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Grungefreek
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Location: Newcastle, Australia

PostPosted: 2003.08.14(Thu)7:17    Post subject: How to transport fish Reply with quote

Hi all,
I am currently considering buying a small fish tank bout 20 inches, but have a problem. I am currently at uni which is approximately 6 hours from my home and live on college. So at the end of the year, I have to clean out my room and go home. So my problem is if I buy this tank, will it be a very big deal to transport the fish the 6 hours back home . I don't want to buy this tank and some more fish if they won't last the trip back and forth from home twice a year. Yeah so any advice on whether the fish will make it, and if everyone thinks they will, how to transport them properly. Oh yeah they will be tropical fish which may make it more difficult. thanks all
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Mario
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PostPosted: 2003.08.14(Thu)7:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Grungefreak. It is possible to transport fish for six hours. It does involve some effort, but its no biggie. Obviously, tropical fish are shipped for much longer transit times.

The bigger hassle is going to be that you probably also have to transport the fishtank back home with you. Unless, you have a second, cycled tank at home, ready to receive your fish when you get home. But even that can be accomplished.

When the time comes, we can certainly walk you through the steps of moving your tank and your fish... marioo
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Kate
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PostPosted: 2003.08.14(Thu)7:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there. Someone once told me to use a new and un used or clean {without soaps} cooler. It helps with temps. They do sell air stones also for power outages. Just an idea. As far as the water...you can put most of your tank's water in the cooler and other unused containers.
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Alex
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PostPosted: 2003.08.14(Thu)8:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

My girlfriend took her fish back and forth to college for 4 years, not that big of a problem. Most important, make sure to keep the tempurature as steady as possible. Get a battery power air pump and keep the gravel in the bottom of the tank wet and put the filter in a container of tank water.

Alex
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Jeff J.
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Location: Virginia, USA

PostPosted: 2003.08.14(Thu)9:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moving fish... as new as I am at this hobby, this is something I have already done.

I had to move my 10 gallon half a mile. Not far, but I still had to dissassemble it, and I researched a lot on how to do it so perhaps I can help. First of all, there are many ways to do it, do an internet search (I did), it will help a lot.

The trick is to siphon out all of the water into receiving containters (gallon jugs, someone suggested a cooler (great idea!!), etc.). Then you store the fish for the trip. From what I have read, you can easily move the fish. Just make setting up their home the first thing you do when you get to the new home of the fish. And don't forget you can set up a temporary home while re-assembling you tank. Keep as much of the original water as you can, because it will help with the shock from the trip to have the same water. Its a hassle, but it has been done many times, and from experience I can say it was not all that bad. Just monitor your fish in their new home to make sure they adjust OK. And don't be surprised if their colors take a while to brighten up again Wink

One of the best suggestions I ever saw was to go to a hardware store and buy 5 gallon buckets. Put all of your water in these buckets. In one bucket, put your plants, in another, put your decorations, in another your fish, etc.

Moving fish isn't all that bad, just be prepared for it. Buy everything you need to move the fish well ahead of time and plan for it Exclamation
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Mario
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PostPosted: 2003.08.14(Thu)9:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a little note on moving the water: it is certainly helpful to move your fish in a bucket of tank water. However, the water itself does not really help much in establishing the tank at its new location. The gravel and filter media are far more important. I guess if you are moving a 5 or 10 gallon tank, you can move a fair amount of the tank water without a problem. However, if your tank is any larger, don't waste any time or effort on moving water. Put more care into keeping the gravel and filter media moist. Smile

I moved a 29 gallon tank recently and I didn't transfer more than 1 gallon of the water in order to move my fish in a bucket.
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Grungefreek
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PostPosted: 2003.08.16(Sat)6:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, So the major issue is temp regulation. So how exactly do ya keep the temp regular??? I live in australia and will be taking the fish home in the summer time, so temps will most likely be 30c. My car doesn't have air con or anything either, so temps may be a problem.
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Mario
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PostPosted: 2003.08.16(Sat)7:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

A cooler will be your best bet. Just bag the fish and put them in a cooler or in a styrofoam box with a lid. That should keep your fish happy for a few hours.
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Irons
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PostPosted: 2003.08.17(Sun)14:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good hardside cooler works MUCH better than the cheap styrofoam cooler. The weight of the water warps the shape and the lid doesn't fit. Then water spills in the back. 6 hours isn't going to work. You might want to drill a few small holes in the top for areation. Cycling could be an issue. Everytime you move it you may go between a mini to full cycle. You have to prepare to make that as small as possible.
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