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Advice on moving 10 gallon aquarium

Discussion in 'Fish and Aquarium - all types' started by zarate, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. zarate

    zarate New Member

    Hi everyone. My husband and I are moving and we've only got a few more things to take. The last (but not least) thing I want to take is my aquarium. It's only a 10 gallon, but this tank has been going without interuption for 3 years now and I really hate to mess it up. I've only got 3 fish in there: Chinese algae eater, cory cat, and a red zebra danio. Is there any suggestions, or easy way to go about moving this? I do have one aquarium set up at the new place, also a 10 gallon but has goldfish. Ashamed to admit, while I was waiting for the first tank to get going I held my goldfish in with my other fish. Would it be bad to do that, only vice versa? I don't have the heater on when it's really hot cuz the house is icky and I don't want to roast my fish. So the temps were the same anyways. I know it's a no-no to keep tropicals with goldfish...shame on me. But all the fish are fine. I just need to get my other fish from point A to point B, so any pointers would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  2. Hooben

    Hooben New Member

    Get yourself one of those styrofoam ice chests and place your fishes in there with the original water from their tank. Pick up and move the tank empty, without gravel or anything, to avoid stress cracks in the glass.
    Transport fishes in the ice chest, and when you arrive use some or all of their original water in their tank again.
    I don't personally keep, or recommend goldfish with tropicals, but in big tanks (over 100 gallons) I have seen it done.
  3. zarate

    zarate New Member

    Thanks for replying!
    We are only moving like 10 minutes away, I'm just afraid of messing up their cycle. Also...once I get them moved and the tank running for at least a month...do you have any suggestions as what else I could add to my tank? I have 1 chinese algae eater, 1 cory, and 1 red zebra danio (I don't know the technical name, but it is a danio....my brother ordered it off the internet a looooooong time ago)
    I really would like to add more fish, but I'm not sure what to get or what would mix good with my current fish. I'd like some livebearers...I love male guppies because they are nice and colorful.
    When I bring the water, about how much of the old water should I add to the new water? And would it be good to add "Cycle" to the water, or anything else you suggest? I always dechlorinate the water before it goes into the tank. Thanks for your help.
  4. ceveretts

    ceveretts New Member

    Personally I don't like to use any chemicals that are not necessary. Dechlorinator of course IS necessary, but I wouldn't use the cycle. In my experience the more chemicals you put in the tank, the more goes wrong, and then you have to put something else in the water to counteract the negative affect of the first chemical. It can become a viscious cycle (pardon the pun)! It's not like you are starting a brand new tank, so if you use as much of the existing water as you can and you are using the same gravel and filter at your new place, you should be just fine!

    Good luck with the move! Thank goodness your tank is small and you don't have far to go! I moved a (fully stocked) 65 gallon about 5 hours away once! It was a chore to say the least! Remember, time is key! Make the fish your priority. Even if you are taking other things over in the same trip, just leave them in the car/truck untill the tank is set up and the fish are set up and O.K!

    P.S. As far as adding anything to the water to help the fish there is a product I like to use called "stress coat" and there is another one called "stress zyme." They seem to be quite good in my experience. There may be generic versions as well (but I don't know for sure).

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