July 5, 2006
Moving an Aquarium
OR “How to Kill Your Fish in 5 Easy Steps”
This special Pet Fish Talk Show contains a discussion by Tom and Nevin Bailey about how to move pet fish from one aquarium to another, from one room to another, across town, or across the country.
1. Here’s what you’ll need: a container, some trash bags, and some rubber bands
2. Change 20% of the water in your aquarium each day for several days before you move.
3. Don’t feed your fish anything for the last 48 hours, before you put them in the shipping container.
4. Put one of the plastic bags inside the container. Then put another bag inside the first, so you have a double bag. that way if the first bag leaks, the second will hold the water. You might want to add a third bag inside the other two. [I guess you could keep adding bags until there is no room left]
5. If possible you should take 80% of the water from your fish’s home with you when you move.
You’ll want to read the article for all the details but the ideas is to change the water ahead of time, reuse 80% of the changed water in the new tank and try not to shock your fish with sudden temperature changes or polluting their water during the move.
Water shock and pollution were probably my biggest killers. When moving the fish tank, I only kept the bottom few inches, which was very cloudy after stirring up all the algae under the rocks. I also didn’t allow the new water to become balanced in temperature or chemically. Despite my barbaric attempt to move the fish tank, I did manage to have one survivor. My tiny little Sunburst Guppy. Leaving this world was an Algae Eater, a Catfish, a Dalmatian Molly, three Neon Tetras, two Zebra Danios, and a Red Wagtail Platy.
Since the move was intended as a temporary solution while we repaint the office, I doubt I’ll replace them anytime soon. I may keep the tank downstairs or move it back upstairs so until I decide, the one lone survivor shall remain by himself, contemplating life’s mysteries