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Old 01-22-2011, 01:57 AM   #1
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how to move a reef tank

Have purchased a 90 gal saltwater tank full of corrals, mushrooms and fish
what would be the best way to transport all that to my house.
It takes 10 min to drive to my house. On the back wall of the tank are many corrals and mushrooms. Is there any way I could save those without scraping them of the wall.
I don't really now much about saltwater. I have 2 goldfish tanks of 40 gal, three tropical of 55 gal, 65 gal and 75 gal which are doing fine.

I would appreciate some advise on how to transport all this safely, what to watch for and how to maintain.
I was gonna start this slowly , but this was to good a deal to pas on.
I know that I'm way over my head in this, so please help me

thanks Maryanne
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Old 01-22-2011, 04:59 AM   #2
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lMoving an Established Reef Tank, Part 1: Moving Out, by Marty Ziegler

http://www.aquarticles.com/articles/...r_Moving2.html
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:45 AM   #3
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:08 AM   #4
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Good luck! I'd totally help out more if I knew anything else. That's where I went when i helped my friend move his reef tank. He didn't have any mushrooms or anything, but we did successfully keep all his coral and anenomes alive by just keeping them in plastic bags.
The main thing is to do all your prep work ahead of time so that the actual transportation is as quick as possible.
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Should I ditch the crushed corals and go with live sand, or keep it in the tank covered with a towel so it doesnt disturb as much
What would be safer?
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I don't know very much about saltwater tanks, though I've been told a few times over that corals somehow limit your selection of invert, as well as contribute to ammonia spikes and/or other chemical imbalances. But that's just what I've heard. My friend personally just went with live sand.
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Moved to salt-water reef .... so you can get expert advice from the salties.
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yes ditch crushed coral go with sand for sure

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lots of 5 gallon buckets :P i'd just fill the buckets with tank water, coral live rock anemones whatever is in there, throw out 10% of the water after and do a PWC and just place all the stuff back in once its moved, you might need small heaters if you're going to keep the water i nthe buckets for a few days
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I would throw away more than 10%. I would throw away like 25%.
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