How to move your aquarium?

When the times comes that you have to move to a new home, that is a time to rejoice. You are getting an opportunity to restart your life in a way. The times may be stressful, but they will be over soon and you will be able to look back and smile. That won’t happen by itself though. So, you have to do your best in planning the move so it goes as smooth as possible. From hiring a quality moving company to packing your belongings you have to think about many things. Usually, we all have at least a couple of things in our home, that are bulky and not that easy to move. Figuring out how to move your aquarium, your hot tub and other such things is not easy but is definitely doable. We have prepared a guide for you to move your aquarium, so let’s begin.

yellow fish swimming underwater

Planning everything properly is the key when moving something like an aquarium

Firstly, to move your aquarium you will need the help of professionals

Whether you are moving to Tucson AZ, or to New York City, some things are a constant. Having good, responsible movers by your side means that your move will be a lot easier one. The sole purpose of a moving company is to help their clients move from their old home to a new one. There are some people who may underestimate and outright dismiss the role of movers, but that could not be further from the truth. It is not just about picking up boxes and carrying them. Choosing the best way to load them up, finding the best route, safely carrying your belongings, and even assisting you in packing everything up if you hire movers to do that too, is what their role is. Having them handle your sensitive items such as glassware and an aquarium will make your move a lot less stressful.

You have to prepare everything properly, before packing

Good preparation is the key to organizing the move in a good way. Before you actually hire movers Sahuarita AZ for moving the aquarium and the rest of your belongings, there are some things that you have to check out. The new location has to fulfill several key conditions in order to be able to support your aquarium. Firstly, regarding space in general, you have to be sure that the new location is able to support the weight and size of the aquarium. Next, it has to be able to provide adequate conditions in regards to light, electricity.

five orange fishes on body of water

Make sure that you have all supplies before you start moving an aquarium

So, is there an electricity supply close to the spot that you will move your aquarium to? The water has to be really similar, if not completely the same as the one that you have been using. Compare the pH, alkalinity and other important chemical parameters. You should also clean the filter around two weeks prior to moving. However, make sure that you do not remove any important biological elements because they are crucial for healthy aquarium water. Also, you should prepare a portion of 25% of your aquarium’s volume of conditioned water, a couple of days before the move.

How to move the fish and the plants?

When packing things, it is important that you use quality packing supplies, however, when having to move your aquarium, you also have to think about moving the fish, the plants and any other of its inhabitants. The key to doing this successfully is, of course, water. You should transport as much of the water as possible. Ideally, you should take around 80% of the water. This will help decrease the stress for the aquarium’s inhabitants. The best way to do this is to use 5-gallon buckets that have snap-on lids on their top. Now, when about to move your aquarium, you will have to take into consideration the size of the fishes.

Those smaller and medium ones require only fish bags in most cases. Styrofoam shipping containers can also be used to maintain the proper temperature.  For larger fishes, you will have to use buckets, tubs or coolers. How to exactly transport them? Make use of a battery operated air pump in the large fish containers when moving them. This is especially useful for long-distance moves and in hot weather. In fish bags, there should around 1/3 of water and 2/3 of air. Double bag every bag just in case, and do not forget to not to blow into the bag to inflate them.

How to pack the aquarium?

Now, let’s see how to do the central part. Firstly, you need to unplug the heater. Let it cool off for around 30 minutes at least. The next thing to do is to siphon the water out. So, it would be great if you could get all that water transported also. Use transport containers for this. When it comes to protecting the décor items, you will have to be really careful. They can be really sensitive, and the same goes for artificial plants. Do not put fish and other life forms in the same containers as the rocks and similar objects. They could injure your animals and what is the point then. When it comes to plants, it is possible to transport them in water or you can warp them in some wet newspaper and put them in a sealed container.

To move an aquarium, you have to plan it properly first

Use containers to fix the aquarium when you put it in the transport

If by any chance you try to remove the décor items before you drain the aquarium, make sure that the all the stirred dirt settles down before you start filling the transport containers. Once you remove everything else, you can drain and throw away the last quarter of the water. It is important that the gravel or water is not still in the aquarium during the transport. To protect the aquarium during the transport, you should wrap some blankets, or something similar around it and the fix it somehow in place. You could use bricks or something to that effect for this. The best solution, however, for this may be that you use the used up containers.

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