I plan to basically just drain out half the water into a bucket, net in the fish, put the sand into another bucket along with the decor, empty the tank, then just unplug and go. That's what I normally do when moving a tank, but I've never moved plants.
So basically you are just saying to swish the sand away from the plant roots and pull them out and put them in the bucket with the fish then just replant when I get to the new house?
When I get there the tank will be setup immediately. I will basically just walk in with the tank, dump in the sand, fill with dechlorinated water, turn on the heater and filter, reacclimate the fish while planting the plants, and turning everything on. I'm not worried about the temp of the water beacuse I'll be using a python hooked up to the kitchen sink so I can control the temp going into the tank.
I guess my main concern is trying not to damage the roots of the plants. I may just end up planting them in my 5 gal
but I still dont' want to harm the roots.