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Moving Goldfish

Message Board / Forum. Frequently Asked Goldfish Questions. Moving House

Posted by: blinky000 Feb 4 2004, 12:34 PM
i need help. im moving house in a couple of weeks and i have 15 fish to transport. the journey will take about 3 hours so does anyone have any ideas how and what to take them in? ive never done this before so i have no clue how to do this. they are going to take soooo much space in the car, hahahahahahahahaaa....
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Posted by: jdude360 Feb 4 2004, 12:42 PM
Maybe you could put them all in some type of big container that has a lid. and keep them where you can see them in the car. Maybe every once in a while during your trip, you could stop and give your fish a rest from all of the movement in the vehicle, and go outside and open the top of the container, so you can renew their oxygen. You could also place them in individual baggies. I am probably not much help, but that is all i can think of. Have fun moving.

Posted by: Ranchugirl Feb 4 2004, 12:58 PM
JOshua, thats absolutely a great way to transport fish, I have moved mine that way in a 3 1/2 hour trip.
Blinky, there is a great batterie operated airpump around that you can get. It runs for hours and hours to come, and its not a waste of money, since you can use it in your new house as well, in case a power outage occurs. You can plug it into an outlet, and as soon as power is out, the airpump will kick in.
Its called "Silent Air B11" from Penn-Plax, and is around 16.
As for the trip itself, don't feed your fish 3-4 days before the trip, and age the water in the container a day in advance. Have some extra Amquel or whatever conditioner using handy, and thats all. One or two 26 gl carbage cans with lid work just fine......

Posted by: daryl Feb 4 2004, 12:59 PM
I have the battery operated air pumps. I used the rubbermaid tubs, filled with conditioned water, no rocks or ANYTHING that might shift on the fish. Put the fish in, and hook up the air pump. Do not seal the lid down on the tub - if you do not mind spoiling a tub or two (or three or four, you can drill holes in the lid - it does not take more that an few if you have the air pump. Then you are off, 3 hours is not such a big trip that they will come to harm.

Another method if you have small fish/many fish/no room for the tubs. You need extra strong bags - doubled - as big as possible. Fill the bags with tank water. Add Amquell+ to the bag. It will eliminate all ammonia wastes for the trip and the water will stay healthy for as long as you are traveling. Rubberband them closed and turn the tops over and band again. Pack the bags into a large tub to support the bags upright. Then GO GO GO. I would also pack the biowheel, media, etc. in a bag with tank water to prevent them from drying and killing your cycle. If it is very cold, do not let them sit in the car for really long periods without car heat.

When you get there, you have an automatic excuse not to help carry in all the kichen stuff - you have to take care of your fish ASAP

Best of Luck. It is tramatic, but survivable.

Posted by: blinky000 Feb 4 2004, 01:39 PM
thanks everyone. thats very helpful. now i need to get some big bags!

Posted by: dahnuh Feb 4 2004, 02:16 PM
Blinky, when I moved, I used cheap disposable styrofoam coolers. I don't know if they have those in the UK though. Anywho, I think the insulation helps. You can cut a hole for the air pump tubing very easily. Also, they don't seal, so that helps air circulation. I lined my coolers with dark garbage bags to protect the fish and to keep too much light from entering the container. All the other suggestions are good, too. I transported my tank w/ a little water and all my filtration stuff inside. No fish, of course. Good luck.

Posted by: bruce Feb 5 2004, 09:53 PM
I don't know this is possable or not and how many tanks you have. but you could set up your largest tank at the new home before you move to put you fish in. this be temp. to get set up

Posted by: lepperchan Feb 5 2004, 11:13 PM
Yea i have done this twice so far, traveling from chico to pleasanton(3.5 hours) and well its not as bad as it sounds(i only have a 10 gallong tank btw) but anyway. i have two fish, that are about 1.5 inches big each so what i do is i get 1 gallon ziplock bags and put them in there supported by the tank o whatever and then be off and set up the new tank asap, in total its about 4 hours to get them to their new home.... i think as long as your fish are healthy then can handle it. my girlfriend has done this mor then me and she has never had one die... so i hope this helps...


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