Moving a 12g Long - The Planted Tank Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
DrakeScree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Long Island
Posts: 320
Moving a 12g Long

If I move a 12g long, draining all of the water out, is it a requirement that I take all of the substrate out as well?

I am concerned that the length of the tank, combined with the weight of the substrate, will make it crack dead center.
DrakeScree is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 06:45 PM
Algae Grower
 
Ethana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 41
Maybe move it on a piece of wood thats bigger than the base of the tank? Glass is pretty strong, and also I'm sure all your gravel isn't piled up dead centre in the tank.
Ethana is offline  
post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 06:59 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
acitydweller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: New York
Posts: 7,695
I also recommend placing the tank on a firm base for transport and try not to shift the substrate.

"I am Groot", the faithful protector
acitydweller is offline  
post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 09:07 PM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Posts: 139
I recently saw a youtube video of a 220 pound man standing inside a 10 gallon suspended with a 2x4 on each side with the weight dead center and it didn't crack. I would definitely agree with sliding it onto a piece of plywood but as long as you keep it level you shouldn't have any issues.
AdamC13 is offline  
post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 09:50 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Seattle
Posts: 451
thanks for this posting i have the same issue at the end of this month
binbin9 is offline  
post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 12:19 AM
Obsessed? Maybe
 
somewhatshocked's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 12,477
Get a big piece of 3/4" plywood and some foamy rubber grippy bit shelf liner and you'll be good to go.
somewhatshocked is offline  
post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 01:10 AM
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Iowa
Posts: 204
The only problem I forsee with moving a 12 gallon long is the torque from uneven weight distribution, ripping apart the seams & causing future leaks.
xiaoxiy is offline  
post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 01:17 AM
Obsessed? Maybe
 
somewhatshocked's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 12,477
That won't be an issue if it's drained, slowly placed on a piece of thick plywood and then moved.

Have had to move mine several times like this.
somewhatshocked is offline  
post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
DrakeScree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Long Island
Posts: 320
Moving the tank on a piece of wood or something similar is not an option for me (odd, I know).

So I suppose it is not safe to move the tank without placing it on something?
DrakeScree is offline  
post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 01:52 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
acitydweller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: New York
Posts: 7,695
Two concerns: scratching the glass. Wrap with a blanket ip possible


Cracking or chipping the glass. Its a long tank which may hold up to some flex but I wouldn't risk it. No need for a large piece of plywood but rather one that covers the majority base of the tank. It serves to distribute the pressure of the tank across more surface area. If this absolutely becomes too much of a hassle, bag all the substrate and move the empty tank 0 wrapped in an insane amount of bubble wrap.

"I am Groot", the faithful protector
acitydweller is offline  
post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 01:56 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
amberoze's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: lexington, sc
Posts: 432
I just moved a standard 10 gallon on my lap sitting in the front passenger seat of my jeep not two weeks ago(soil, aquascape, half inch of water, shrimp, snails, and two Otto cats). How much bigger is a 12 gallon long?

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
amberoze is offline  
post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 01:59 AM
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Iowa
Posts: 204
Quote:
Originally Posted by amberoze View Post
I just moved a standard 10 gallon on my lap sitting in the front passenger seat of my jeep not two weeks ago(soil, aquascape, half inch of water, shrimp, snails, and two Otto cats). How much bigger is a 12 gallon long?

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
The problem with a 12 gallon long is that it's 3 feet long.

As said by the posters above, I would recommend moving it with a wooden board as a base.
xiaoxiy is offline  
post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 04:23 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
amberoze's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: lexington, sc
Posts: 432
Quote:
Originally Posted by xiaoxiy View Post
The problem with a 12 gallon long is that it's 3 feet long.

As said by the posters above, I would recommend moving it with a wooden board as a base.
In that case, I would definitely use a board to support the length of the tank.

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
amberoze is offline  
post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 04:55 PM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 39
Another vote for a piece of 3/4" plywood. I moved my 55 last year and this is exactly what I did. Find a way to have the ply be level with your tank, perhaps on a table. One person on each end, try to slide it onto the ply without causing too much friction and, if you have to, lifting from say 1/3 in from each end. Carry and repeat on the other side.

You will be fine. Its VERY stressful moving a tank, you worry about it for days, weeks, months before doing it. Just prepare and have some good friends with you and it will work out.
mostman is offline  
post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 05:08 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
talontsiawd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Concord, CA
Posts: 4,576
Send a message via AIM to talontsiawd
I moved a 20 long with about a 7 in slope of substrate and at least 25lbs of rock. It was quite challenging and a work out. Now that I know how weak the rims are (not that you have them), I wouldn't have done it again. That's pretty extreme though weight wise. That said, the hardest part is maneuvering the tank and you have 6 inches more length. I would get a friend or two. If in doubt, tear it down as well.
talontsiawd is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome