Eight Easy Steps To Get A Spotless Fish Tank

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Moving with a fish tank can be quite the task since it cannot be thrown into a box and put in the truck. However, if the good groundwork is involved, the process can go smoothly and keep the fish safe throughout the journey. Sometimes all the steps that are needed may feel like they are too much, but Ajax movers have grouped them into three phases that should make it easier for you to handle.

Phase one: Before the haul

Stage 1: Collect any provisions that you might require.

Before anything can be done, it is vital first to get anything that may be needed so that you do not have to look for these items as you go through each step. Some of these items may include:

  • A fishnet
  • Big buckets that are either new or expertly washed (five-gallon ones would be best)
  • Siphon Hose
  • Small plastic bags
  • Duct tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Foam sheets for insulation
  • Packing paper
  • Strong cardboards

Stage two: Prepare the fish for the move

It is recommended not to feed the fish for at least twenty-four or forty-eight hours before the D-day so that they can have gotten rid of all their waste before carrying them out. This might leave some people a bit skeptical, but fish can stay up to a week without food so they will be perfectly okay.

For small fish, they can be conveyed in small plastic baggies that have water in them if the move is a short distance one. To avoid the bags being knocked and the fish spilling out, keep them in a solid case or a cooler.

Larger ones can be conveyed using buckets that are cleaned thoroughly, and that did not contain any poisonous chemicals. Put in about three to four fish per pail. So that nothing spills, it is advisable to tape the lids to keep them shut.

Stage three: Wash the tank

The fish tank also needs to be prepared and set for the move. The first thing to do it to confirm it is not connected to the power socket, and then take out the plants and ticker tapes. The plants can be conveyed in a bucket with water while the décor and fixtures and be wrapped with bubble wrap once they are cleaned. The next thing is to get out all the extra paraphernalia like the light, pump, and heater and have them gently wrapped and packed. For the pump, check that it is put in damp and in a vessel that is sealed.

Stage four: Get rid of the water

To certify that all the water is out and do it easily, it is advisable to do it using a siphon hose particularly if the tank is big. Keep as much of it to be put back in the tank upon arrival. Use large five-gallon pails to do this.

Stage five: Box the aquarium

Box the cover of the container and have it rapped to protect it. As for the tank, carry it in a carton and add in some stuffing in the gaps so that it does not move around. Also, put paper or foam inside the tank to keep it scratch free.

During the move

Stage six: Relocating the tank

For safety and extra care, it is recommended to convey the fish in your car. Just in case the tank is too big to fit, instruct the moving crew to handle it with care while loading and unloading it.

After the move

Stage seven: Set up the tank

When you get to the new abode, put up the tank quickly. If the move was a local, the water in the pails could be used again, certify that the PH and temperature are okay. For a long distance moves, you might have to put in fresh water and treat it which could take some time.

Stage eight: Put in the fish

As soon as the water is right, put the fish back in. Gently get them out of the pails using a net. For the ones in plastic baggies, put them in the water first while in the bags and once they get comfortable, let them out.

We recommend you to read “Things to Watch Out for When Moving an Aquarium” and “Tips for a Successful Moving with Pets”.