Moving your fish tank – how to do it right?

Fish tank waiting to be moved.

When you’re moving there are many things on your mind. And moving your fish tank may seem like a major task to complete. Especially if it’s one of the larger ones. However, with extensive and precise planning this can be done on any scale. To another room, another building, or another state. It’s important to mention that while you can move your fish tank without major issues across the country, it gets trickier for fishes. Hence, for the space that they’ll need if you have lots of them. Therefore, it’s not a bad idea to think about re-homing your fishes. And of course, getting new ones as soon as you settle.

Equipment and supplies

If you’re selling your Miami property and you’re in a hurry, stop for a second. Before you start taking your fishes out be sure that you have everything that you’re going to need for a task. Remember, the more you plan and organize, the smoother the process will be. Things that you’re going to need are.

  • Fishnet
  • Large buckets (either buy new ones or clean ones you have as good as it possibly can be done)
  • Siphon hose
  • Plastic bags for fishes
  • Tape
  • Protective wrap
  • Insulating foam
  • Packing paper
  • Moving boxes for moving your fish tank
Kid with a fishnet.

Even kids know how important equipment is when moving your fish tank.

Get your fish ready

Stop feeding your fishes at least 24 hours before the move so that you know that all the waste has passed through. You don’t have to worry about them starving as fishes can survive a week without food. If you’re moving them close by, just put them in plastic bags with the tank water and keep them in a sturdy case. However, if you have larger marine fishes, or you’re moving far away, you’re going to need those large buckets that we mentioned. The process is simple, fill the buckets with water from the tank and add in 3 to 4 fishes by the bucket. Be sure to tape the lid as you don’t want anything to fall or spill in there.

Cleaning and draining of the tank

Unplug everything associated with the tank and remove all the plants and accessories. Pack the plants in a bucket with the water from the tank. When it comes to decor, protect it with wrap and paper. Then, pack all the necessities and accessories of the tank.

For draining, it’s best to use a siphon hose. Try to preserve as much water as you can to refill the tank when you settle in your new house. This is important for the fish and it minimalizes the health risks of transport. Just remember to seal the lid on the bucket when you’re moving your fish tank water.

Representation of how to store fishes when moving your fish tank.

Drain and clean your fish tank and all the accessories.

Packing and moving your fish tank

Remove the lid and pack it separately, wrapped. Putting your tank in a box is usually the best idea. However, it can be difficult to find the right box. Fill all nooks and gaps with insulating foam to prevent the tank from shifting around. Fill it with the paper of foam so the glass is protected from all sides. This is important as moving a tank is as risks are the same as with DIY relocation of artwork.

If you can, it’s best to approach to moving your fish tank in your own vehicle. Just to keep it extra safe. If you’re giving it to your movers, make sure that they know that it is an extremely fragile item.