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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-10-2012, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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New Tank Moveability

Hey Guys,

I posted a thread in the equipment forum the other day about being nervous I had ruined my tank by lifting it with water in it.

I feel a bit better about all of that stuff but here's the thing. I have my tank and all the supplies ready to go, but there is a good chance my boyfriend and I will be moving later this year. Obviously moving a tank is a huge undertaking and I wasn't sure if I wanted to get it up and running knowing I might have to tear the whole thing down in 6 months.

I am building a stand though so then I thought, what if when I build it, we make the topper on the stand removable that the tank sits on, and then that can be lifted off. That way, we could drain the tank down to 1" of water or so and just lift the base, which will support the tank, and bring it to our new apartment. Think like this, except without wheels obviously, where the top part lifts off and you can carry the whole tank on a base board:

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Does this seem at all like a viable idea to you guys?
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Most aquariums will be able to be moved with some water in them, i have done this with a 29 gallon tank without any kind of board under it. I drained the tank till i could lift it (there was about 5 inches or a bit less water left in it) carried it out to my car and drove it to it's new home (about 20 minutes away) fish were still in the tank. Set it back up on the stand and it has been running ever since, no leaks or anything. Btw that was in 2005. Not sure how big your tank is as this becomes much more difficult as the tank goes up in size. Ymmv.

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Your tank would be fine on the supporting reinforced plywood. I think that is a great idea.


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Glass can handle a lot of direct weight just make sure you avoid tortion or flexing of the glass

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having moved a 55g the hard way with water and fish still in (I was still a newb, but no leaks 3 years later) that sounds like a pretty solid idea for transport when you move. I'm dreading moving, it will prob. take a day just to deal with my tanks :S


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I think you'll be okay and it's def. a good idea to use the board. I never thought about that in any of my moves. I've moved everything from a 10g to 55g with water, substrate, plants and fish all in it and lost nothing so far. My 125g is what's going to require a day all to itself to move when that time comes.

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Under my aquarium is TV stand with two boards, its used for Tv rotating. You could just made a stand with two boards: one is fixed to stand one is not. You could also made a deppresion or hole (not all the way trough) in upper board for aquarium to sit in so when its moving it wont slip of the board.

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