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Old 11-09-2003, 07:25 PM   #1
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Downside to big tanks.. how to move them around the house?

Well, I just found the downside to large tanks... My Girl wants to paint the dining (AKA Fish) room... unfortunatly thats where my 120Gal reef and 55 Gal FO tank are located.... She also wants to replace the carpet with a pergo (sic) flooring... Now, is there any easy way to move this stuff around or should I just tell her that white walls and old carpet look great in the dining room?

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Old 11-09-2003, 07:31 PM   #2
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It will have to be drained so that it could be moved. Sorry... There is just no way to move a tank that size with it being full of water, substrate, livestock, etc...

FYI, in a 120 gallon tank, you probably have ~100 gallons of water in it. That is 850lbs alone just in water weight.



I guess you could carpet around the tank. If you were careful (and good) one wouldn't even know that it has old carpet under the stand. You can paint around the tank as well. Just don't drip any into it...
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I recently faced the same situation when I had to pull my tank off teh wall. I drained as much as I could and used a 2x4x8 as a lever and pushed it away from the wall. It slid very easily. Just be careful to go slow and not jerk if you go this route. I did the same thing to get it back into place. As a matter of fact, I move it back with it full of water and a new new 20 gal sump below.

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Old 11-09-2003, 10:28 PM   #4
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It will be simpler to leave the tanks in place if you can. Unless redoing the floor will only take a day you are going to have to set up the tanks in another room and then move them again if you want them back in the dining room. Same with the painting, unless it only takes a day then you will have to relocate them to another room and back again.

You may want to move them permanently to another room, one that won't get remodelled any time soon.
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Old 11-09-2003, 10:36 PM   #5
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You would absolutly be able to tell, btw. Pergo is thin enough you'd see the carpet edge under the tank. You also need to be careful about paint fumes, as they can be water soluble and poison your tank. Don't suppose you can afford another tank and stand to transfer to ? That sucks. I wish I had some advice, but it just sucks.
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Old 11-09-2003, 11:13 PM   #6
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I was thinking that he could use those rubber strips that join the edge of vinyl to carpet. If the strip was layed correctly, it would look like you have a floor cut just for the tank. I actually think it would look good.
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Friends. Friends who are willing to risk a hernia. Seriously, don't try to move it by yourself. Drain as much of the water as you can. Save as much of it as you can...Rubbermaid tubs are cheap. Move the tank and pump the water back in. It's a big job no matter how you do it. The 55 can probably be picked up and moved by 4 guys with a little water in it. The 120, I think you'll have to carefully scoot it along the floor to move it. At least 4 guys for that job...6 would be better. If you're going to put down Pergo, you might be able to just move it to the center of the room. Floor the part of the room where the tank was and then move the tank back into it's postion so you can continue installing the new floor. Just a thought. Good ventilation and covering the tank with plastic should protect it from the paint. If you're using latex based paint, I don't think it will be a big issue. If you're using an oil based paint, I think there is a lot of potential for disaster concerning the tank. JMHO.
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What about using a product like Purigen to help rid the tank of fumes and DOC's from the paint? That is what I will be using when we paint our floor in a few months.
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I really don't know if Purigen would handle that or not. The oil based paint has some nasty fumes and I would want to protect the tank if at all possible from them. How to effectively do that I'm not really sure. Perhaps wrap the tank up tightly in plastic and, using some dryer flex, vent it out a window? Not really sure. This is a constructive bunch on this site and I'm sure someone has a good solution though. I'm too lazy to paint anyway .
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Well I sure hope Purigen works for my sake because I am betting the life of my tank on it in a few months. I am going to call up Seachem tomorrow and see if I can talk to someone who can give me a good answer about this.
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