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Entering a contest. How to transport your tank.

How do people transfer their tanks to contests, shows, exhibits,etc., without completely ruining their aquascape? I can see it now....my aquascape sloshing around in my car and looking like trash for showtime. I've never done it before and always wondered how people do it. Nano tanks, maybe..... but larger tanks must be a PITA to transfer.

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I could see moving the smaller tanks, they are light enough to carry safely, but larger tanks would be pretty delicate. Might strain the seals having to lift that weight.

Anyway:
1) Drain the tank
2) Add packing (soft sheets of foam, not bubble wrap) to stabilize rocks or driftwood that might shift.
3) Slide some plywood under the tank and carry the tank on the wood.
4) Fill with enough water to keep the plants happy. (If you are concerned with water sloshing out of the tank onto the car seat put the tank in a larger container, Styrofoam box, ice chest or plastic storage bin.)
5) Drive carefully
6) On arrival, drain the tank, move it to the display location, remove the packing and refill it.

If you are including livestock, then I would bring water from home to top off the tank. Plants are not so picky.
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A lot of the contests are submitting pictures. Sometimes you have to show time dated photos with the empty tank and progress shots all the way along. Shrimp contests, you have to ship the shrimp to them or bring them the day of and they provide a tank and water or you can bring your own water. Then the shrimp are auctioned off at the end.

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Thanks for the replies. Thinking of entering a local contest for nano tanks and people take their tanks to the event so I was curious about that.

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It's a PITA. I don't really understand how jar shows, and nano tank shows are good for the livestock, but whatever. I just do the livestock-less nano shows myself.

I drain the tank until the water is just below the substrate and then Saran wrap the top. That way the plants stay content but there is no sloshing, and the substrate is more likely to stay in place. Heavily planted, rooted tanks are easier to move as the soil will stay in place when covered by sod.

I don't have livestock in my tanks for shows so I crank the co2 and get it pearling for the show.


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