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Aquarium of Fish to Move? No Problem

Aquarium of Fish to Move? No Problem

Moving an aquarium full of fish is an intimidating process. As you prepare for the move, you’ll want to consider whether or not you’re are ready to take on the challenge yourself or if you should hire a professional mover. If you decide you’re up to the task, here’s what you need to know to do it right and help ensure the safety of your fish.

You Should Know

There are a few things you should be aware of before you make the move.

Fish are very sensitive and delicate creatures, especially regarding changes in their environment. Moving is a stressful time for them too and they are often too stressed to eat. If you do it right, you can preserve many of your fish, but be aware that some may not survive the trip. For the best odds, you’ll want to minimize the amount of time they are out of their aquarium. Pack your aquarium last before moving and set it up first when you get there.

If you have a long move ahead of you, there is one option you may want to consider: Start fresh with a new collection of fish. The chances of the majority of your fish dying during your journey increases the further away you move. Your best option may be to give them away before you move and then visit a local pet store at your new home. If you don’t know anyone who would like to take your fish, try an online classifieds page like Craigslist.org.

Before The Move

When looking at your new home, scope out a location for your fish. Find a spot that is protected from the sun and has access to electricity. Make sure to check that the surface is sturdy and smooth to support your tank.

Your fish won’t want to eat during the move and it is a good idea to not feed them a full day in advance. You want to keep the water as clear as you can. Don’t worry, fish can go a week without eating so you are not putting them at risk by not feeding them.

Emptying the Aquarium

Make sure that you have a siphon hose, several 5-gallon buckets and a fish net for getting everything out of your aquarium.

Use the siphon hose to drain some of the water into the 5-gallon buckets. Only fill them about two-thirds of the way to make sure they don’t spill during the move. Then, catch your fish with the fish net and gently place them in one of the newly filled water buckets. Depending on how many fish you have, you may want to put them in more than one bucket. Please don’t forget any fish.

If you have them, put the tops on the buckets. Make sure that fresh air can still get in. You can poke holes in the top or get an air pump to make sure there is enough oxygen in the water. If you don’t have a top to the container, you can use grocery bags, which will keep the water in and still allow air through.

Next, remove any decorations from the fish tank and dry them thoroughly. Then wrap them in packing paper or bubble wrap. You can pack them in another bucket or just in a cardboard box. If you have any living plants you can put them in a plastic bag with some water and move them by hand.

Drain all the remaining water into the remaining buckets and get as much as you can. Any water left in the aquarium can crack or shatter the bottom when you move it. Remove any sand or gravel at the bottom of the aquarium and put it in a spare bucket to transport.

Packing the Aquarium

To pack up the glass structure you will want to thoroughly wrap it in bubble wrap. Be sure to seal it with tape so the bubble wrap doesn’t fall off. You’ll also want to wrap it thickly in blankets to make sure it stays safe.

If it is a large aquarium, enlist some help from friends or family to move it to the moving vehicle.

Unpacking

As said before, unpack your aquarium first when you arrive at the new home. Ignore all other boxes. Move the tank carefully to your previously picked out spot. Once in place, double check to make sure that the structure and what it’s sitting on is sturdy and intact.

Once you carefully remove all the blankets and bubble wrap, you can put the transported gravel back in. Set up your pumps, lights, filters, and heaters but do not turn anything on. Doing so without water in the tank can injure you and your fish.

You can now put all the decorations back in the tank and refill it with the water that you transported. After the aquarium is filled with some of the water, catch your fish with the fish net and gently set them back into the tank. Fill the aquarium up with the rest of the water. You may need to add some dechlorinated tap water to finish filling the tank.

Allow the tank to sit for approximately, a half hour so that the water can equalize with the room temperature before you turn the heaters on. After that, you will want to check that everything is functioning properly and continue to check on your tank and the fish for the next few days.

It is a good idea to find a fish store in your area. If you have any problems with your fish or tank, or if there is something you need to replace, you’ll know just where to go.

Sound Like a Lot of Work?

Good luck! If that sounds like too much work, call us at 1 (800) 233-6683  or visit your local Massachusetts moving company to discuss hiring expert help. Also, consider downloading our packing guide for more expert moving advice.

Moving with pets in the summer - The arrival

Moving with pets in the summer – The arrival

You’ve just arrived at your new home, but your pets will be confused about the new surroundings.

It might be best to find a nearby kennel of friend to hold onto your pets while you move in. If you’re moving in the summer the house will likely be the same temperature as the outdoor weather when you first move in, and the front door and any yard gates will be wide open for hours at a time.

Wait until the moving vehicles are unloaded before bringing your pets inside. Until then, make sure they are in a comfortable place and have plenty of water.

Don’t forget to update your address and any other information on pet ID tags and microchips your pets wear. It’s also a good idea to take good identifying photos of your pets on your phone so if they do get loose you have images of them handy.

As stressful as moving can be, it’s also exciting and refreshing in many ways. A little preparation and strategic actions can make the difference between starting on a sour note and a happy one.

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Moving with pets in the summer (Part 2)

Moving with pets in the summer (Part 2)

Moving with pets on moving day can be a chaotic activity. The house is being taken apart piece by piece, the front door is propped open for a long stretch of time and people are coming in and out all day.

Now imagine a few loose, agitated animals thrown into the mix. It’s not pretty.
Pets need to be kept out of the way for their safety and your sanity. Placing them with a friend or a kennel for a few days is your best option, as they’ll be happy, fed and prevented from running out the door.

If that’s not an option, you could close them in an already empty room and place a sign on the door that reads “Do not open – pets inside!”

If you’re planning to bring a few items in a vehicle with you make sure you put the pet carriers in first so they are level and air and light can get inside. Load the carriers empty because you don’t want to leave pets in a hot car.

The move itself will be a dramatic change for the pet’s routine, so start making tiny changes each day as you lead up to moving day. Move the cat’s food dish to a new location. Switch up the route or time when you walk your dog. This will your pets get used to some level of change ahead of time.

Moving day is stressful enough. These steps can reduce the stress your pets feel and put them in a better mood to accept their new surroundings.

Moving with pets in the summer

Moving with pets in the summer

Moving with pets during the summer brings a lot of challenges.

Moving with pets is challenging and so is moving in summer in general is challenging when there is a high demand for moving companies, scorching temperatures that can melt some items during the trip and new homes take a long time to get down to a comfortable temperature.

If that wasn’t enough, being a pet owner brings its own challenges. Pets tend to be creatures of habit and thrive on routine. They may be scared of the sudden changes, but some advanced planning and effort can help minimize those problems.

Once you decide to move, select a pet carrier. If you don’t have one large enough for your pet to lie down in with food and water you will need to purchase a new one.

Give Fido or Mittens some quality time in the pet carrier at home before you move. Make sure the bottom is padded sufficiently for comfort so your pet will be able to sleep inside it a few weeks before your move. Place toys and pet treats inside as well.

The idea is to give your pet positive associations with the carrier. Hopefully a few weeks of these experiences will make the long journey less stressful for you and your pet.