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Old 02-05-2014, 03:39 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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My husband and I are currently house hunting and are curious as to what is the easiest/least stressful way to relocate our fish during a move? We have 2 tanks, a 45 gallon and 15 gallon. The 45 gallon has semi aggressive's such as blood parrots, danios, gouramis, bala shark, etc. The smaller tank has tetras, a female betta, ghost catfish and guppies. Any advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:11 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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fish shipping bags are the easiest method, you can order them lots of places, then place in a sytafoam (or hard sided cooler)
if you cant do shipping bags, hard sided coolers and buckets will work.
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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If you put them in the bags dont feed them for a couple of days before too to keep ammonia at a min.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:39 PM
 
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If you aren't moving too far I'd suggest moving the fish at a different time than most of your belongings.

Remember the fish aren't the only living things in your aquariums. Placing a foam filter in the tanks a week or two before the move and placing them in the tanks after will help re-establish the bacteria in your new location. Rinsing the tank decorations and gravel will work, but I wouldn't scrub or sterilize them until the water chemistry is stable in the new location.
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:07 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Thanks for the excellent information guys
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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Here are some hints:
Moving Fish: You CAN Take ‘Em With You
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:12 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I've only moved fish in-town, but the way we do it is to put the fish in buckets and then drain the tanks as far down as possible but leave the gravel wet.

If you've been thinking about a bigger tank, a move is a good excuse to upgrade and then you can set up the new tank first and just drive the fish over in a bucket, then go back to empty the old tank (and bring it over and fill it up with more fish )
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