for any one who didn't know i recently moved fro San Antonio Texas to Melbourne Florida with 5 tanks, that is over 1,200 miles, in a 27ft rental truck towing a car behind it.
it was quite a challenge, but we made it rather safely. so lets get right to it, heres how i moved all of 5 tanks, including livestock, taking a total of 6 days to tear down all 5 tanks and put all 5 back together, while only losing two fish.
so here are all of my tanks before tear down and move
my first challenge was figuring out how i was going to safely move everything, i had already downsized from 11 tanks to 5 in prepperation for the move. after thinking about it for sometime, i remembered that when i bought my stand for my hillstream tank it came wrapped in plastic wrap with very strong rounded cardboard covering the corners. so i thought that set-up would work well for protecting the glass.
i must have called 10 different places looking for that cardboard, and no one had it. finally a girl a officemax said, yeah we have that! so i drove out there and she walked me back to where it was supposed to be, but it wasn't there...she claimed they must have stopped carrying it.
i ended up at Lowes to buy the plastic wrap, and asked the guys if they any boxes i could use to cut up, and protect the corners.
special thanks at this point to my dad for helping me pack up my tanks, there is no way i could have finished it with out his help. he stayed up till after midnight with me.
my only mistake was not taking the same care with my 10g Tangerine Tiger/RCS/ Fry Grow out tank. all i did was drain nearly all of the water out.
my next larger problem was transporting all of my fish. My biggest concern was my hillstream loaches, i had already lost half of my population while i was working in florida for 3 weeks. but while looking on Aquabid for kordon bags i found a guy offering larger bags than i had seen anyone else selling. my thought being the bigger the bag, the more water it would hold, and the longer the fish would be okay in the bag. i had no idea how big the bags were really going to be....it was waaay to big, or just the right size, depending on how you look at it.
also to make the transition easier, i planned on bring as much tank water as i could because i didn't know what my water was going to be like when i got there. i later found it it was terrible, sulfur water with super high iron content, pretty terrible. the water softener wasn't set up and running, for tanks it was a terrible situation and not what i was expecting to walk into. i assumed that the water would at least be usable for even drinking, but it wasn't even drinkable.
anyway, i bought a couple extra jugs just to be safe, i wish i had bought more.
fast forward through some boring packing and catching fish. and here we are everyone is bagged up, plants in their own styrofoam box.
fish in their own bags (remember the giant bags i mentioned?)
i forgot to take a photo of the truck packed up, but it was full. my fishtanks and equip took up a 1/4th of the truck.
to be safe i put funiture covers under all of my tanks, and even put them between the tanks and anything else that might be next to them. which worked greatly for the tanks i put the pads under or around. this is where we come to my one mistake.