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short term plant storage

Hello Folks,

I am moving very shortly and need to tear down my 40B planted tank because I am going to set up a 55 gal in the new place instead of the 40, However, it may take me several weeks to get the new tank ready for plants ( need to get substrate, tank stand, etc.

How can I store my plants until then? Can i just put them in a bucket with some substrate?

I have low light plants including anubias, wisteria, java fern & moss, crypts...

do I need to set up some temporary lighting or can I just set them by the window?

any comments would be appreciated

Thanks
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A few days maybe a week like that is probably OK. Several weeks is more than even the more durable plants would like.
Here is what I would do:

Find as clear a storage box as possible.
Set it up like a tank, with enough substrate to hold down the rooted plants.
Put a light over it, just in case the ambient light is not enough. 'By a window' might be OK if they get a little direct light, or fairly bright light all day. (That is why a clear box is best- more light enters from the sides)
Add something for water circulation, a bubbler or small power head.
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I did what Diana mention when I moved from one state to another. I bought a dog food storage bin with a flip top (punched a few holes in it for air since it was in the back of my suv). Put substrate in bottom then plants and fish. It was tall enough for the plants. They were in the car for about 32 hours with no real light or filter and when I got to my destination I plugged in a small HOT filter and clip on light and they stayed there for few weeks (maybe a month) until the moving truck arrived and I could unpack.

I've also used a 2.5 g bucket and a small HOT filter fits on it as well. But for travel and ease of transporting the Dog food container was great since the top was rectangle and not round (as well as the clip on light held pretty securely for the same reason) and I picked it up from wally world for about 8 dollars. I still have it and use it for holding tank stuff.
The clip on light was also from wally world and was about $6 and then the cost of a 26w grow bulb.

Good luck with your move!


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How long might they be out of the tank?


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Thanks for the input folks,

from your suggestions, this is the plan I am developing

I am going to set up my 5 gallon bucket with some substrate in the bottom. I am going to plant the plants, and add my raphael catfish (only fish I am taking with me)

I have a fixture that I can use to run a CFL bulb in. ( it looks like the PIXAR lamp, haha )

Also I am going to use my very small internal filter, it runs about 50 gph. plenty for a 5 gallon bucket.
I believe this is the one:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00176GKM8/...l_5e0alzxwdl_b

This sounds to me like I am setting up an aquarium in a bucket...just hope my plants dont die!!!

thanks again...planted bucket and planted 55g to come!
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That sounds like a great plan! I've been keeping some plants alive for a few days now in a plastic bag... so I think you're gonna be alright!


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That sounds like a great plan! I've been keeping some plants alive for a few days now in a plastic bag... so I think you're gonna be alright!
walmart bag? Lol

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