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    I've done this before and it works fine, just fill the bins with tank water, put the fish in them and tear down your tanks. Put the filter media in with the fish from that tank. When you set the tanks up at your new home, fill them up minus what you have in the bin, treat the tank water, Hook up the filters without the media and run them for about 20 minutes, Next add the filter media from the bins, the water from the bins and the fish.

    The water from the original tank will fix the new water as it mixes, and minimize the shock to your fish. It ends up being just like a water-change. Do this for each bin from the tanks and you'll be fine.

    A bit of advice; If the fish are in the bins more than a few hours, agitate the water surface of the bins, this will put more oxygen in the bin water.

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    I just moved one tank, about 15 gallons I think. That was already a pain in the rear. Shudder to think to move 13! I admire anyone willing and able to do that.

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    What talldutchie said, have fun. Congratulations on the new house.
    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
    Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
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    @ Dave Waits: I've done 100% water changes before, and I've never had any problems, so I'll probably not add tank water from the bins to the new tank, but it's reassuring to hear some consistencies between you and some other posters about letting the filters run a couple hours before adding the fish back in. I wouldn't have thought of that, thanks.

    @ talldutchie and steeler1: Thank you! I've moved 5 before. It wasn't too bad, but the largest was a 29-gallon, not the current count we have. It's nice that my husband and I are both involved in the hobby and know how to handle situations that may arise!


    Does anyone have any experience with protecting larger aquariums that will be laying down on a moving truck bed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AquaCats
    Does anyone have any experience with protecting larger aquariums that will be laying down on a moving truck bed?
    Lab rat has moved a big tank or 5 a time or two, Maybe she will see this.
    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

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    Aquacat, a 100% water-change is not the same stress on the fish as moving them and doing it...just saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AquaCats
    letting the filters run a couple hours before adding the fish back in.
    May be wrong but I did not see any posting mentioned running the filters after moving for several hours before adding fish. Think it was just 20 minutes or so. Think the purpose is to just cycle the water and if your filters are large enough it shouldn't take no more than 20 minutes to complete 1 full cycle.

    to you guys for moving that many tanks. It's nice you guys have a good span of time to do this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ijankrom
    Think the purpose is to just cycle the water and if your filters are large enough it shouldn't take no more than 20 minutes to complete 1 full cycle.
    What does the blue highlighted section above mean? I am not familiar with 'cycling water' or any purpose it would serve..
    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

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    Just moving the water through the filter. Assuming there's good circulation and large filter the entire tank water should be moved through the filter in under 20 minutes. Am I using that word incorrectly? Not referring to the n-cycle.
    Last edited by ijankrom; 12-13-2012 at 09:14 PM.
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    Fish - 8 Blackskirt Tetras, Red Wag Platy, German Blue Ram, Bulldog Pleco, Assassin snail.
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    I share your pain, moving jan 15 to a new place. Moving a 120g, 40g, 55g, 2 20g, and about 15 2.5/5g tanks. I tell you moving aquariums is a pain. Moved with aquariums before so used to it now. I move all the non fish stuff first, probably in a few hours, and get set up at the new place. The fish stuff I take 2-3 days to move over slowly.

    Can get cheap buckets for the substrate and more buckets/bags for the fish to move them. Cheap/free source of buckets for me is firehouse subs, 5g buckets that smell like pickles, takes a few days with vinegar and rinsing and letting them air out in the sun to get rid of the pickle smell.

    I use large plastic bins as well. After the move is done, all those extra bins you can wash out and use to hold other stuff. I use them to haul stuff to new place, then rinse them out and use them for the temporary fish tanks
    I think the bins I use are $6-7 at walmart, set them up at the new place, and let fish and plants live in there, add the filter and lights to the bins as well. The fish can stay in the bins like this for a long while. Some temporary and even permanent fry tanks of mine are set up like this for weeks or even months at a time.

    I like to take my time setting up the fish stands and everything, so this method works well for me. I might even take a week or two to completely set up the tanks and fish stand/racks.

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