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Old 10-28-2012, 02:17 PM   #1
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How hard is it to move a 10gal


the light on our 3 gal tank went out and I am toying with the idea of just getting a 10gal. My issues is we will be moving about 3 hours away some time this year. How hard is it to move a aquascaped tank. It would have a moss tree on a hill and dwarf hair grass. and a couple other mosses. in the tank I would have a sand substrate. I would like to know what ow hard it would be and what I would be getting in to before i make the decision to up grade to a bigger tank.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:51 PM   #2
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the light on our 3 gal tank went out and I am toying with the idea of just getting a 10gal. My issues is we will be moving about 3 hours away some time this year. How hard is it to move a aquascaped tank. It would have a moss tree on a hill and dwarf hair grass. and a couple other mosses. in the tank I would have a sand substrate. I would like to know what ow hard it would be and what I would be getting in to before i make the decision to up grade to a bigger tank.
I honestly wouldn't try to move anything bigger than a 10 gallon by yourself for starters. I've moved a 10 gallon before. If it has livestock, get a couple of buckets (clean). I recommend the styrofoam ones that some fishing shops sell for transporting minnows (live bait). These have lids on them. Make sure your tank is the last thing you pack up, the first to move, and the first to set up. Drain the water from the tank putting as much as you can into buckets. Next scoop the fish out and put them into one of the buckets. Take the filter cartridge and put them in a bucket as well. (I usually put it in a bucket separate from the fish). Try and remove all the water into buckets or at least 50% of it. This will make the tank easy to move and carry. Whatever water can't be transported, just use water at the new place.
Move everything to the new place, get the tank set up. Start filling the tank and put the fish in with the old water. Dechlorinate whatever new water you have to add to fill it up to the top and put that water in after the old water. Put the Filter cartridge back in the filter, and plug everything in. You should be good after this. Things might be a bit cloudy from everything being jostled around, but that will settle soon. Just to help ease the move, I would keep the lights off on the tank for about 24 hours. Try to take away as many stress factors on the fish as you can.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for the tips I dont want to have to completely re scape the hole thing. Last time I moved a 3 gal it just had rocks in it so it was no big deal it was also a 2 day drive to the new place we put the fish in a rubber maid container that had a vent lid on the top and I swapped out water half way through the trip I also used a straw and blew bubbles in the tub when ever we would stop. But this time it would have sand and plants I was worried it would all get mushed up and have to be completely re done. I would have help getting it into the car and most likely help getting it out of the car. We currently only have one fish a betta I would probably hold off on getting him any tank mates tell after the move.
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Thanks for the tips I dont want to have to completely re scape the hole thing. Last time I moved a 3 gal it just had rocks in it so it was no big deal it was also a 2 day drive to the new place we put the fish in a rubber maid container that had a vent lid on the top and I swapped out water half way through the trip I also used a straw and blew bubbles in the tub when ever we would stop. But this time it would have sand and plants I was worried it would all get mushed up and have to be completely re done. I would have help getting it into the car and most likely help getting it out of the car. We currently only have one fish a betta I would probably hold off on getting him any tank mates tell after the move.
Plants do make it tough. Even with just a bit of water in the tank the sloshing around can uproot stuff. I moved my 20L just across the room with maybe 15-20% water left and when I refilled it, most of my hairgrass has been ripped up as well as my Ludwigia. So if you're going to move with plants, I recommend draining it completely, and just misting every hour probably until it's full
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:19 PM   #5
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get the water as low as possible! I recently moved a 10, 15 and 57 into my new place, and through it was grueling, we (my 2 friends and I) got it done.
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Drain it completely, place stock in appropriate holding places, and drive that thing 3 hours away, taking caution to not let it rock or shift. Just tie it down or wedge it somewhere.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:24 AM   #7
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5gal bucket with a lid is your friend
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:44 AM   #8
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Sand will not make a good hill, it will erode very quickly.
If you do manage to make a hill, perhaps held with ground cover plants the move will shake the sand down.

Basically you would be re-scaping it when you move.

This is a safer way to approach it anyway: You do not want to use the tank as the container to hold all that weight during the move. It could break loose the silicone at the seams and create a leak.
Put everything in buckets and...
Move the tank empty.

A smaller tank might be stabilized by sliding it onto a sheet of plywood or a short shelf that fully supports the tank, and moved that way. I would still drain most of the water and remove the fish, though. Transport them separately.
You might make this work with a 10, but not with a hill in it. The hill would not survive.
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:06 PM   #9
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I have moved smaller reef tanks with sand beds that I did not want to disturb more times than I want to think about (nothing bigger than 20 gallon) .

One thing I have learned was very helpful if you want to keep the substrate intact for the move, is to have a piece of plywood next to the tank. Once you get it drained, two people transfer the tank to the plywood, and then you carry the tank by holding the plywood. Do not let it slide off of course!!!

Wet substrate is VERY heavy, and it is easy to twist and torque the tank when trying to carry it, putting it on a board that has a larger footprint in the tank reduces stress on the glass seams.
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:17 AM   #10
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I would not advise trying to move the tank with water in it. Assume you will have to rescape things when you arrive. Have you tried to drive somewhere with a half cup of drink with no lid setting in the cup holder ? Remember how nervous it makes you thinking about it all sloshing out? Driving three hours with even a gallon of water sloshing around is going to be far worse. Any water in the tank will make the sand and plants look like a barrier island in New Jersey!
A good quick stop might let it find enough hard stuff to blow the end out of the tank.
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