How To Transport A Fish Tank Safely
Transport a fish tank can be a very challenging experience to be honest but it can also be a very rewarding one. Remember that dislocating fish from their environment is very stressful for them so try to place them in a holding tank during the process. Plus, the aquariums are delicate and things can get messy if you don’t do this properly. With that in mind, here are some of the things that you need to focus on when you want to transport the aquarium.
You will have to ready the new location first. This means that the place has to be clean, with a surface level and if possible add in a Styrofoam mating under the aquarium if you can. Also, prepare the holding container for the fish because they will be in a strange habitat and they need to be comfy. It’s a good idea to have buckets as well as containers when you move the tank, just to be on the safe side if something will happen and it might! Some rags and newspapers might come in handy if there are any spills.
Transport a fish tank step by step
- You need to syphon water from the tank into the holding container where the fish will be placed. This will make the transition process easier for the fish so keep that in mind because it will help you quite a lot in this regard.
- Remember to catch the fish with a net and then transfer all of them in the holding container. It’s a good idea to cover the container at least partially if you want to get the best results.
- Once you did that, you need to remove all the external attachments and unplug them. Offer aeration to the holding tank as your fish will need oxygen to breathe. That’s important especially if you move a large aquarium in the first place.
- Try to syphon as much water as you can in the buckets because this will make the transportation process easier. Also, keep some water in the tank as this will allow you to maintain the landscaping and gravel bed undisturbed.
- Lift the tank and place it in the truck. Add the water containers inside the truck as well and visit it periodically, also place the one with your fish as well.
- Once you get to the new site, lift the aquarium and then place it on the new spot. Add all the external attachments, plug the aerator pumps, lights and heaters to make it run properly.
- Place the water inside and test its integrity. You can adjust the water quality if you so desire, that shouldn’t be that much of a problem in the first place.
- Only when you see that the water condition is good should you place the fish back inside the tank.
- Lastly, make sure that you are cleaning up the spills and put away the buckets.
These are all things you have to do when you move your aquarium to a new place. Granted, it will be challenging but it will also be rewarding!