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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2007, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Moving 1 hr away; tank has shrimp fry

Next week I'm moving to Frederick, MD, and I'm taking my tank with me. It's 5g acrylic, it's my first, and I don't really know how to move a tank. I know a lot of people bag the fish, uproot the plants, remove all the water, etc. I would do that too, but I have RCS fry ~5 mm long, and I want to bring them along too. I really don't think I can net all of the baby shrimp. How do I deal with that? Do I trap them? Do I remove the fish, drain 80% of the water and transport my shrimp in the tank?

Or do I just get over my emotional attachment to these guys and buy new shrimp/fish when I get there?
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Can you take about half the water out and move it carefully in the front seat of your car? For just an hour's drive I think that would work just fine, no problems except maybe some cloudiness for a few days.

And no, you don't have to get over your emotional attachment ~ I don't intend to.

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I can. I just wanted to know if it was a good/bad idea. I think I will probably be OK so long as I drive much more carefully than I usually do. Thanks.
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I agree. Good luck!

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With a 5 gallon, I would definitely go with CampCreek's suggestion. I did that with my 12 gallon recently, which was probably pushing it but, no leaks in the tank and I didn't even have to bother uprooting plants or removing fish.
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It's a plastic tank, so I'm not worried about it breaking. It'll flex enough to avoid that. I've just never done this before, so I was worried that the sloshing water would tear everything apart. I'll remind myself to be un-young and un-stupid and to drive like my mother.
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Put the tank in a box with padding all around it to prevent movement
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... I was worried that the sloshing water would tear everything apart.
If you want to for sure not be worried about that, you can stick a "baffle" in it ~ some sort of rigid plastic piece, maybe an appropriately sized rubbermaid container lid, held in the tank with duct tape? It doesn't have to be perfect and perpendicular to the sides ~ a little slanted would still work. Then again, that might squash some shrimp, where if you just drive them the worst that could happen is a bit of motion sickness.

Oooh, funny thought ~ shrimp with motion sickness "feeding the fishes". I kill me.

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If you want to for sure not be worried about that, you can stick a "baffle" in it ~ some sort of rigid plastic piece, maybe an appropriately sized rubbermaid container lid, held in the tank with duct tape?
That's an excellent idea. I see how that would work. I'll let you know if my shrimp start shaking their clenched front claws at me.
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Heeheehee!

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