This is my first post. I have been lurking for a few months now. Just completed a major move...From Boca Raton, Florida to Silver Spring, Maryland...1150 miles in all.
Many people "experts" told me it couldn't be done. It was more stressful for me than the fish!
The fish that made the trip and enjoying Maryland
Two Yellow Tangs
Powder Blue Tang (large)
Large Clam (don't know name of species)
The only two fish that died
Angel (Fire Red)
I would say that in total, it took about 72 hours from the time I broke down the tank in Florida until the time that I had my new tank up and running in Maryland. (My 3 young daughters, beautiful wife and dog and Quaker Parrot also made the trip and are all good.)
I definitely learned a whole bunch. I would definitely not recommend this and I doubt I would ever attempt it again.
120 Gallon Tank
30 Gallon Sump
Hang-On cheap filter w/active carbon
Several things that I am sure contributed to success:
1. I brought at least half of my saltwater and shipped up an extra 60 gallons of new saltwater. (filtered seawater I used to buy in FL.)
2. Made sure to take all of the sand. Kept it aerated.
3. Kept live rock wet and aerated with several air stones.
4. Left behind actual empty tank. Had a new tank waiting. I was afraid seals would go. Tank was over 8 yrs old)
5. Had a small hang-on filter and heater running on the 96 gallon garbage pail that I had half filled. Transported fish and corals in pail.
Fortunately I had my 9 year old daughter, Ariella help me the whole drive up. Could not have done it without her.
If anyone is ever considering to make a long distance move, please contact me and I will be happy to try and talk you out of it. If however you are as stubborn as I am, then I will share with you everything I learned along the way!