Preparing to move can be a daunting process, especially when you need to consider how you’re going to move your aquatic pets. Depending on how many and how large your fish are, the size of your fish tank may be intimidating when preparing for a move. If you are in for a long move, it may be wiser to consider purchasing a new fish tank in your new city instead of trying to ship a large tank, which can get expensive. The best way to transport a tank is in a vehicle, but be sure you or your movers are aware that it needs to be handled carefully. We have compiled a list of tips to aid in the transport of your fish and tank safely:
1. Prepare your pets
It is imperative to the well-being of your pet that the environment they are kept in during transport is exactly like the one they left. This can help you avoid your fish going into shock. You can do this by draining some of the same water your fish was living in into a clean open jar or bucket, depending on the size and amount of fish you are moving. Don’t enclose the container as your fish needs air to becirculated into the water.
2. Drain the water
Drain the remaining water into clean buckets for taking with you on your move. This is especially time saving if your fish need salt water environments as it can take time to prepare new water for them to live in. Be sure to keep any other living organisms that are kept in your tank (i.e., living plants, sands, or rocks) in the same water while transporting.
3. Pack your tank equipment
Pack your equipment away. Depending on how far you’re moving and how long the ride may be, items like filters can be kept in an air-tight container for your trip. If a long-haul move is required, you may want to consider buying a new filter once you’ve moved in to your new home.
4. Take apart your tank
Take apart your tank and wrap it with water-proof or resistant packing materials such as bubble wrap. If wanting to wrap with towels or blankets, keep in mind these items may come into contact with water. This is a good time to make sure that your tank is clean prior to moving.
5. Set up in new home
Once you have arrived in your new home, set up your tank and establish the aquatic eco-system prior to moving your fish back in. Allowing the water to cycle in the tank for a few days can help things run smoother. All accessories and organisms should be placed in their permanent spots in the tank before putting the fish back in their home.
We hope you and your fish have a safe moving journey with the help of our tips!