Moving 101: 3 Tips For Safely Relocating Your Aquarium

Posted on: 29 April 2016

Relocating an aquarium is often a huge challenge. Unlike moving personal belongings, you cannot simply throw the tank in a box and move it. Whether you are moving across the country or down the block, you must take precautions when moving your aquarium. If not done properly, you can wind up losing all of your fish—and that's a huge investment.

So how can you safely move your aquarium? Here are three tips:

1. Save The Tank Water

One of the most effective ways to keep your fish healthy and happy is to save the water that is already in your tank. Since the current tank water is already adjusted for your fish, they are less likely to go into shock. Another huge benefit of saving the tank water is that your new set-up will take a lot less time to cycle and become healthy again.

Although it might sound difficult, it is actually fairly easy to save the tank water. All you need to do is place it in a clean bucket and seal it closed. Just make sure you clean the tank and the water first, as you want the water to be in the best possible condition before moving.

2. Store Filters and Plants

When moving, try to store all of your filters and plants in the tank water. Storing these items in the tank water will keep the bacteria colonies intact, which will help your tank tremendously. It will also ensure that your items do not dry out, die, or become damaged.

To store filters, place them into a plastic bag with enough tank water to keep the filter submerged. For plants, store them in a plastic bag filled with just enough water to keep the roots wet.

3. Transporting Fish

Depending on the length of your move, you may be able to take your fish with you. If the move is shorter, usually only a couple hours, you can easily transport the fish yourself. All you need to do is place the fish into a plastic bag with clean water. To ensure the fish stay safe, take these bags to a pet store and have them filled with oxygen.

If you are moving a long distance, you probably don't want to transport your fish yourself. In these instances, you might want to store them at a fish or pet store. Once you get to your destination, have the fish packed and shipped to you. Although not ideal, it will ensure your fish stay healthy and happy for the move. Just make sure you choose a pet or fish store that you trust.

Moving with an aquarium is certainly a challenge. Fortunately, with the right precautions you can help keep your tank and your fish healthy and happy throughout the duration of the move. These tips, along with a moving service, can help ensure that you and your aquarium get to your destination safely.