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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-16-2020, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Moving a tank with aquasoil

I have a 10 gallon Dennerle Shrimp King tank that I'm moving while I'm (and hopefully we're all) in QT. It has a 4" bed of ADA for substrate. I can move the shrimp to a bucket and drop an airstone in it for a day or two if needed. But this thin rimless 3 pane of glass tank is going to have to be completely emptied to safely move. Has anyone here moved a tank using aquasoil? How messy is it going to be? How long before delicate Caridina can be added back to it? I'm guessing they can safely be added back once clear, but unsure if that will be overnight or a week away. I'll be able to keep at least half of their water which should be of some help. Thanks in advance.

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I just went through this myself in December. I just reduced the water down to a half inch from the soil and removed as many shrimp as I could and moved the tank. I just did it carefully and set it back up. As long as there isn't a whole lot of bouncing around of the tank, it shouldn't really get very cloudly. Put the tank in it's place and let it settle for a few hours before trying to add water back to it. Just make sure you keep your biomedia wet.

Interestingly .. I ended up waiting a several weeks before setting my tank back up and the shrimp that I left in the tank, with no heater, all survived which was a heck of a surprise, especially the single Crystal Red in there.
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Id just drain water down to bottom glass using small siphon hose and move it with substrate in it. Bent glass tanks are a lot sturdier because of the solid, 1 piece U shaped glass.
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Interesting. I intuitively felt the opposite. They just *look* so thin and fragile. That would certainly be a much easier route. Removing every shrimp fry isn't possible anyway so if I could pull off a wet move, especially if they survive it, that would be an ideal scenario. Perhaps I can get the platform underneath it and move it that way.

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Interesting. I intuitively felt the opposite. They just *look* so thin and fragile. That would certainly be a much easier route. Removing every shrimp fry isn't possible anyway so if I could pull off a wet move, especially if they survive it, that would be an ideal scenario. Perhaps I can get the platform underneath it and move it that way.

To prevent a leak, best to place the tank on a board while you transport.


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That's the plan. Getting it on the platform and then onto its mat and lining that up will be the challenge, but it's that or remove every granule. I'll update when I give it a try, thanks guys!

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I did this about a year ago with a small rimless, I cut a 3/4 of plywood to fit the tank,
Drained most of the water out
Slide on plywood put on cart with wheels and moved it carried it when I had to.
I left fish and plants inside but fish might need re homed if it a long move.


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