At the end of December I'll be moving and I have a few tanks. The drive is 6-7 hours, lots of hills, windy roads, and a fair number of bumpy patches. My car doesn't handle hills well in it's old age so gas breaks will be frequent. I also have a dog, so actually lets say 8 hour drive just to be safe.
All the fish will be bagged. I'll use regular bags, not breather bags, because I have a couple bettas and they need the air at the surface. All the bags will be put in either an actual cooler or a styrofoam cooler.
Filter media gets bagged with water. There won't be room in my tiny car with the tanks, a dog, and a cat for the media to get it's own bucket and air pump.
Wood with plants attached will be put in large bags with a bit of water to make sure it all stays wet. The pieces of wood that are completely covered with plants may get wrapped in wet newspaper. Thoughts?
Rocks go in buckets.
In easy tanks plants will be removed, wrapped in wet newspaper, and bagged. They'll either go in a box or dark bag so they aren't exposed to light. Since there are a fair number of hills and the house has stairs up to all the doors, I think it would be kindest to the tanks and my back to remove the substrate and toss it in buckets.
Once I get there ideally the fish will be put in buckets with heaters and air stones while I set the tanks up, unless it would be less stressful to just leave them in bags?
How the heck do I move my dirted tank? I'm quite fond of it and it's planted completely with swords and crypts. I'd really hate to disturb my swords because I'm getting so many babies but I'd hate it more if I killed them. I don't see how I can move the tank with the substrate in it without breaking the sand cap and/or having the substrate move and mix with all the hills and turns. If I have to take it out, are there any tips to separate the sand cap and dirt so they can be saved and put back in after the drive?