View Full Version : Transporting a very large aquarium.

12-09-2009, 06:03 AM
Hi this is my first post.

I reciently aquired a very large aquarium. I suppose its about 360 gallons. I dont think that there is any way for me to transport it other than by dismanteling it. Does anyone have any pointers on how to go about taking this monster apart and then reassembling it?


12-09-2009, 06:21 AM
You dont necessarely have to dismantel it. I have transported tanks of that size. All you need is a few guys and a flat area on a trailer to but it on. A piece of cloth between the floor and the tank is also good.

Thanks that size are rather tough, they have to be to cope with the water.

12-09-2009, 06:34 AM
Thanks for the quick response. Although I do have the people availble to move it in one piece, the doorway into the room that it is going to be set up requres it to go in in pieces.

Is there anything that I need to know before I go about this? Or is it as self explanitory as peel away the trim, cut through and clean off the adhesive and then just add clear caulk and new trim for the reassembly?

12-09-2009, 06:35 AM
And I am not planning on filling it all the way up with water. I hope to make a terrarium out of it. With both fish and other animals

12-09-2009, 10:02 AM
A few beers. That will get it moved. I say get at least 4 big guys to help move it. I have a 180g and I'd say it probably weighs 400lbs empty. If I lived nearby I'd help move it. That's the problem with the world today, u can't get anyone to help do anything. I try to help as much as I can that way the one day I need help, hopefully it comes around full circle. Seriously, AC is full of some great people! I'm sure you could find a few people in your area on here that would be willing to help, have a few beers, and talk fish. Sounds dorky, but not much different than what we do on here.

12-09-2009, 10:06 AM
I'm sorry, I misread. I see you do have people to help move it. That's a bummer if it has to be taken apart to get it into the room. I think it's always scary doing that. I've done it before, but everytime then and in the future, does not keep you livin on edge hoping a leak doesn't spring.

12-09-2009, 10:14 AM
Ohhhhh why can't I get it all into one post. I'm not sure of your knowledge on doing such a task, but make sure you get a silicone that's aquarium safe. I know ge makes one that I use, but I can't remember the one. Someone will chime in on which one it is. It has no fungicides in it that kills mold spores, in turn later killing your fish. My best advice, take your time, do it slow. Do not rush. Over caulk, but over caulk neatly. A tank that size, it's would be very wise to over caulk. I can't imagine the mess it would make if it sprung a leak. Eventho you're not filling it up to the top, I got a feeling one day you might. I would!

12-09-2009, 10:37 AM
How much wider is the tank than the door? You can get about 4 inches more if you take off the door trim and actual door. That is a lot easier than ripping apart the tank.

Or perhaps place the tank somewhere else in your home? Or is the tank too big to fit through the front door of your house?

If you are dead-set on pulling it apart, Northern Guy did a fantastic How-To. Mind you, it is just resealing but its pretty much the same. One tip I can give you is to wear latex/vinal gloves. The natural oil on your hands wil inhibit the silicone from sealing properly to the glass.

Link to NG's resealing post:

Also, remember that when/if you move, you will need to go through all this again.

12-09-2009, 11:40 AM
Time to cut out a bigger door. Easier task then taking apart and then resealing a tank of that size. :hmm3grin2orange:

12-09-2009, 01:00 PM
How much wider is the tank than the door? You can get about 4 inches more if you take off the door trim and actual door. That is a lot easier than ripping apart the tank.

that is some great advice! You women are practical thinkers, when I'm sitting here pondering over some other way and realizing there is no other way! Durrrrr!!! Now why didn't I think of that? I used to be a construction worker!

Deleted User
12-09-2009, 01:02 PM
Congratulations on that huge new tank, but I do not envy you the project at hand!

I hope once you have it home and set up, you will share pictures of it with us. It sounds like you have some interesting plans for the tank!

12-09-2009, 01:28 PM
Time to cut out a bigger door. Easier task then taking apart and then resealing a tank of that size. :hmm3grin2orange:

My thoughts exactly, heh. Or you could mail the tank to me. :)


R2 Ranch
12-09-2009, 01:33 PM
Is it possible to remove a window?

Lady Hobbs
12-09-2009, 02:17 PM
I'd find a way to get the tank set up without tearing it apart. Trying to reseal a tank of that size is no easy task.

Average door frame is 36 inches and I doubt your tank would be higher than maybe 25 inches. Not sure why it wouldn't go thru that door frame.

12-09-2009, 02:25 PM
Welcome to the Fabulous AC!
What are the tank demensions?
Its not that its harder to rebuild a tank that size but you will need help because of the size and weight of the panels.
If you can find a way to get it out in one peice,I would.
The door frame on the outside of the house is a lot more work than an inside door.lol
As Lady Hatred said removeing the doors and trim will give you a few more inches.

12-09-2009, 03:35 PM
I wouldn't take it apart...it's likely more work than it's worth...finding a smaller tank is likely a better option. Measure your doorways first...

12-09-2009, 11:15 PM
being a carpenter by trade i'd just open up the doorway rather than trying to take the tank apart. much simpler and can be put back together in no time tanks gonna take a few days

12-11-2009, 09:34 PM
+++ for ripping off the door. Pull the hinge pins and remove just the door first and see if you can get it through. If not, then rip off the trim and pull the frame.