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Moving Fish Tanks...

How have you done it? I'm only moving about 200 yards away, but it seems like a pain. My plan is move my 10g first, just filling 2 5 gallon buckets w/ the tank water, and then try and do the same with my 40g keeping the fish in the 2 buckets while adding water and dechlorinating overnight, then adding my substrate and the extra water? Any suggestions?
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sounds about right. you'll basically doing a full tear down and rebuild except that you'll be using seeded substrate. If you can use some of the old water, that would be less stressful for the fish. try to collect water towards the top of the tank as it tends to be cleaner.

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Oh yes I have done it. Except I was moving them 60 miles away. All of about 8 tanks and a 110 gallon stock tank with a dozen goldfish and 2 koi. I also had to move a 40 gallon planted a 29 gallon planted a 14 gallon planted a 10 gallon planted a 40 gallon emersed a 36 gallon saltwater reef a 10 gallon shrimp tank and a 3 gallon desktop tank. I was busy for a few weeks i can tell you that. Haha!

Wish you luck your plan sounds good. I had to make some shortcuts though. With my 10 gallon I emptied it about 2/3 of the way and carried it full with all fish plants and substrate. I also did this with 29 gallon and the 14 gallon, and oh my freakin god the 29 was heavy. Lol.
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so i can just carry the 10g full? It wont stress the glass too much or anything? And I do have to wait for the water to dechlorinate before readding substrate right?
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so i can just carry the 10g full? It wont stress the glass too much or anything? And I do have to wait for the water to dechlorinate before readding substrate right?
I would not recommend it really. There is a chance of the glass breaking. I just did that because there was no room for all of the buckets in the car. I took a chance and I got off without any mishaps.
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so i can just carry the 10g full? It wont stress the glass too much or anything? And I do have to wait for the water to dechlorinate before readding substrate right?
Oh, and about the substrate if you add prime to the tank and then fill it with a hose and let it sit for a few minutes it should be okay. It might kill off a bit of the bacteria in the substrate but if you save your filter media you should be fine.
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so should i wait to turn the filter on after adding water until it sits for a while to dechlorinate?
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