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Advice on Moving Fish if You Have an Aquarium

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The task of home removals is daunting for anyone and can be made more stressful at the thought of moving your fish tank. Most people will move, on average, at least a couple of times in their lifetime, so it is a task you are likely to face at some point. However, if you prepare properly and have the essential knowledge available to you, moving your fish tank should go smoothly and without too many problems.

Moving House with Fish

First, there are a couple of important pieces of information you must remember when moving a fish tank. These are:

– Never move the fish in their tank.
– Do not feed your fish for at least 24 hours before moving them to a new location.
– Try to set aside a separate day to focus on moving your aquarium.
– Unplug the heater approximately half an hour before you start dismantling it. Otherwise, it may crack and break when removed, while it’s hot, straight from the water.

Remove Fish Tank Ornaments

Fish Bowl

The first step of moving your fish tank into a new property is to remove all the ornaments. Gently lift the ornaments to the top of the tank and double check there aren’t any fish inside seeking refuge. If you’re sure there are no fish in any of the ornaments, stack them in a waterproof container such as a plastic storage box, ready for moving.

Correctly Store Aquarium Plants

The best way to move the plants from your fish tank so that they are not damaged is by sealing them in bags with rubber bands to stop them from drying out. This will ensure your aquarium plants make it to your new property undamaged.

Carefully Catch Your Fish

Next you need to catch your fish. This process is made far easier if you remove some of the water from your tank so there is less room for the fish to swim around in. Don’t forget – any water you remove from your aquarium must be saved so that you can fill bags to keep your fish in.

When it comes to the actual fish catching, it is important to move slowly as slow movements are far more effective than frantic ones. If you have someone available to help you ‘herd’ the fish towards your net, it is definitely worth it. What’s more, it’s important to remember that when you lift the fish from the water, you cover the net with your hand, as fish can jump!

Bag Your Fish Up

Fish in the Dark

As soon as you have caught all your fish, place them in bags full three quarters with tank water and tie with a rubber band – leave one quarter at the top full of oxygen. After you have bagged the fish up (each species in separate bags), cover them with paper bags or store them in a polystyrene box so they are in the dark as quickly as possible. Dark spaces are ideal for fish, especially when you’re moving, as it helps to keep them calm and stops them from panicking or becoming stressed.

Take Out Other Equipment

Once all the plants, fish, and water has been removed from the tank, it is time to take out your other equipment, such as heaters, filters, and pumps. To store the filter, keep it damp to help preserve as much of the friendly bacteria as possible to avoid health problems with your fish later. When packing your heater, be sure to wrap it thoroughly to avoid breakages as heater glass is very delicate.

Wrap the Fish Tank Thoroughly

To transport your fish tank to your new address, wrap your aquarium in bubble wrap, blankets, towels, clothes, and whatever other packing materials you can find to thoroughly protect it. Make sure you secure it in your vehicle to ensure it cannot move around while you’re driving.

Fish Transportation Advice

Bmw Car Front Sports Car Tuned Pimped TranWhen moving your fish in their bags, you will need to ask a friend for help. Have them hold the bags carefully in the car while you drive to your new property. It is important to remember that if you’ve been careful to fill your bags of water three quarters full, with space left for oxygen, you have up to 12 hours to safely transport your fish without needing to release them from the bags. So, if you’ve planned your move quickly, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Top tip: If you place the sealed bags into white polystyrene boxes, it can help to keep the temperature cooler for your fish.

Prioritise Unpacking Your Aquarium

Once you’ve reached your new property, make unpacking your aquarium a priority. You must get your fish back into the tank as soon as you can. You will need to add your fish back into the tank as you normally would do after buying them from a shop. Ensure the water is perfect for them and keep the room dark to reduce their stress.

Ensure you place a rock, cave, castle, or tree log for the fish to hide in when they are placed back into the tank. This will give them a safe space where they can hide and acclimatise to their new environment.

Do not feed your fish on moving day because your filter is likely to struggle with the loss of bacteria and may not be able to cope with the waste products produced.

Keep an Eye on Your Tank

Just as it may take you some time to adjust to your new home and surroundings, the same goes for your fish. Keep an eye on your tank and fish for a month or so after moving. This will help you ensure everyone is settling in nicely and that the tank is reaching a good equilibrium.

Moving a Fish Tank is Not Impossible

All it takes is a little planning and time. You must plan ahead to ensure moving your fish tank goes as smoothly as possible. Hopefully this article has been helpful and given you all the important information you need to move your fish tank easily. If you would like any more moving advice, please do not hesitate to call Simply Removals.