Urgent help needed Moving Homes

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  1. Rabbit

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    Hi Guys,

    Not sure if this is the appropriate place to be asking, I bought a 120L nano tank with live rock and clown fish.

    Whats the best thing to do while transporting the tank from point A to point B. I would like to keep the water thats in the tank (for its chemicals and minerals).

    Has anyone done this before ?
     
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  3. Anemone

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    Are you taking the sand?
     
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    everything as it was: sand, live rock, and fish
     
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    How deep is the sand bed? Will you be able to "safely" lift and move the tank without removing the sand?
     
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    Yes i"m sure it will be possible, the sand bed isn't that deep
     
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    I would put the rocks in buckets with the water. Try not to disrupt the sand bed much. Place the fish and any other livestock in bags/containers.

    When you get home, place a large plastic garbage bag over the sand bed and refill the tank with the water. Remove the bag, and put the rocks in. Let it filter/settle for a while before you put the fish back in. If you need to, you can put the fish in a bucket with a bubbler over night.

    You will likely have some die off. So have some premixed saltwater available.

    Also, make sure the sand bed is worth keeping. Sometimes it is just better to replace it and seed it. I use the same method to fill a new tank with a new sand bed and my tank is crystal clear when I'm done filling.
     
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    I moved to a new house abouth two months ago.

    This is what I did.
    Left all the sand in the tank (this made it very very heavy needed 8 big men to carry) 1,8m

    Took out all live rock and placed it in containers with water over it
    All the water in containers
    All the fish and corals in containers
    Kept the DSB submerged in water
    Made 200l of new water to do water change when setting up at new place
    Moved the tank with 8 men to new house took about 1hour 30 min
    Put back live rock while pumping back water
    Once full let it run for 2 hours and put fish back
    Make sure to aclimatise your fish back to tank as the temp and sg and ph can change from the container where the fish is in, with the water change and the rocks being pulled out and put back.

    I didn't loose any live stock.

    Hope it helps
     
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    Thanks For the Replies guys, So the new water shouldn't really matter ??

    What is DSB ? What is appropriate readings for my Ph, Alkanity, Nitrite, Nitrate and Ammonia? :whistling:
     
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    your tank is only 120L

    Drain water into cooler boxes. Place rocks in there with enough water to cover them. Ensure thaey are stable and can not tumble. Put fish in there as well. They will feel more at home with rock than within plastic bags. Leave enough water in tank to cover the sand. Put heater unit in cooler box.

    When moving, take out heater, and close cooler box. Get to other side and first put heater back in, with a small powerhead or airpump and airstone.

    Place tank where it should go. Drain 50% water back to tank. Replace heaters (if they can be covered totally). Place Rocks. Move fish and last 50% water. Ensure at all times that the temp of the water stays the same.
    Then you can do a 10-20% water change.
     
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    I think this is how McDonald's fish sandwiches are made.
     
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    Yip, but that is why I stated the rocks be placed stable.
    I found the fish stress out a lot less with this technique. I had done 3 big moves. 500L plus systems. And first time used the bad method. Problem is with individual bags to ensure stable temperature per bag. Especially on tank moves that take all day. And on first move did lost a couple of fish. Second and third time around, used my coolder box with rock and fish. And no losses at all.

    BUT
    keep shrimps seperated. Each in own bag or small liquid cooling box.

    Almost everything else, into big coolerbox.
    Obviously if you got 20 fishes, use 2 or 3 cooler boxes.

    And on this 120L, he should be done in a couple of hours.
     
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    Thanks for the info, I'll see if I can get a cooler box
     
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    ok so how are you doing now, moved any thing yet?
     
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    Nothing as yet, I'll plan to collect the tank tommorow morning, when you available.;)
     
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    ok cool, so you got the drums? extra ro water and salt
     
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    I've contacted Plastics for africa, there black drums are R50 and clear drums are R60. Dont think it matters really....

    I dont have the RO water yet, planning to collect some on monday from the waterfront. If I really need to get some, i'll get it from Pets Aquaria on sat.

    I have enough salt. for my first water change.

    I'm stressing a little on transporting this tank. Don't want any of the live stock to die on me :(
     
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    dont worry, all will go perfectly, i normally go for the black drums. ro water you can get at oasis in gangs for 80 cents a liter
     
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    Rabbit, I'm in Durbanville, if you need cooler boxes I can get you enough to carry your water load (go camping allot :peroni:). Just PM me if you want me to help!
     
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    ok, the move went well, and everything is ok, some pic of the new setup please rabbit
     
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