so I have an 89 gallon tank with canister filter lots of live plants and 7 angel fish and a 6inch pleco.

I'm moving next weekend and was thinking individually bag each fish and each plant with a damp paper towel. then drain the tank, but leave the canister sealed and full. then remove the sand ( I'm thinking about getting new substrate but not sure if that's a good idea during a move). once tank is empty move it fill it with new substrate and water that has prime and is at 80 degrees. then float the fish and hope all goes well...and thought or ideas would be great.
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mines not a far move 10mins down the road so I'm hoping for no deaths and my tank doesn't crash I'm really happy with it right now
 

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The tank should be the last thing to break down and the first thing to restart. If your changing the substrate you will go through a mini cycle since the sand does carry some bacteria from it. So If you have a QT or a plastic tube I would put the fish in there for a few days as a temporary space until your tank is ready for the fish.
 

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The tank should be the last thing to break down and the first thing to restart. If your changing the substrate you will go through a mini cycle since the sand does carry some bacteria from it. So If you have a QT or a plastic tube I would put the fish in there for a few days as a temporary space until your tank is ready for the fish.
Perfect advice for the OP!
I would do exactly what @Fashooga mentioned if I was moving my aquarium.
 

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I will dissent with the above posters. I would go ahead & change the substrate now with the move since it will so much logistically easier while the fish & plants are out of the tank already (or go to bare bottom for a little bit while you get set up in the new space). You will probably have a very small cycle bump, but your filter media should catch up quickly. Just test & water change as needed. No more stressful for your fish in my opinion than a smaller Quarantine tank with your same filter running.
 
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so my move went pretty well. sadly I lost a platinum Angel and a philapino blue and a ba tetra, not idea why. also the bulb on my tiger lily broke off hope it doesn't die. was able to setupp my 35 gallon and move the 2 angels that I think are a pair into it today. also added my Platt fry to the main Platy tank. attached some pics.
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