Moving a Saltwater Fish Tank
Reef keeping is typically said to be easier to with larger fish tanks. The fluctuations in water parameters that occur due to things such as evaporation are more stable in larger tanks. While a bigger tank may make the hobby more enjoyable, it can be an obstacle if you need to move it to a new location. Many tanks house pounds of live rock, sand, water, corals, fish and equipment. A large empty tank can even be quite heavy with the glass and cabinets. Whether you are moving your tank to a new room or entirely new home, there are some steps you can take to make the process easier.
Tips on Moving Your Fish Tank
- Moving Saltwater Fish: Depending on how far you will be transporting your new tank, your livestock will require special care. Three items to consider include oxygenated water, good water quality, and maintaining proper temperatures. For a local commute, a large container such as a cooler will suffice. You may want to use a DC operated water aerator and heater to keep conditions stable. To avoid water pollutants during transport, don’t feed your fish for 2-3 days before moving.
- Moving your Live Rock: The rocks can be moved relatively easy by wrapping them in wet towels. If you have corals growing on any of your rocks, submerge those in another container of water. Place them carefully to void any shifting that could damage your coral while transporting.
- Moving the water: Keeping much of the same water will help your tank reestablish itself once transported. Use multiple 5-gallon jugs and the containers for the fish or corals to help you move the water. For extra water that was not transported, visit your local fish store to purchase additional RO saltwater. In a way, it will work as a large water change and help to lessen any excess sediment that was loosened during the process.
- Moving your tank: Depending on the size and thickness of your aquarium, you may be able to move your tank with 3-4” of water and even the sand bed remaining in the bottom. You’ll probably need a team of strong men to help with this part of the process. If using a sump tank, drain most of the water and transport separately.
Setting Up Your Aquarium
Once the contents have carefully been moved to their new location, begin to reassemble your saltwater aquarium as quickly as possible. Add the live rock first, then water, and then livestock once the water has cleared. Consider adding a water clarifier and clean out any filter socks or sponges over the next couple of days to remove excess sediment.
Hire Professional Saltwater Aquarium Movers in Utah
While moving your saltwater fish tank to a new location is possible, it is a big project that requires a large vehicle, manpower, and equipment. Aquatic Dreams in Clearfield, Utah recognizes this isn’t always easy for most people to do on their own. Fortunately, they have a crew of professional saltwater aquarium movers to do the job for you. They will properly take down, transport, and reassemble your tank in its new location. Contact Aquatic Dreams at 801-525-0033 for more information or to request a custom quote. Quotes will vary depending on the distances of the move, size of the tank, and livestock needs during transport.