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Moving, how to?

PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 9:18 pm
by twotone12valve
I will be moving at the end of June some time around the 20th, I know a few of you have recently moved. I could use all the advice you have, I have never moved be for so this is going to be a large task for me. The new home is only about an hour drive and its an easy drive so my concerns are the fish at this point. I'm thinking I can put 55 Gal trash bags in large 50+ gallon cans, these I will be able to than fill with water from my tanks as well as the plants and possibly my larger passive fish and the Angels. The rest of my fish will go in bags and than in a cooler, and all of my filter media I will put in a 5 gallon bucket with water.

Than I think I will set up the filters water plant ex. in a stock tank (150 gallon) at that point I will set up my 125 and fill it up.

What do you think of the plan?

Re: Moving, how to?

PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 12:10 am
by Schmidtsie
Here's an excellent topic to read regarding moving:
http://forums.tfhmagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=29901&p=332210&hilit=moving#p332210

Especially Diana's post. She's sums up matters quite nicely.

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Schmidtsie
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Re: Moving, how to?

PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:12 am
by clipclop
twotone12valve wrote:I'm thinking I can put 55 Gal trash bags in large 50+ gallon cans, these I will be able to than fill with water from my tanks as well as the plants and possibly my larger passive fish and the Angels. The rest of my fish will go in bags and than in a cooler, and all of my filter media I will put in a 5 gallon bucket with water.


I'd suggest using five gallon cans or coolers instead of a big trash can. How do you plan to move the 50 gallon cans once you fill them? At 8.3 pounds per gallon, that can is going to top 300 pounds. Plus it's going to be 300 pounds of weight that moves when you go around corners. I got lucky one time and was able to pick up some Styrofoam coolers from my grocery's fish department. They'd come in with a shipment of live clams or something and were being discarded.

Re: Moving, how to?

PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 9:30 pm
by kb46
Great advice from clipclop regarding the big cans. Many smaller bags with fewer fish per bag will be safer for your fish and easier on the arm muscles. It would help spread the risk too - if something goes wrong with a small bag with one or two fish it is much better than something happening to a big bag with lots of fish.

When you get to your new place it will probably take a lot longer to set up your tank than you expect. I suggest having a plastic storage tub or two set up with sponge filters or even just a powerhead as a temporary setup for them at the other end. This will give you some breathing space to get their tank up and running and have time for the dozens of distractions that pop up while you are moving! Don't forget to put a lid over them to stop them jumping out. A few plastic plants in the tubs will help them feel more secure too.

I don't envy you a bit! :startled:
Kylie

Re: Moving, how to?

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 6:52 am
by C. Andrew Nelson
I suppose a lot depends on how fast you need to vacate your current residence.

My wife and I have been house hunting for a while, looking for a bigger place. So this is a topic I've had on my mind for some time. I keep running various scenarios through my head in an attempt to come up with the best possible plan. I currently only have one 20 gallon tank up and running (with two 29 gallon tanks empty and in storage). I've decided that when it comes time to move I'm going to bag up the fish, drain the tank into 5 gallon buckets, leave all the plants and aquascaping intact, slide the waterless tank onto a thick plywood board with cutout hand grips so that it can be loaded into our van for transport to the new house. Once at the new house I can position the tank and tank stand, refill the tank with its own water, get the heater and filter running, and reintroduce the fish.

My alternate plan is the same with a slight variation: setting up a small 5 gallon temporary tank at the new house with water from my 20 gallon, get it established, bag up the fish and move them to the temp tank, then follow the rest of the original scenario at a much more leisurely pace.

I most definitely agree with everyone else. Use multiple smaller containers to transport the water in. Your back and your knees with thank you.

Re: Moving, how to?

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 11:34 am
by clipclop
I love the idea of using a sheet of plywood like a stretcher to move the tank. I suppose you could screw 2x4s underneath as bracing if you were moving bigger tanks, so the plywood doesn't sag.

Re: Moving, how to?

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 8:43 pm
by meh
How Big is your tank?

Re: Moving, how to?

PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 2:12 am
by C. Andrew Nelson
clipclop wrote:I love the idea of using a sheet of plywood like a stretcher to move the tank. I suppose you could screw 2x4s underneath as bracing if you were moving bigger tanks, so the plywood doesn't sag.


You could also screw wood strips around two or three sides of the top of the board to act as a lip so that (God forbid) the tank slides while you're trying to carry it.

Re: Moving, how to?

PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 2:59 pm
by twotone12valve
Well there are three tanks my 125gal, a 55gal, and a 20 long so a lot of stuff will be happening. The 125 gal is the most important of the three.

Re: Moving, how to?

PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 4:44 pm
by meh
wow you got alot to move! :think: that will be a big job

Re: Moving, how to?

PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 8:16 pm
by alulrich
how quickly do you have to move-out/move-in? Do you have overlap time where you can set up one of the smaller tanks or just aerate some water, etc. before moving the actual tanks? That's what I did when I moved--I moved lots of tank water and set it up first and then moved the tanks.

Re: Moving, how to?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:36 am
by C. Andrew Nelson
alulrich wrote:how quickly do you have to move-out/move-in? Do you have overlap time where you can set up one of the smaller tanks or just aerate some water, etc. before moving the actual tanks?


Exactly what I was wondering too. That would be the best case.

Re: Moving, how to?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:57 am
by twotone12valve
I will have about a week or so maybe two, I can get ahold of a very large tank to put them in for a while.

Re: Moving, how to?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:46 am
by Crazygar
If you can setup a "holding tank" (using water, filtration etc from the original tank) this is the best way, while you rescape and resetup the main tank.

I've moved fish 1500MI without any fatalities and moved numerous times since then. I seem to be an expert on this subject. Breathable bags, and as much of the original water, media (in bags with water) you can muster.

Gary

Re: Moving, how to?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:02 am
by twotone12valve
I think that will be the game plan, the closing dates have been moved back so I now have more time to plan things out. I do think I will be able to set up a holding take and let it run with everything until the main takes are all back up and running.