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Old 01-21-2011, 10:47 AM   #1
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Moving a Tank

I may be in a position to get a completely established setup, but i have to move it all. What's the best way to ensure no fatalities?

We're talking fish, corals and inverts here.

The move is only a distance of about 30 minutes.
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Several clean buckets for putting the fish, corals and inverts in. A cooler to put the LR in or buckets would do OK also but you`ll need to make sure they are covered with water or you`ll have a dieoff on them causing a spike in the tank. I personally would not save the substrate. I would get all new aragonite sand. Too much trash in the old sand.
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bring lost of bins and buckets, and transport everything fully submerged. separate whatever you can from the rock so it doesn't get crushed on the car ride.
have a large amount of salt water mixed up in case you need it. i would be prepared to do at least a 50% water change.
drain the tank almost all the way and just leave enough water to keep the sand bed wet, and leave the sand right in the tank. it's probably best to chuck the sand, unless you take care not to disrupt it. how long has this tank been up and running?
how large of a tank is this? will it be in a pickup truck bed in cold weather or inside a heated vehicle?
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:35 AM   #4
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125 gal tank
In a truck in cold weather, but buckets can go inside car and truck

Not sure exactly how long the tank has been running yet, seller just said years
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ok then. i don't see how you can save the sand. it will most likely cause a cycle if it's disrupted, and then left in 20 degree weather for 30 minutes. everything in it will most likely be dead by the time it gets to your house.
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I did the same thing when I bought my tank. Had to drive everything in it 8 hours. Had no problems at all. Everything was in buckets and coolers. But I had to do some major water changes from the dead sand. Ditch the sand and get 2 40 pound bags of the live stuff
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you can just use dry sand. it will become live on it's own eventually, and it's much cheaper. make sure it's aragonite based sand, so it buffers the ph.
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I guess it would be cheaper cause it's lighter.
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no. it's not lighter. it's just not marketed as "live sand".
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I was just reading these post and was wandering when you say to get aragonite based sand is the "Seaflor Special Grade Reef Sand" made by Carb Sea is that the same type of sand?
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