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Old 05-09-2010, 12:47 AM   #11
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How did moving the tanks go?
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Old 05-09-2010, 12:55 AM   #12
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well, it went... I moved the planted betta/platy fry tank by just removing most of the plants and draining it down to about 2". The 150g wasnt quite as easy. It took five 5g buckets for the rocks and sand, and another 5g bucket for the fish. I pulled a muscle in my back while lifting one of the buckets of wet sand, so moving the tank was a big job, and a big pain. Overall, it went well. Trying to move in one day with minimal packing before is not a good idea. I had to have the uhaul back by 7pm, couldnt pick it up until 9am. We had to move everything that wouldnt fit in my nitro, unload it, then go pick up our new sectional before 5:00. We ended up getting there at 4:45 and barely made the 7:00 deadline for returning the uhaul. Oh, did i mention that while filling up the tank at the same time as unloading everything, I forgot about it and ended up overfilling it? That part sucked. I just hope my fish make it through this. They all seem very active, and i took every precaution to prevent going through another cycle. Next move I plan on buying a new tank, having it cycled and ready for fish, then moving my 150g and setting it up later. I'm probably going to be out of commission for a few days with my back, but I'm just glad to have it done and over with
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Old 05-09-2010, 01:02 AM   #13
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Well I'm sure we're all glad that your fish (and you) seem to be doing well. Moving a fish tank is NOT fun.

I've read the best way to move a tank is exactly how you said. You set up another (possibly smaller) tank before you move, then just move your fish one day, then you can worry about setting up your tank the way you want it once you get everything else in.

I had to move my two tiny tanks the other day about an hour away, and it was a PITA. I was SO worried the entire time about the fish. Not so much about the betta, they seem to live through anything. Plus I didn't take him out of his tank, since it was only 5 gallons, I just drained half of it, and it was light enough to carry. And the tank's made out of acrylic so it wouldn't break easily.

The real pain was getting everything set up quick enough to the fish didn't have to stay in the bucket very long.
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Old 05-09-2010, 03:41 AM   #14
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I saved all my betta cups, and I have been getting my aunts GIANT plastic ice cream containers for my move.
I feel for ya Rookie! I sprained my back lifting my snow tires this winter and had to go to PT. The best thing they taught me was first thing in the morning and before you go to bed, lay on your stomach on the floor, relax for 2 minutes, then lift yourself up onto your elbows keeping your hips on the floor, (if you can get up on your palms do that), hold for 10 seconds. Go back down for 2 seconds, then back up for 10. Do that 3 times twice a day. Also, try to use a lumbar support when you are sitting, roll up a towel if you need to. Ok, Doctor Darby is done LOL. Heal quickly! I know how bad it hurts!
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:24 AM   #15
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The best thing they taught me was first thing in the morning and before you go to bed, lay on your stomach on the floor, relax for 2 minutes, then lift yourself up onto your elbows keeping your hips on the floor, (if you can get up on your palms do that), hold for 10 seconds. Go back down for 2 seconds, then back up for 10. Do that 3 times twice a day.
That's a yoga position I think. (Thanks Wii Fit) I don't know what it's called though. Anyway, when I moved my tanks I bought a few 5 gallon buckets from home depot. Worked out really well.
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o.k. what happened to sw?
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