Moving a fish tank can be tricky. You can’t just unplug everything and run it in one go. With some careful executing, you can make the relocation process much easier on yourself, and make sure your fish stay happy during the shift.
With so many steps in this process, it can seem a bit overwhelming. It is often helpful to break them down into three stages: before, during, and after the move.
PREPARATION BEFORE THE MOVE
Step 1: Gather the essential supplies
Before you get started, make sure that you have all the supplies you need. If you took the time to get them organized at the start, you would not have to worry about to find things when you are in the middle of a shift.
Here is what you’ll need:
- Large (5 gallons) buckets (make sure these are new or very well cleaned)
- A fishnet
- Bubble wrap
- Moving boxes
- Insulating foam sheets
- Plastic baggies
- Packing paper
- Duct tape
- Siphon hose
Step 2: Get your fish ready to relocate
It is a good idea to stop feeding your fish 24-48 hours before relocation day so you can be sure all their wastes have passed before you transfer them. (Do not worry—fish survives up to a week without food so they will be fine!)
If you have smaller fish and your shift is an hour away, you can put them into plastic baggies along with water. Keep them safe for traveling by placing them in a sturdy cooler or a case.
For larger fish or longer moves, transport them in large buckets. Make sure the buckets are clean and have not been used to store any harsh chemicals. Fill the buckets with water and then put in your fish, with 3-4 fish per bucket or as you find convenient. Tape the bucket shut to prevent any spills during the move.
Step 3: Clean the tank
To prepare, the fish tank, unplug everything, then carefully remove all the plants or flora and accessories. Pack the plants or flora in a bucket with water. For the accessories and decor, dry and clean them, then carefully pack them with paper and bubble wrap. Carefully remove and pack up all the things, including the pump, heater, and light. Keep in mind that the filter should be kept damp and packed in a sealed container.
Step 4: Drain the water
For this step, it is easiest to use a siphon hose, especially if you have a larger tank. It is best to try and save as much of the water as you can to refill the container once you are at your new place. It is much easier on the fish and minimizes health risks. Transport the water in large 5-gallon buckets and seal the lid of the container with tape before you relocate them.
Step 5: Pack the aquarium
Remove the lid of the container and pack this separately, wrapped in bubble wrap. It is best to pack your tank in a box if you can find one large enough. Place the container in the box, use insulating foam to fill in any gaps around the tub to prevent it from moving around. Stuff the fish tank with foam or paper to make sure it does not get scratched up.
DURING THE MOVE
Step 6: Moving the tank
It is always best if you can transport the container and fish in your vehicle, to keep them extra safe. If you can not fit the tank in your car, make sure your movers like movers Ahmedabad know that your shell is very brittle and they should use extra care when packing and loading it.
AFTER THE MOVE
Step 7: Set up the tank
Once you are at your new abode in Ahmedabad, start setting it up right away. If it was a short move, you could use the treated water you shifted with you to fill the fish tank and get it moving through the filtration system again.
You will want to make sure the temperature, chlorine level, ammonia level, and PH balance are back to normal before you put your fish back into it.
This does not take long for short moves like within Ahmedabad, but for longer steps, you will need to set your fish tank up from the start, and it could take some time for everything to regulate.
Step 8: Add your fish back into it
Once the water conditions are back to normal, you can put your fish back into it. Carefully scoop them out of the bucket or container with a net and place them in the water.
If you used baggies to shift your fish, you should put the bag in the water for a bit at first to let the fish get used to the temp., and then release them into the tank.
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