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Saving substrate during a move?

Ill be moving in the coming months.

Is there a way to remove my amazonia substrate ,without destroying it, and put it back into the tank afterward?

The stuff isn't exactly cheap and would prefer to save as much as possible.

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not sure how big your tank is, but if you can move it while it is filled with water, a filled tank can actually keep the substrate from shifting.

i filled my 7 gallon cube to the very top and sealed it with a bunch of plastic wrap and tape and tape and more tape and more plastic. I find that without an air bubble in the tank, it actually helps to keep everything in place while you're driving around.
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be very careful moving a tank with water in it. I have read lots of threads over the years about cracking tanks that way. most where bigger so it might be possible with smaller tanks??

I wondered the same in the end I decided to use a different substrate because of this...
good luck let us know how it goes.
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Ill be moving in the coming months.

Is there a way to remove my amazonia substrate ,without destroying it, and put it back into the tank afterward?

The stuff isn't exactly cheap and would prefer to save as much as possible.
I moved my 40g breeder with 4 bags of aquasoil (9L bag) from nyc to baltimore. I removed the substrate with a huge spoon slow and easy on 5g buckets and then do the same thing when you get at your destination.
The tanks is doing better then before

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If the tank isn't too large/heavy, try siphoning the water down to about 1/4" above the substrate, or even a full inch of you have it well planted and mean to leave the plants in place (the roots will do for you what plants on hills do to control erosion, helping keep soil in place). If you remove only the water and large hardscape, it should be fine. I've moved 10-60g tanks this way with no problems.
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I moved my 40g breeder with 4 bags of aquasoil (9L bag) from nyc to baltimore. I removed the substrate with a huge spoon slow and easy on 5g buckets and then do the same thing when you get at your destination.
The tanks is doing better then before.
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If the tank isn't too large/heavy, try siphoning the water down to about 1/4" above the substrate, or even a full inch of you have it well planted and mean to leave the plants in place (the roots will do for you what plants on hills do to control erosion, helping keep soil in place). If you remove only the water and large hardscape, it should be fine. I've moved 10-60g tanks this way with no problems.
Thank you for your input! I was considering one of these two ways, but wasn't sure which was better. Since it's only a 20 gallon tank I'm considering removing the plants, siphoning the water, wrapping some cardboard with plastic and placing it over the substrate to prevent any kind of movement during the drive. Thinking about placing some very light 'weights' evenly over the cardboard, but I don't want to crush the pellets.
Other suggestions are more than welcome!

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