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Moving a tank

November 30th, 2006, 10:01 AM
My husband's interior decorator has come out again and he wants to rearrange the living room. He wants to move the fish tank. He was wondering if we could siphon out like 50% of the water (or a little more like 75%) into buckets, move the tank, and then put that water back into the tank. I told him that in my head it makes sence because you wouldn't want to remove the water and then replace it with new water right?
Thanks for the help

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November 30th, 2006, 02:26 PM
What kind of fish? Tropical or fresh water?

For freshwater, I'd say go ahead and do that.

For my tropical fish, I took them out and put them and their water into a big cooler (lunch box style) and put the heater in it. I emptied the tank half way for our big move. They stayed in the cooler for over 24hrs and the temp didn't drop very much.

November 30th, 2006, 06:59 PM
Just has five zebra danios in it right now. The tank is finally clean and clear for a change so I'm going to leave the danios in there for right now. In a bit we're going to give them to my father in law to cycle his new tank and we'll get some new fish. My hubby wants tetras again. So we'll see.
Thanks for the reply!

December 1st, 2006, 04:11 PM
Hi there,
Unless of course you want a whole tank worth of water
on your floor in the next couple of weeks.
An aquarium takes its strength from its sides- when you move
it with water in it , or even just the gravel (lifting it), you cause
extreme pressure on the sides of the aquarium.
This can and usually will cause damage to one or both front and
back seams, and usually results in weakening which can cause
leaks and even the explosion (literally), of one panel of glass
once the tank is refilled.
Always - remove ALL water, remove all gravel, before you pick
up the tank and move it.
Its a real pain, but it will save you a wet floor and possible
extra costs - as well as that of a new tank and possibly dead fish.
This is the reason why you should always try to position a tank
in a place where you wont ever need to move it.

December 1st, 2006, 04:41 PM
Thanks so much for the reply.
But it's best to put the water back in that I take out? If I put all new water in it will have to basically cycle again right?
I don't want to move the tank. It's my husband and his ADD. He can't have things in the same spot for too long. Our living room has been rearranged like a million times! MEN! :yell: :rolleyes:

December 2nd, 2006, 01:56 PM
Keep the gravel wet with the same water.
Aquarium water only contains a mere 1% of nitrifying
bacteria- 29% lives in the gravel, 70% in your filter media.
Keep your filter full of water, or put the media in a bucket of
water, with an air stone if the procedure will take
more than 6 hours. This will prevent bacteria die-off.
If it is only a matter of drain the tank, move it, fill it back
up, then no air stone is required for the media.
After 4 hours with no oxygen nitrifying bacteria starts to die.
You can use new water for the tank so long as it is the same
ph and hardness, and conditioned for chlorine/chloramines
when put in the tank.
The water holds little to no bacteria so is really not of much
use - and zebra danios are tough little critters that wont be
affected whatsoever by a major change in water.
Some fish like Discus, are sensitive to even the slightest ph
and hardness changes, so changing aged water to new water
may alter ph and cause shock in the Discus.
You have zebra danios which are tough and actually jump
from pool to pool amongst waterfalls and rivers where individual sitting
pools may vary quite a lot in ph and these fish are not affected by subtle
Hope this helps!
Sorry for rambling its too early :p

December 2nd, 2006, 03:16 PM
Thanks for the reply. And you can ramble on all you want because it seems like your head is full of usefull knowledge. Thanks for the info also. It will be a matter of empty tank, move and refill. But at least now I know how to do it. Thanks again.