Moving a tank ; need advice
I am going this weekend to pick up a 29 gallon biocube saltwater reef tank that is fully established and was wondering the best way to go about it. I have heard from some that say leave some of the water in the tank and move it with the fish in it and others say to completly drain to prevent possable damage to a seam or the bottom of the tank. The last thing I want is to blow out a seam during the move , so here is my plan; can anyone tell me if this is the proper way to go about it?
Drain about half of the water into a clean container and remove the fish and put them into the container of water , place a heater and an airstone in the container to maintain tempature and airation while transporting
Remove all the invertabrates and place them in a second container the same as the fish were done with heat and air stone.
Drain any water that is left and save it to refill when I get it home and setup.
Remove live rock and place it in a tightly closed plastic bag , or I could use another container if need be ; I have both
Remove live sand and again bag it or into a container as done with the rock.
Transport and more or less reverse the process when I get it home.
I have a power inverter I can plug into my cigarette lighter in my truck so I am able to power the air pump and heaters as necessary. Over all the drive between locations is only around a half hour so that should not be an issue as I understand it. I am figureing that it might be around 3 hours total with breaking down the tank in it's current location , loading , transporting and resetting in it's new location. Does it sound like I have a pretty good handle on a plan to safely move without too much trouble and preventing damage to a seam in the tank. Thanks in advance for any help with this.