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Moving my 45 Step-by-Step, Lots of pics NO 56K!

I just finished moving my 45g to a new place, and I figured I'd document and share. It was a relatively short distance move, about 7 miles, but it did involve breaking down the tank almost in its entirety, and setting it up all over again. So, here goes...


Here's the tank (a bit overgrown, I know - but it was the last of my posessions that I moved, and was neglected for about 10 days):





I started by removing 4 buckets of water before I started stirring things up. One of them would be for the fish and shrimp, two of them would be for the plants, and the last would be to keep the filter running for as long as possible.

As soon as the water level approached the filter intake, I unplugged it, removed it's intake and outflow (and the driftwood) and started it up again in the last bucket. I did this to try and prevent the contents from becoming anaerobic. I will leave them running this way until I'm ready to drive them to the new place:





Next, I started removing the plants. Here's a fairly large amazon sword:





And a furcata stem that grew around the surface and was *no kidding* 5 feet long:





After I got all of the plants out, I started removing the fish. I also discovered that I had A LOT more japonica shrimp than I thought. The shrimp did not like the whole ordeal and actually attacked my arm as it was in the tank! Anyway, the fish in a bucket:





The tank drained and off its stand:





Then I unhooked the CO2 canister and the pH controller, and packed them safely. At this point I unplugged the filter, closed the valve on the intake and outflow connections at the canister, drained the tubing - reactor and UVS, and wrapped the entire stand in a moving blanket:





I packed everything into the back of the car as quickly and carefully as possible, drove to the new place, and set everything back up as quickly as possible:





Ran the HOT Magnum as a DE filter for a few hours:





Replanted:





Re-acclimated:





Drank beer (not pictured).

Any questions?

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haha i like the "drank beer" part. Ive got to move my 100 gallon next may to atlanta. Im thinking ill just drain the tank down to about 20% and leave everything planted. I think everything will do fine doing that so i dont have to take everything out and replant it. Your tank does look so much better in the new setup.

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Looking good! That must have been alot of work! Keep us updated.
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I agree, the new scape looks great. It has a lot more "dimension" to it for want of a better word.
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it looks better now than it did before.

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That must have been alot of work!
It took 13 hours, start-to-finish with one 15 minute break to eat something.

Thanks all for the kind words, I like the new setup MUCH better myself!

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it looks better now than it did before.
I agree. Great job on the documentation.
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Ive got to move my 100 gallon next may to atlanta. Im thinking ill just drain the tank down to about 20% and leave everything planted.
That's gonna still be a lot of weight.
Very easy to stress the tank while moving it with that much weight in it.
Be very careful.
I strongly recommend that you seriously consider a complete drain.
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What I've done with good success is take out all the hardscapes and as much water as I can get (syphon deep into the substrate, tilt the tank, get it all) and then gently bend any plants that are planted towards the center. Take wet newspaper and lay it over the top of the bent stems and just move it that way. I had a spritz bottle that I would soak down the newspaper with every once in awhile. This works up to about a 20 or 29 gallon, but beyond that I'd be afraid the weight of the substrate would break the tank.

Great documentation - nice looking setup! I'm going to have to do that myself in about a month. *sigh*


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It took 13 hours, start-to-finish with one 15 minute break to eat something.
Wow! only a 15min break in 13hrs,you must have been very hard on yourself. But then again,i understand why you went to such an extent,had my own fair share of experiences. One good reason why i have the comment below in my signature.
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haha i like the "drank beer" part. Ive got to move my 100 gallon next may to atlanta. Im thinking ill just drain the tank down to about 20% and leave everything planted. I think everything will do fine doing that so i dont have to take everything out and replant it. Your tank does look so much better in the new setup.
The bottom of the tank will break and 20% of the water, all the substrate and plants will be covering the floor and everyone's feet. Larger tanks like a 100gal cannot take that kind of stress.
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hey i have a question...how long did you wait for the new tank to run with the filters until you put your fish in there? does the tank have to go through a cycle first or not since you have the cycled filters and stuff?

also, you keep shrimp with an angelfish?? He doesnt try to eat them?

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Just waited the amount of time it took to re-acclimate the fish (I usually do this over several hours). The tank was already cycled, filter was only stopped for about 90 minutes.

The angel has not bothered the amano shrimp. BUT I wouldn't put cherries in there.

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in a month and a half I need to move my 120gal tank....I am not looking forward to it since I will have to also haul it down a flight of stairs. Your tank looks great btw.
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hey i have to move a 100 gallon tank 3 hours away!! Good luck oblong..

100g tank:10 small angelfish, 1 harlequin rasbora, 2 albino cory, 2 clown loach, 1 rubberlip pleco, 1 bristlenose pleco and 1 apisto borellis.
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