Whether you’re buying a house in Grand Junction or you’re selling your home, if you have an aquarium, you’ll need to know how to pack and transport it properly to keep your fish healthy and safe.
How to Move an Aquarium
Travel is stressful on fish, even when you take the best precautions. The best—and safest—option for your aquatic ecosystem (and your tank, equipment and supplies) is to move your tank and fish separately. Never move your tank with fish in it.
How to Move a Fish Tank
Aerobic bacteria are a necessity in a healthy tank, but after a few hours without oxygen flow, the bacteria will start to die.
If you’re moving only a short distance, the bacteria colony may be able to bounce back. However, if you’re moving more than a few hours away, you’ll need to restart the bacteria colony once you set up the tank in your new location.
Step 1 for Moving a Fish Tank
Put your fish in a holding container. Ideally, you’ll be able to use the same container to hold and move your fish; the more you move them, the more stressful it is for them.
Step 2 for Moving a Fish Tank
Drain the fish tank. If you’re moving a short distance, keep some of the water so you can save your bacteria colony.
Step 3 for Moving a Fish Tank
Remove your filter and keep it in a sealed container. If you’re making a long move, you’ll either need to clean or get rid of your filter media.
Step 4 for Moving a Fish Tank
Put live plants in plastic bags filled with water. (Plants typically do fine during a move.)
Step 5 for Moving a Fish Tank
Pack everything else, including pumps, water heaters, and other accessories. Make sure you keep them separate from your other belongings so you can begin setting up your tank as soon as you arrive.
How to Move Your Fish
If you’re moving a long distance, most experts suggest sending your fish by air—but that can be problematic, because typically fish can only survive for a few hours in a closed container without fresh air.
Try to use a container that helps your fish maintain an even temperature. Many experts suggest using a sealed cooler with a battery-powered air pump and air stone to keep your fish safe.
If you’re only moving a few hours, you can use a sealed plastic bag half-filled with air. Just remember that moving will stress your fish and that it can only survive for about two hours in a sealed bag. You might be able to stretch the time a bit by using oxygen instead.
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