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I've read a lot of the moving threads and still can't decide if it will be less stressful on my fish if I move them in their tanks, or in buckets. It's a pair of 10 Gallon tanks. I can move them myself with several inches of water in the tank and wood removed. It's going to create a bit of a muck storm though no matter how careful I am. Netting them all will put stress on them as well, but I think taking the ride in a bucket of their own tank water with cellophane and a towel over the top would be a much smoother way to make the crosstown trip. Right now I'm leaning toward buckets. I have time to order a USB pump and get a sponge filter cycled in case they stay in the buckets longer than planned while the tanks refill and settle in the new location. I'll be prepared to do quick water changes for a few days if the tanks cycle, which I am pretty sure they will. I think if I buy a bigger net I can get them in the buckets without having to chase them too much. Keeping the buckets dark might lower the stress level, too. If you have any tricks, let me know.
 

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Move them in buckets or bags for sure. It will be somewhat stressful regardless. But it's a heck of a lot safer to move them in smaller containers. Way more convenient for you.

Get your critters into buckets. Keep them from overheating. If you have a battery-powered airstone or sponge? Awesome. If not? It'll be okay. Promise.

Keep your filter media wet on the journey. I usually store it wet in the filter or tie it up in a bag with tank water. Never had an issue - even after several days of travel.

Drain all the water from the tank. Shore up any hardscape you want to leave in-tank with bubble wrap, plastic bags, newspaper, packing paper, that sort of thing. Cover the tank with plastic wrap and tape it up to create a seal.

I find it helpful to have some wood slightly larger than the tank itself beneath the tank when moving/carrying. Makes things way easier.

If you want some super-detailed info about moving, feel free to poke through or search my post history, as I've gone in-depth with a few people the past year who did the same thing. Or if you have nervous questions or concerns, post 'em here. Some of us have been through this a ton of times and are happy to share.

Edit: Just make sure you're over-prepared. Not because you need to be but because you'll feel better about the move in general. Have some spare water in a jug. Towels. Maybe blankets to wrap tanks up for protection. Whatever it takes. It'll go way smoother than you're expecting but it definitely helps to feel prepared.
 

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Awesome, thanks! Yeah, I will over prepare, that sounds like the best plan. Definitely going the bucket route. So easy to carry and very little risk of dropping. If I drop or break a tank, I don't want there to be any fish in it.
 
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