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Old 05-08-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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Requesting advice on moving my tank (but not the fish or plants)


I'm going to be moving in a few weeks from Connecticut to my parent's house in Michigan, because my unemployment money is going to run out in a few weeks (and for other issues). My LFS has agreed to take in my fish and plants for me, and give me some value in trade or cash. I plan on transporting the fish and plants and snails in a few 5 gallon buckets. The fish store is only about 2 miles away from me, so stress on them will be minimal.

But how do I transport my tank halfway across the country? What can I do to ensure that the tank stays safe in my car?

Will any of the bacteria in the gravel or driftwood or filter media survive the 3-day trip if I keep them in a bucket, or should I just start over to be safe?
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:22 PM   #2
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when i had to move my 55 i just stuffed it with my pillows and whatever else soft i had then wrapped it with my comforter. worked pretty well. Not positive but i would recon the bacteria would die.
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This is just a brainstorm idea...

Could you drain most of the water out, down to the point of your plants only being in water just at or slightly above the substrate line, put in a bit of ammonia, then cover the top with as much plastic wrap as you need to keep the water/humidity in and drive off? Of course cushion the tanks etc. You could maybe even pull out your filter media and put it in the shallow water while in transit?

I have no idea if this is a good thing to try, but it seemed like it could work?
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:42 PM   #4
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As far as the BB in the filter, aslong as it's wet and you dose a form of ammonia onece-twice a day it will stay alive.
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I would just keep the substrate and filter media wet. That drive should only be 14 hours maximum.
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I would just keep the substrate and filter media wet. That drive should only be 14 hours maximum.
Actually, the drive will be longer than that. I am going to stop and visit my brother in Dayton, Ohio for a day or two. Will the bacteria survive that long if I dose ammonia or fish food each day? Will the bacteria survive being kept in a car overnight?
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Honestly, you probably have more than enough organics in the substrate to support the BB. The only thing I would be concerned about is oxygenation and heat. Leave a few inches of water and the motion of the car should provide enough oxygenation. Just don't leave it in a locked car to overheat or freeze depending on the weather.
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Would the plants survive being in a 5-gallon bucket for a few days?
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Would the plants survive being in a 5-gallon bucket for a few days?
They would probably do better if you package them: shake off excess water, put in air tight dry plastic bags with just a little bit of air, seal the bags (either a knot or tape), put the bags in a box with dry newspapers. They will be ok for 5+ days.

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