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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-02-2015, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Moving a long tank?

I am in the process of setting up a 12 gallon long tank iwagumi style. There will be a ~9l of aquasoil and ~15 lbs of seiryu stone. It should be set up by december of 2015. I will probably be moving out in april/may of 2016. What is the best way to move my tank? I'm pretty sure I should empty all the water or as much as possible along with live stock into separate containers/buckets. But do I have to completely tear the tank down (will have HC carpet)? Or move the hardscape out? I'm worried if I leave the rocks in there when I have someone help me move the tank it may crack in the center from the weight? Are my assumptions justified? Someone with experience chime in.
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I dont think the tank would crack in half from the weight or anything. But, that doesnt mean it'll be easy to move with anything int there. You could try leaving the substrate and plants in there for the move but I'd remove the stone at the very least if for nothing more than prevent the inevitable crack from a stone rolling into a side of the tank. I know the prospect of tearing down a tank is nothing fun; but probably easier in the long run.

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Tear the tank down and then move it. It's way too easy to have the substrata or other things shift and then loose control of the tank durring the move, resulting in an expensive mess.
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You can always inquire at your LFS about tank moving services, some places do it, and others might know someone who can. I know there is at least 1 most likely 2 in my area that specialize in tank maintenance and moving

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A 12 long is not much volume.
Remove the heavy things (water, stone). Put the fish in a separate container, and make sure the equipment is properly packaged. For a short move the filter can simply be moved as is, but for a longer move the bacteria are going to need more oxygen. Put the media in a bucket with just a little water for humidity.
Put the tank on a sheet of plywood that is a bit larger than the tank.
Have 2 people lift and carry it by the plywood.
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Our LFS helped us move our tank when we bought a house. It was nice to have someone who'd done it before show me how it's done. We took out rocks, most of the water and most of the fish (a couple were un-catchable). We didn't remove any plants or substrate. My husband and the owner of the store carried the tank down from our second story apartment to our truck and from the truck into the house. It was heavy, but manageable. The tank is a 29 gal.
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