We will be moving in the next few weeks. Somehow, it did not occur to me that we couldn't just put our "fully loaded" 65gallon tank in the car and drive. So, now I'm in a bit of a dilemma.
We have a 65 gallon tank with: 3 golden dojo loaches (~3.5inc each), 1 yoyo loach (~1.5"), 2 male dwarf guoramis (2.5" each"), 3 Madagascar Rainbow fish (~3in each), 1 red velvet swordtail male and 1 female (male ~2", female ~3"), 4 silver hatchet fish (~1.5"), 5 neon tetra (~1" each) and 1 ~8-10" pleco.
The movers are coming to pack all of our stuff on 16JUN (in Virginia) and will be moving it to our new home in Florida with anticipated delivery date ~23JUN. Apparently, they will be moving our fish tank at that time too and need a special crate to move it. And the tank, of course, needs to be emptied.
Sadly, I don't believe all those fish will make it in buckets for a bit over a week. I do have one 5 gallon fish tank that houses a betta, and we can just take that tank with us for the ten hour drive. But those other fish cannot all live in that tank for a week. And then it seems as though we will have to restart our established 65gal tank once it is delivered, with an 8 week cycle before adding any fish.
I just don't believe the bacteria in the substrate and the fish can survive in 5 gallon buckets for that period of time. Any thoughts on this?
It looks like I will have to give away my guys. Which makes me sad because they've all lived together as a family for several years.
Maybe I'm anthropomorphizing..... I am especially sad about my pleco "Grandpa" as I have had him for 7 years since he was only 1" long!
Thoughts? Advice? Anyone know anybody in the VA area who is a trustworthy fish owner?