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Transporting planted tank?

Hello, quick question.
School is finishing up in a few weeks and I'm going to need to bring my 10g tank home. This might be a dumb question, but is moving a planted tank any different than a non planted?

I know to drain the water and keep the filter wet, etc. Should I keep my driftwood and river rocks in the tank itself or should I keep them in my bucket with the water or will they be okay to stay in the tank?

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With it just being 10 gallons, I'd just drain the water, put it on a piece of composite to keep it flat to move it.

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I was planning on Cutting out a side of the original box and just sliding it in, then reselling the box and carrying it out with my Dad

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I would take out the river rocks and the driftwood if it's sharp.
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10gal shouldn't be too tough to move. I've had to move my 30gal back and forth to school a couple times and it is somewhat of a pain. I just explained on another thread how I did it. https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...-aquarium.html Hope that helps give you some ideas. Compared to what I have to go through to move my tank, I'm sure a 10gal shouldn't give you much trouble at all. I probably wouldn't even worry about taking the substrate out, just drain the water and take out any large river rocks or driftwood. I moved a non-planted 10gal last year which my sister is now keeping. It really wasn't difficult at all.
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Ditto: Take out the heavy things like rocks. A not-very-deep layer of sand or gravel is OK, but if you have any question about weight, remove this, too.
Get help if needed, keep from twisting the tank when you lift it. Keep it level.
A 10 is a lot easier to handle than a larger tank.

On the other hand, if you had plans to redo the tank, this is a good excuse.

Nitrifying bacteria need humidity, they do not have to be under water. They need oxygen. If the move is less than 1 hour, I would put the filter media in a plastic bag to keep it damp. Or if it is in a canister filter, leave it there. If it is more than an hour I would put it in a larger container with some water and plenty of air. (Sort of like moving the fish: the air is the important part!)

Most plants can be moved by keeping them damp, for example between wet paper towels. If you are leaving them in the tank the leaves can dry out. Some plants are worse than others for this.
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Everything depends on how long the drive is
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The drive is between 1-1.5 hours. I'll probably take my wisteria out but the rest of my plants are pretty low to the ground so they will probably be okay if I leave them in.

I'll definitely take out my large rocks and driftwood. I just hope the anubias I have tied to them don't fall off or break.

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You could put saran wrap over the top to keep moisture in the tank if you want to keep all your plants planted in place.
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You could put saran wrap over the top to keep moisture in the tank if you want to keep all your plants planted in place.

Yeah this is what I would do. Also get a spray bottle and once you get water out just mist all the plants well and seal it up. That short of a drive shouldn't hurt anything.
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That's a great idea! thanks everyone

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Yeah this is what I would do. Also get a spray bottle and once you get water out just mist all the plants well and seal it up. That short of a drive shouldn't hurt anything.
Just be sure to mist with dechlorinated water.
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I was planning on Cutting out a side of the original box and just sliding it in, then reselling the box and carrying it out with my Dad
I'm doing the same thing so the bottom is supported when I am putting it in the box.

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