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Old 05-10-2020, 08:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am in a panic about an upcoming move. I have a 40 gal breeder tank with tetras, 1 remaining molly, and a 2 1/2 year old angelfish. The tank has a dirt substrate with gravel on top, and 2 primary plantings: a grass like plant about 3 inches tall covering about 1/3 of the tank, and 4 tall plants with mostly exposed roots and large-ish leaves (wish I knew the names of these gifted plants). I will be moving about 70 miles away, but the tank stand (a large cabinet) will have to move on a Tuesday and won't be available again until Thursday. How can I keep the fish alive, the plants happy, etc.?

I could set up the tank in another location, only to then move it again. If that would be better for the fish, let me know. If so, how long should I wait before moving the tank to its final destination?
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Old 05-10-2020, 11:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would drain the water from the tank but leave the substrate and plants alone. Cover the plants with saran wrap. Two people can carry that. The fishes can go in a bucket (aerated).
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So, Mistergreen, just move them one time, making them live in the bucket for 2 days? Also, I was planning to put them in bags and then put the bags in a styrofoam cooler for the travel, I guess then I would have to put them in a bucket (with aeration and a heater) overnight?
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Sure, you can use a small heater in a bucket if your nights are cold. Make note that a bucket is only 5gallons. Don't use an oversized heater. You can bag them if you want too. Don't feed the fishes a few days before packing them up to reduce waste products.
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Ok, thanks! I will bag them for the transport so that I don't worry about them sloshing against the bucket walls on the drive! Can I use any 5 gal bucket, such as from Home Depot? Do I have to worry about any chemicals leaching from the plastic? I do have a glass jar, that is 3-4 gallons that I could use...
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