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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-23-2020, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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Can I move it?

I have a 40 breeder set up and want to build a new stand for it. I would really like to not have to uproot everything and re-scape it. The substrate is about 3Ē of bdbs. Think the tank will hold two people lifting it and doing a quick move (3 feet)? The tank was purchased new 3 months ago so seals should be all nice and new. Iíd like to be able to leave an inch of water or so above the substrate so I donít have to pull every last critter out.

What do you think? Iím thinking fine but if anyone has experience your thoughts would be helpful.


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I did it with a 90 years ago. four guys. two minutes. no problem.

Same idea as you. I pulled out as much water as possible/safe and just held my breath and we moved it. Just think it through ahead of time and you'll be fine.

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If you can slide it onto a rolling cart or a piece of plywood to support the bottom that would be safer. If not, I'd say if it's just for a quick minute or so and you have as much water out as possible it will probably be ok.

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Not quite as large of a tank but I've done a 29 gallon onto a trailer to the next town with a couple of fish. No issues. Good luck!
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Avoiding twist is the key here. Tanks are strong if we don't put that twist in, so one idea that helps if we need to move it a long way is to add something really firm and solid under that ankd. We can often pry an end yuup after lowering the water and then gradually shim and pry it up to get something that will not twist placed under the whole tank. The solid item like a door, that does twist can then act as "handles" for helpers and then when one person falls a bit behind on even lifting, the board will not twist and break the tank.
If you think about it, getting four folks in exact same pattern for lifting is pretty hard.
It can be done but do keep in mind that it is a hazard and tanks don't really let us know that are about to break. First warning is that big, awful pop!
Can be a good idea to have a bucket of tank water handy---just in case you need to move some critters?
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A 40 gallon breeder weighs 58 pounds empty (https://mrfishkeeper.com/aquarium-sizes/), and it will have the additional weight of 3" bdbd and 1" of water, so you can count on it being at least 100 pounds. Two reasonably strong individuals can handle it, especially if they plan ahead.
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Tank move

I recently moved my fish room location. All my tanks that were set up where drained as much as possible. Any hardscape that might fall over was removed. No plants or gravel were removed.
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What I did in the past is had a scrap piece of plywood (3/4 inch) that was a few inches larger on all sides. Took out water, slide it in to plywood, then left and remove it allows to be moved and picked up several times... Sometimes I just leave the plywood under it...
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Thanks all for the replies! Iíll be giving it a go


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If you can slide it onto a rolling cart or a piece of plywood to support the bottom that would be safer. If not, I'd say if it's just for a quick minute or so and you have as much water out as possible it will probably be ok.

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Exactly what I do. No fear, and leave it on the cart until you are ready to move it back.

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