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Need to move a 55g tank

HI all. I need to move a 55 gallon dirted tank that is heavily planted to another room. I have hardwood floors and so sliding the tank and stand across the floor is not problem.. But I don't want to tear down my tank. and trying to catch my fish is a Nightmare. mostly the Khuli loaches are the true PITA. I have Mostly tetras, Can i drain my tank 3/4 down and slide it to the other room.. Or do i need to tear it completely down?

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I moved my fully filled 29 gallon tank on a carpet floor using furniture sliders. We used a crowbar to lift the stand just enough to get the sliders underneath the stand. Some water splashed on the floor (and me) but it worked.
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yea i got a piece of plywood under it to distribute the weight so sliding it wont be a problem, and it wont scratch the floors (don't ask me how i know). But i guess i'm just scared that it would disturb the substrate or make my tank leak or something.
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I moved a 40 gallon breeder from one house to another. I drained it down to three inches of water and left all the plants and gravel because I did not want to disturb them. I got two men to carry it to my truck and I drove it to Lakeland and they carried it inside for me. Everything was fine and they said it wasn't very heavy. I guess it weighed about eighty pounds with all the stuff.

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So i guess it safe if i drain it down 3/4 the way. and leave the fish in the tank and just slide it across to the new location. fill it and set it back up and be good to go. i don't have to worry about the tank stand as its made of 2x4 pine stud. so i'll guess that's what i will do then.
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so i guess it safe if i drain it down 3/4 the way. And leave the fish in the tank and just slide it across to the new location. Fill it and set it back up and be good to go. I don't have to worry about the tank stand as its made of 2x4 pine stud. So i'll guess that's what i will do then.
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So i guess it safe if i drain it down 3/4 the way. and leave the fish in the tank and just slide it across to the new location. fill it and set it back up and be good to go. i don't have to worry about the tank stand as its made of 2x4 pine stud. so i'll guess that's what i will do then.
Should be fine. The water will cloud up once filled, but the fish will be okay.

I moved a 55g that was 1/4 full. Though I only moved it a couple of feet
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Drained down to a few inches of water should be fine for the tank.

Sliding that weight on a Hardwood floor, I'd be much more worried about the Floor. Good luck with that. You're right be between Brave & Foolish on this plan. Good Luck.
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If there is doubt about the sliding , A set of nice rollers can be made from 3/4 PVC pipe. Cut to the length that will leave some sticking out and plenty to move one to the front and keep several under the stand will make it safe to move. Congrats on the good strong stand. I guess people will still call it over built?
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