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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-15-2014, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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moving a 75 gallon tank

Hey folks. I moving to a new home about 10miles away and I'm a bit worried about moving a tank this size without killing my fish. Would someone please share your experience or offer advice on moving a tank this size.

My plan so far is to leave the substrate and plants in place. My substrate is about 4inches deep. I will remove fish and shrimp and place in another large container (Rubbermaid) with some plants for them to hide in. I will add stress coat. I'm not sure on how much man power it will take to lift the tank without water and place on a truck? Should I rent suction cups for lifting and are they reliable?

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I've moved about 5 times with fish tanks, its no easy task. I always set up a holding tank (rubbermaid is fine) with their substrate, water, driftwood, plants, filter ect at the new place. Then I would transport them and put them in the holding tank. Then empty the main tank completely, take it to the new house, set it up then transfer the fish back to their home. Be ready for a mini cycle. Don't rush it, that's when mistakes are made. Leaving the substrate is going to make that tank really heavy, you'll need 3-4 guys for that.

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I own a window company and we use suction cups all the time and they are very reliable (the good ones are anyway) but I don't think they would be necessary because the best way to support a tank is from the bottom. The tank and substrate should come in right at 250 lbs. and that's a four man job which is perfect because you have four corners.

The most important thing is to clean yourself a clear path and not just a narrow walkway. In the bed of the truck layout some 2 x 4's so that you can set it down without losing fingers.

Other than it being extremely heavy and scarier than .........a piece of cake ;-)
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Depends on how strong you and a friend are... My friend and I moved a 135 oceanic (about 300lbs) into my new place a few weeks ago, and the first thing is to get the stand exactly where you want it and level it out, then bring in the tank. I usually leave most of the substrate, if it doesn't add an extra 100 pounds or so and leave the filter uncleaned. As soon as it is set up, fill with water and dechlorinator then let it run for an hour or so, and move the fish back in. Even with new water, you shouldn't lose much bacteria since nothing is getting cleaned up real good. My 135 was empty when I got it, but I took an FX5 from an existing 125 and threw it on the new tank, and I never went through a cycle (brand new water, substrate etc)


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On moving the fish, I would not want to have anything in with them. Hard stuff, even fake plants can shift and pin live stuff. I would suggest Bagging as if you were moving them or at least separate containers for fish and shrimp. In close spaces fish which may not bother the shrimp might be more apt to do some damage. I far favor bagging and a box over any open container. If there is a sudden stop, an open container may tip and fish will die while you run around looking for water. Hope for the best but far better to plan for the worst? It can keep a simple fender bender from becoming a full blown disaster.
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