Tips for moving a fish tank to your new home

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    Relocating to a new home means that you might need to deal with some of the most difficult propositions. Such as moving a fish tank to your new home. Transporting a fish tank (and the fish) is one of the more difficult things you can encounter in a relocation process. However, you can make it easier on yourself by allowing a professional moving company, such as Simplify Valet Storage & Moving, to take care of it for you. But if you want to do it on your own, you will need to prepare accordingly. You will need some supplies but most of all you will need knowledge. This article will try to impart the latter, allowing you an easier time relocating the tank.

    How to move a fish tank to your new home with ease?

    Here are the steps that you will need to go through, one at a time:

    • First, prepare your fish for the transport
    • Drain the water
    • Clean your fish tank thoroughly
    • Prepare to move a fish tank to your new home – Pack all the equipment properly
    • If possible, disassemble the tank before the transport
    • Hire professionals to assist when moving a fish tank to your new home

    This involves relocating only the basic models of fish tanks, of course. If you have an elaborate setup at your home, you will want to skip to the last step. You want to have professionals at your side, even if all you need is a bit of advice. The best course of action is to hire residential movers and learn from them. That way, you will be able to move the tank on your own if it comes to it. The important thing is that both you and the fish tank are safe during the process.

    First, prepare your fish for the transport

    The first step you need to undertake is not about the tank itself. It is about the fish. You will want to prepare them for transport, ensuring that they have everything they require. You will need to transfer them in other containers, away from the tank. The best thing that you can do is visit your fish vet and consult them about your fish. Different varieties require different containers, after all. You can always hire specialized packing services, ones that will include your fish, but you can do it on your own. All you need to know is what is safe for the fish and what is not. And you can find that out at the fish vet.

    Additionally, you will want to carry your fish in the same water that is in your tank. Drain a bit of the water and use it in the container you are about to transport the fish in. That way, you will avoid “shocking” the fish while in transport. The mix of tank water and fresh water depends on the fish type, something you want to consult the vet for. Never forget to split the aggressive fish from placid ones, too.

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    Fish are what is important, never forget that!

    Drain the water

    After you’ve found a temporary home for your fish, it is time to drain the water from the tank. You will want to do this slowly, even employing some motorized solutions in the case of big tanks. If you have a saltwater tank, you will want to bring this water with you if you can. That will significantly reduce the waiting time before you can put the fish back in. While you can definitely utilize special storage services for your fish, it is always better if they get back into the tank as soon as possible. Furthermore, if your tank has any live sand, or live rock, you will want to ensure that it is never out of the water. Otherwise, your cultivated microorganisms might perish.

    Clean your fish tank thoroughly

    Before you are ready to move your tank to the moving truck, you will want to thoroughly clean it. This process is pretty straightforward, just make sure to save it for last. You can use dedicated tank cleaning solutions, or you can clean it like any other glass. Just make sure not to use chemicals that can be of any danger to your fish.

    dark blue fish in a fish tank, map in the background
    You want your tank pristine clean!

    Prepare to move a fish tank to your new home – Pack all the equipment properly

    You want to carefully remove and pack all the tank equipment, such as water filtering mechanisms, heaters, pumps, and any other equipment that is present. Depending on the relocation distance, you will either place the filter in a sealed pail (local moves) or buy a new one (long-distance moves). This is also the time to verify if all the equipment is working properly. You might want to replace a part or two or upgrade your setup. If you want to do so, this is the time to do it.

    If possible, disassemble the tank before the transport

    Once everything is out, and the tank is clean, you will want to try and disassemble the tank as much as you can. This can be a really tricky process, however, and you might want to have someone who is knowledgeable and experienced beside you. At the very least, read about how to disassemble a fish tank beforehand. Once you’ve disassembled as much as you could, wrap the tank carefully and secure it.

    woman looking at the fish in the aquarium
    Most fish tanks can be disassembled for easier transportation.

    Hire professionals to assist when moving a fish tank to your new home

    But the easiest way of moving a fish tank to your new home is to hire professionals to do it for you. Moving companies have relocated countless fish tanks over the years, and they know how to do it efficiently and safely. However, you still might want to ensure that the company that you are working with is fully capable of relocating an advanced aquarium. You need true experts for the job, never settle for anything less. Otherwise, you might as well move it on your own!

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