moving a fish tank

How to Move a Fish Tank Correctly

As anyone who engages in the hobby of aquariums knows, the soothing calmness and soft illumination of a fish tank containing various types of fish, live rock or coral, or plants, is something to behold and enjoy. And as an individual’s interest grows, so usually does the size and complexity of the hobby grow with it. Fish tanks can be especially problematic when maintaining and moving one, even a short distance can be quite an undertaking. Anytime one has to disrupt the eco-system developed to maintain a fresh or saltwater aquarium, one has to be both knowledgeable and careful not to unrest or destroy the natural balance of this extremely delicate environment. Serenity yes, peaceful enjoyment, of course, time-consuming maintenance a must, and expensive by all means.

At Tru-Pak Moving Systems, North Carolina’s largest and most successful independent moving company we have a tremendous amount of experience advising residential and commercial clients on all aspects of any size moving project. Local, long-distance, and even international moves require planning, organization, and are time-consuming. The expense of moving is relative to how much time an individual wants to spend with all the processes or leave the heavy lifting to professional movers

So, if you are considering hiring a mover in Asheville NC, or are planning on doing-it-yourself and have an aquarium that will be making the trip, here are a few suggestions your will need to consider. You might also need to research specific aspects of maintaining the ecosystem itself if you are planning to transport the contents and set it up in a different location.

1.     Shifting Out Your Fish First

The first thing to keep in mind is that you simply cannot move the fish tank with many fish in it no matter how small it is. Select a large enough plastic container with ample room for your fish to freely move about and make sure the water gets aerated.

2.     Empty the Fish Tank

It is essential that you empty all of the contents of your fish tank once you have moved your fish. This is so you can reduce the weight and not damage the glass tank during movement. Coral, live rocks, and any other living species will need to be contained in water from the tank itself. Any decorative items will need to be removed from the fish tank as well. People who move short distances often try to move small fish tanks with everything inside, which may lead to damaging your tank. It is always better to be cautious when moving such a bulky, expensive item.

3.     Safely Preserve the Existing Water

The water inside the tank is also a living thing and needs to be preserved when you are moving the fish tank. This water has a natural nitrate balance and will need to be used in the transportation of living items as well as starting up the new tank when you have reached your final destination.

4.     Properly Preserve and Pack your Filter

It is important to avoid leaving your under-gravel filter in the fish tank regardless of the distance. If you have a separate filtration system you will need to contain the water and elements from it in a closed container. It is ideal to pack the filter in a sealed container to prevent any bacteria from reaching it. Heaters, air intakes, and hoses all need to be properly packed to avoid damage.

5.     Safely Disassemble the Tank and Clean

When emptying out the remaining contents such as gravel or sand, try and clean any debris found in it as much as possible. Drain the water from the fish tank and save as much as possible and now properly clean the tank so it is ready to be set up immediately upon arrival in your new home.  Some specialized aquariums are elaborate, making them a complex process to disassemble, while some are easy to manage. In case of any difficulty, you can always seek the help of trained personnel or hire a professional.

With these few simple steps, you can now easily move your fish tank without damaging the tank or its contents. Also, when moving long distances many species will not be able to live without proper ventilation and aeration.  It is important to seek the advice of a professional aquarium shop and learn how to properly move certain species, especially salt-water animals and corals.

If you live in Asheville NC and are in need of a professional mover to help you properly move your fish tank, call the professionals at Tru-Pak Moving Systems. We have been moving Asheville residents for over 60 years. Call us today for your free moving estimate at 1-(800) 659-1233.

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