How to move your fish tankIt is a well-known fact that getting ready for a long distance move is no easy a task. Naturally, one of the most tedious things to do is to pack all your stuff, yet again, you have to do it. Not only is it boring to spend days and weeks surrounded by moving boxes, but before you know it, you’ll find yourself cornered by some tricky-to-wrap items that require some extra effort on your part. One of such things is a fish tank. We understand that you can’t imagine your new house without, but, again, you don’t have a clue how to move it safely, right? Don’t worry – here’s a step-by-step guide to moving your fish tank without any trouble.

  1. Drain some water using your siphon hose

The first thing to remember is that you cannot even consider moving your fish tank with water in it, which is why you’ll have to drain it before taking any other step. Use your siphon hose to drain the water into buckets, but be careful not to fill them up to their brims. It would be best to leave them around two-thirds full. Naturally, once the water is in the containers, your fish should be there, too.

  1. Leave some room for fresh air

Once you drain the water and place your fish in the buckets, it’s time you closed them with their lids, but when doing so, remember that there should always be some space for fresh air to get inside them. To ensure that it does, you can even poke small holes in those plastic lids. In case you know for sure that your fish will have to spend a lot of time there, make sure you provide them with additional oxygen through air pumps.

  1. Take out decorations and accessories

The next step to take is to remove all the decorative items from the tank, such as rocks, plants, light fixtures, filters, and the like. Once you remove them, dry them and wrap using soft packing paper or bubble wrap before putting them in a cardboard box.

  1. Get rid of sand/gravel

Apart from the previously mentioned, you should also remove the sand or gravel from the bottom of the tank. It is of utmost importance that you do so, as, otherwise, the glass structure is likely to break during the moving process because of the extra weight.

  1. Wrap the fish tank properly

It’s only when the aquarium is completely empty that you can get down to the actual packing. Use enough bubble wrap to cover it entirely, and don’t forget to protect air-filled protective material with packing tape. In addition to bubble wrap, it is advisable that you use moving blankets, as well.

When you get to your new home, it would be best to set up the fish tank as soon as possible so that your fish don’t spend too much time in the buckets. We hope that you’ll find this guide useful and that you’ll manage to go through your moving stress-free. If you need more packing tips, do not hesitate to contact Cross Country Movers Group – we are here to help you with anything regarding your relocation.

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