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Question Moving to new city, best way to take aquarium?

Hey guys, I have a Fluval Edge 6g that I will need to transport in my upcoming move. It will be about an hour trip, I am thinking I will drop the water level to about half, and the top of the tank is sealed so that will really help with any splashing. Any other ideas? There are 2 small fish, 2 shrimp, and 2 snails in the tank. Is there a need for air pump for the trip with the reduced water volume? Any tips appreciated, thanks!
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No need for an air pump. But halfway still might not be enough. I'd suggest removing all the fauna, but if that's not going to happen, then just drop the water level down to just a few inches and don't worry about it. They'll all be fine like that for a few hours.
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Agreed. I'd take almost all of the water out and put your fauna in a homedepot bucket or smaller

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The more buckets with lids you have the better. Good luck.
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Remove all fauna, put aside in a clean container. Then drain the tank itself until an inch of water. The thing about leaving fauna in the tank, when the tank/ substrate shakes around while on the road decomposing material might floats up and can leech stuff to the water. You might want to check for ammonia before putting fauna back into the tank.


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i recently drove from north carolina to california with fish in my tanks. the biggest danger to your fish is going to be from water sloshing around. i would leave the water level higher than halfway. when the water moves back and forth, the fish will hide at the bottom of the tank. if there is only a few inches in the tank, the water will all slam to one side. if it is half full or more, the bottom couple inches will not move as much. the only fish i lost in the 2000+ mile trip were fish in a long tank that i had drained to three inches and was sitting lengthwise in the car. basically, every time i hit the gas or brakes, the water would slam back and fourth across the whole 48 inches of tank. some of my more delicate fish got beat to death.

other than the water sloshing, i wouldnt worry too much about a 1 hour trip...
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I would drain the tank as low as possible, leaving just enough water to cover the substrate. That way you don't have to worry about sloshing in the aquarium.

Buy some 5 gallon buckets from home depot. They come with tight lids and they're pretty cheap. Drill a small hole in the lid so you can feed through airline tubing from your battery operated air pump. Put your fish and filter media in these buckets. If you fill the buckets up mostly to the top, the water won't slosh around very much.
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I moved ten hours with my fish in an old bucket half filled with water and all survived. Nothing more nothing less.
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I would empty the tank because the tank may not be strong enough to hold even that small weight of substrate, decor and water.
A couple of 5 gallon buckets would be very handy. 1 gallon or so in one bucket with the fish will be fine for a couple of hours (includes tear down and set up time, plus an hour travel time).

If you do not want to tear down the tank then empty the water and slide the tank onto a stiff board to support the weight. But I would still remove the livestock.

Is the water at the new place similar enough to where you are now?
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just adding onto this topic. how do you go about starting the tank up again once you get there cycle wise? would the BB be able to survive without the filter running? could you just fill up a jar with the old tank water and keep your bio media in there?
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just adding onto this topic. how do you go about starting the tank up again once you get there cycle wise? would the BB be able to survive without the filter running? could you just fill up a jar with the old tank water and keep your bio media in there?
in such a short amount of time... yes.. The bacteria should be able to survive for at least a few days

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Thank you for the input all! A few more voices on the pump please? Reason says not to worry and I COULD but some plants in for a slight oxygen boost I suppose, it isn't fully planted yet. I'll be converting it at the new place

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Agreed. I'd take almost all of the water out and put your fauna in a homedepot bucket or smaller
This makes sense, will do. I have Some plastic 5gal-ish litter containers with good snap tight lids, anyone see a reason these wouldn't be suitable if I rinsed them well? I want to bring one full of new water and one with the fish.

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I would empty the tank because the tank may not be strong enough to hold even that small weight of substrate, decor and water.
A couple of 5 gallon buckets would be very handy. 1 gallon or so in one bucket with the fish will be fine for a couple of hours (includes tear down and set up time, plus an hour travel time).

If you do not want to tear down the tank then empty the water and slide the tank onto a stiff board to support the weight. But I would still remove the livestock.

Is the water at the new place similar enough to where you are now?
No idea about water quality...I do have a good water filter for changes, not R/O but thorough, and I'm taking some water from the current place to fill the tank back up. anyone ever check their tap water with a PPM meter? The results can be disturbing 320PPM here in Melbourne and I don't expect any better where I'm headed. Zerowater filters really do drop the water to 0PPM, I can taste the difference
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