Don’t Forget About Your Fish When Moving House!
Moving home affects everyone in the family, with your children having to get used to a different bedroom and possibly a new school, your cat having to become familiar with the garden, and your dog needing to explore the nearby walks.
But it’s important to not forget about even the smallest members of your family - your fish. After all, moving them to a different location is no easy feat, as they can’t simply sit in the back of the car while the removal lorry packs up their belongings.
The best thing to do if you’ve got a large aquarium and you want to ensure the safety of your aquatic life is to hire experts to do the job.
Aquarium movers know how to empty the tank safely, dismantle it, move it without causing any damage, and set it up again in your new home.
They make sure all the livestock is kept safe and they can be back swimming in their new surroundings as quickly as possible.
There are many things to consider when moving an aquarium, whether it is used for cold water or tropical fish, and it is important to re-establish the same conditions when rebuilding the tank so that no harm is caused to the coral, plants and fish.
Although homemovers might want their kids’ bedrooms, the TV, or kitchen appliances set up as soon as they get the keys to their new house, priority must be given to the aquarium to ensure all the livestock remains safe.
Having experts to do this while the new homeowners, together with the removal professionals, unpack all the boxes means all the family can feel at least somewhat settled on their first night.
How to move it yourself
The other option is trying to move the tank yourself, in which case it is important to follow this advice to make sure the aquarium does not become damaged and the aquatic life isn’t harmed.
It is sensible to move it separately to the moving day, if possible, as it can be too stressful and time-consuming to try to do both at once.
About half an hour before dismantling the tank, unplug the heaters so they have time to cool down. This minimises the risk of cracking, which can occur if they are removed from the water when they are still hot.
Then you should remove the plants and any aquarium furniture, but make sure to look carefully inside as some fish may be hiding in there. Put these in waterproof containers, while the plants should be placed inside sealable fish bags so they do not dry out.
When it comes to catching the fish, try to remove a considerable amount of water from the tank first. This can then be placed back into the aquarium at the new house to avoid any big differences in the water conditions.
Fill a third of a fish bag with the water from the aquarium, and catch the fish using nets. It is wise to keep different breeds in separate bags, as they could release toxins when they become stressed, and these could be fatal to other marine life.
Place your hand over the net, as the fish can jump out otherwise, and make sure you get as much air into the bag as possible before tying it. Air contains more oxygen than water, so it is essential to make sure two-thirds is filled with air.
Then place the bags into a polystyrene fish box and close the lid, as the darkness will help prevent stress setting in.
You will then have to make sure you remove the equipment carefully, keeping the filter damp and wrapping the aquarium in bubble wrap to protect it during the move.
Setting up the tank can be just as complex, so it is important to take time to recreate the right conditions for your fish.
Doing all this while dealing with the stress of moving can be too much for many homeowners, which is why aquarium removal experts are becoming increasingly popular.