Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lakewood, Colorado
Moving A Tank...I need suggestions As Soon as Possible!!
I am moving over to my college dorm today and am deciding to take my 20 gallon long with me. It is moderately planted, so I do not really want to tear everything up and have to replant it again. (especially my dwarf hair grass foreground!) The tank right now has some CPDs, three Otos and about 10 RCS.
My question is how should I go about moving this tank? I have some ideas but am not sure what I should do. I am only about 25 minutes away from teh school, so the ride will not be long.
1) I could drain the tank halfway or a little less and keep all the plants and fish/shrimp in the tank and move them like that. I am worried that that maybe while in the car, the Aquasoil substrate will stir around and in turn release ammonia and cause an ammonia spike hurting the fish. (I am not sure if disturbing the aquasoil will cause a spike or not...It has been set up in teh tank for 6 months now.)
2) I could TRY and catch all my fish and move them to a separate bucket during the move. I am not sure if I will be able to catch all the fish though because they are all fast/small and the tank has many plants making it difficult to catch all teh fish.
3) Or if i really have to, I could tear down teh entire tank and reset it up in my dorm. I would maybe like to avoid this though, but it could be a chance to do a rescape on my tank. hehe.
I would like to choose the best method that would prevent any fish deaths while I am transporting my tank. I really need some suggestions soon though since I have to finish moving into my dorm pretty soon.