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Old 05-08-2018, 07:42 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: Moving Tank (from state to state) need help.

Ok so here is a problem i have encountered:

We will have the tank in a trailer *covered trailer obviously* and I'm keeping the fish in between my legs the entire 12/hr trip.
So how the curse word am i going to mist the plants every 30 minutes-1 hour? Well I'm not.
And i cant leave 1" of water or else I'm curse word.....

Well what now?...
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From my experience, as long as the air is humid enough, plants will be fine for 12 hours. I often keep plants cuttings closed in ordinary plastic bag with just few drops of water for several days with no visible ill effects (exception are floaters which lose their roots very quickly, but they recover). When I'm buying plants from online shops or other hobbyists, they often send them wrapped in plastic foil without water as well and they travel for at least 24 hours..

I would just wrap the tank with foil and let wet substrate to take care of humidity.
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From my experience, as long as the air is humid enough, plants will be fine for 12 hours. I often keep plants cuttings closed in ordinary plastic bag with just few drops of water for several days with no visible ill effects (exception are floaters which lose their roots very quickly, but they recover). When I'm buying plants from online shops or other hobbyists, they often send them wrapped in plastic foil without water as well and they travel for at least 24 hours..

I would just wrap the tank with foil and let wet substrate to take care of humidity.
This is a very good point. We mail plants from hobbyist to hobbyist many times, using Priority Mail, which takes 3 days. Add 2 more days for the pre-shipping and post-arrival activity, and we have 5 days out of the water. That works very well. Years ago I wrapped a bunch of identical plants for mailing, using different packaging methods (damp plants in plastic sandwitch bag, the same, but with plants inside wet paper towel, and the same, with a little water in the bag) then I put them in the back seat of my car for 3 days, and did my usual driving around, parking, etc. Another day later I opened the boxes of plants, and all of them survived equally well. That convinced me that it isn't at all critical how you handle plants that are damp if you want them to survive.
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Thanks guys! ill update this when we begin to move should be may 4th around there.
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Hi, all.

About moving plants: some can be a little fragile; swords and crypts tend to break the leaves at the base - normally stemplants are more flexible. Carpets are best taken out of substrate, cleaned and replanted on arrival.
Can you get a couple of 2Gal jugs of spring water with screw-on caps? Fill them with tank water drop all your larger plants into one and screw on cap. In the other put in a heater, and an airstone then (this takes time and patience) drop in each fish.
Airstone connects to 12V though Auto/Car AC/DC inverter.
I did this earlier this year - out of some 30 fish I only lost two.
About the tanks, it's by far the easiestway (and remember: water is VERY heavy...) to drain the water as much as possible, also avoids 'rearranging' your substrate while taking curves on the road.

Good luck!
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Ok well we moved,
i drained ALL the tank water (except 1/6th of an inch) and laid 3 layers of paper towels on top of all the plants (trimmed). Everything made it!
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