Hello all. Long time lurker here, first time poster.
I've learned a ton from the forums here over the course of the past year - thank you all.
I've been in the aquarium hobby for quite some time - on and off for 20+ years. Mostly FW
, but a little over a year ago my wife and I decided to put a small (29) reef tank in our bedroom. This was not my first SW
reef tank, as I also had one in college.
Well, we've recently decided to build a house, so we're moving in about 5 months. I'm used to moving my FW
tanks (120 frontosa tank is the big one), but I've not moved a SW
tank, plus I think my situation will be unique because of my livestock and my desire to keep all current equipment.
We will be moving the tank, stand, lights, filters, livestock - everything from one house to the other (approximately 30 minute drive away, so no great distance). We will not be purchasing a new tank to move the critters in to - remember, we just bought a house, we're broke.
Everything I've read on the internet regarding moving a SW
tank seems to assume that I'll be moving from one tank to another tank - we will be using the same hardware at the new house.
I think I know the basics from having moved countless FW
tanks - have plenty of pre-mixed SW
ready at the new house, plenty of RO
water ready there as well, I'll be moving as much of the aquarium water from the tank to the new house, I'll bag the corals and fish, will monitor levels after the move....but have some specific concerns that I'm hoping some of you can help with.
I have a yellow headed jawfish that is one of my concerns. I'm not sure how to remove him from the tank for moving without completely destroying his burrow, and possibly injuring him - is this even possible? Do I simply go in with a finger, dig him out of his burrow and then make him dig it out again when we set the tank up at the new house? I'm not a fan of this, mostly because his residence is currently EXACTLY where we want it to be - it is perfect, and also because I'm concerned with caving his burrow in on him. The tank was set up with a jawfish in mind from the very beginning, and he ended up right where we hoped he would. I'm concerned that if we force him to dig a burrow again after the move, he'll decide to do so someplace we don't want him to. Anybody have any ideas, short of destroying the burrow? He's pretty shy - I'll not just happen to catch him out of his burrow. I am pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but I'm hoping.
Also, is there a concern with the sand bed? I have argonite, not CC, and in places it is fairly deep (for the jawfish). I will not be able to remove all of the water from the tank to move it, obviously a minimal amount will remain, so is there a potential problem with "sloshing" during the move disrupting my sand bed, causing all the nasties to be moved about? The tank is only a little over 1 year old, if that matters. I'd rather not replace the sandbed, if possible.
I'm sure I'll have further questions about this as I think through it more and more. The good news is that I have 5 months to prepare.