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Ziabis
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Location: Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: 2010.11.27(Sat)16:38    Post subject: Moving Tank to a New Apartment Reply with quote

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What are the proper steps on moving a 30g neon/phantom fake plants tank?

The drive is about 5 min.

I have no idea what to do, this move will be during winter months.

Please help with helpful comments and step.

Thank you... Very Happy
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Location: Okotoks, AB

PostPosted: 2010.11.27(Sat)20:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

Start by getting some baggies from your local LFS, if you can. They'll make transport much easier!
Tank teardown:
1. Have some water mixed up and ready for a water change in the new location.
2. Take down the equipment (save the filter media!), take out the plants, and empty roughly one third of the water in the tank. Save the water, if you can, it will make everything much less traumatic for your fish to have similar conditions in the new location. Put it in food-safe jugs for transport.
3. Catch the fish and put them in the baggies- if it's cold in your area, put the baggies carefully in a box with some insulation- styrofoam or towels, whatever you can get your hands on.
4. Continue siphoning out the water, and save it as long as it looks visually clean.
5. Remove your substrate (hopefully just gravel, yes?) and package that up as well. Siphon out as much as you can from whatever water/junk is left in the bottom of the tank. If you've got less than three-quarters of an inch of water in the tank you /should/ be able to pick it up, but try to empty it as much as possible, and try to keep it flat so that you don't twist the frame.
6. Load everything into your vehicle and transport it to the new location.
7. Set up the tank in its new location use as much of the old water as possible when filling it, but top up with the new stuff you mixed ahead of time. Once you've filled it with water, float the fish in their baggies and adjust them just like you would brand new arrivals.

Make sure you keep a close eye on the tank to make sure it doesn't experience a mini-cycle. Wink
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PostPosted: 2010.11.28(Sun)3:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to add - treat the filter media as if it were a live fish - bag in a bit of tank water and keep with the fish in their bags.

A styrofoam cooler makes a good bagged fish transporter.
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Ziabis
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PostPosted: 2010.11.28(Sun)5:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for all the tips.

So in other words DO NOT CLEAN THE TANK as if it were going to be empty?

Do I ever clean the filter in the pump and how long do I keep it for before using a new one?

Thank you
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PostPosted: 2010.11.28(Sun)5:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Filter media just needs a rinse in some water taken from the tank whenever it starts to clog.

You don't clean it but instead you clear it so water flows through. I haven't purchased any sponges for at least five years.
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