Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-30-2010, 11:46 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 12
Moving a 40 gal reef

My wife and I are relocating from central Texas to Arizona. We have a well established reef with fish/anemone and corals. Can it be moved that far safely? Any suggestions? I think we should just sell it here and start over. She says. No. She calls them the "salty gang" and doesn't want to see them go. I could add an inverter to our Jeep and transport them in it. Or should I separate the fish/anemone from the corals and the rock and break down the tank? It is a long two day drive with one overnight.
__________________

__________________
JR Elkins
Mesa, Arizona
jrelkins1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 11:49 AM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
 
Jimbo7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 1,996
My brother moved his 12g from Florida to Chicago a couple times with no ill effects. Get a couple buckets, separate the LR and corals into their own, bag all the fish and float them in a bucket and move them all. You can get battery operated air pumps for really cheap that will help on the drive. Buy some new sand for when you get there, its probably not worth spending the time cleaning it when you have a whole house to pack up. Look up a new LFS before you leave in case of an emergency.
__________________

__________________
Links to old builds:
12DX LED Build
Frag Tank (Fixed Link)
Dorm Pico Tank
Jimbo7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 10:06 PM   #3
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,244
Looks like Jimbo has you covered. It definitely can be done. I definitely agree with new sand. Keep your LR wet so you dont lose all your nitrifying bacteria.
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2010, 02:28 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
six2sevenproductions's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: San Pedro (Los Angeles), Ca
Posts: 160
When i moved my 40g from one side of L.A. to the other i separated everything and left the sand in the tank. with a couple inches of water it was light enough to carry but the whole trip was only 2 hours.
__________________
six2sevenproductions is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2010, 08:54 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 12
Thanks guys. Looks like I should break down the tank. Aerate the fish in a tub. I can power that from the 12 volt in the Jeep. Cover the live rock with water. Cover the coral as well. Would the coral be OK without aeration? It will take four days total to make the trip and reset the tank.
__________________
JR Elkins
Mesa, Arizona
jrelkins1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2010, 09:04 AM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
 
austinsdad's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
Posts: 7,694
Nothing will be alright without aeration. It provides the oxygen stuff needs to live.

I'm not convinced just keeping the rock wet will keep stuff alive that lives on it. I'd likely put it in water also.

How ya keeping the power on in the jeep overnight. Concerned about temps in the Jeep too when the AC isn't running. I'll bet there are some hot nights between Texas and Arizona.
__________________
-Ray-

"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

austinsdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2010, 11:19 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 12
Thanks to everyone that replied. Based on recommendations I think I will break down the tank. Separate the fish and corals. Aerate them with a 12 volt pump. Cover the rock in water. I should be able to move the tubs into the motel for the overnight. I will get a friend to mix water for me in Mesa. We have two cars and can transport everything at once. Set up the tank (hopefully) in the new place. I will let everyone know how this project turns out. If I sell the tank here I will lose money. My wife doesn't want to do that. "Salty gang" she calls them have to go. She feeds them and they all have names.
__________________
JR Elkins
Mesa, Arizona
jrelkins1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2010, 12:52 PM   #8
AA Team Emeritus
 
austinsdad's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
Posts: 7,694
Best of luck to ya, and do let us know how it worked out for you.
__________________

__________________
-Ray-

"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

austinsdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
40 gallon, moving, reef

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Moving a New Reef Dr_Doom2 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 7 04-05-2009 03:53 PM
Transfer of 58 Gal reef w/ HOB to 68 gal reef w/ sump nanoluvr Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 01-28-2009 06:05 PM
10 gal FOWLR to 30 gal reef upgrade diary...new pics 6/1/07 newfound77951 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 36 06-01-2007 04:32 PM
Moving established 55 gal reef setup across town nawlins9175 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 4 06-09-2006 08:44 AM
Moving from 20 gal to 55 gal with cycling questions toughguy1 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 6 02-23-2006 05:40 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.