A Guide To Preparing Your Aquarium For Moving Day

Pet ownership is on the rise in the United States, and apart from dogs and cats, it may surprise you to learn that a majority of the population own freshwater fish. A recent poll has revealed that 11.5 million households have an aquarium, and currently, there are 139.9 million freshwater fish that live in family-maintained tanks all over the country. Caring for fish can be a relaxing and rewarding hobby, but it can be a challenge to pack up an aquarium when it’s time to move to a new home. Not only do you have to look out for the health of your pets, but you also need to ensure that your tank gets to your new home safely. If you have some pet fish, here’s a guide to preparing your aquarium before moving to another house.

Get your fish ready for the big move

The first thing that you have to do is to move your fish to another container, such as a bucket or a plastic bag, along with some of the water from your tank. Only use plastic bags if you’re moving to another neighborhood or if your new home is just minutes away from your old residence. Keep in mind that your fish will need oxygen to survive. If you’re using a bucket and your fish are jumpers, place a lid on it, but don’t seal it shut. You’ll need to leave a gap in there so that the fish can’t jump out, but air can still come in. Also, never place the fish in a container with new or clean water as your pets might get shocked by the sudden change in temperature.

Clean up your tank

Cleaning your aquarium needs a bit of time and a lot of elbow grease. However, if you have a green or sustainable fish tank, you’ll find that cleaning up is made easier as accessories such as bio stones and UV sterilizers can keep your aquarium clean and bacteria-free for a longer time. Moreover, your fish will be healthier and are more likely to thrive, so a month before your house move, consider adding these eco-friendly accessories to your existing tank, or transfer your fish to a self-cleaning tank.
On moving day, once you’ve transferred your fish to another container, you’ll need to pour the remaining water into clean plastic drums or pails with lids. This water will be essential when setting up your tank in your new home. If this isn’t possible, try to set aside as much of the old water as possible, then once your fish is back in the aquarium, you can gradually add in some fresh water to top up the tank. Next, pack up all the accessories, clean the aquarium, and pack it in a styrofoam container so that it’s well protected during the drive to your new home. It also helps to place some soft packaging materials, such as folded up cardboard boxes or blankets, around the aquarium once it’s in the mover’s vehicle to protect your tank from breakage.

Set it up again

Once you’re in your new place, set up the aquarium right away to get your fish acclimated to their new home. Remember to place your tank in a spot that’s away from direct sunlight to prevent algae growth. You should also keep your aquarium away from fireplaces or air conditioner units to keep your pets healthy and happy.
Preparing your aquarium for moving day is easy if you plan ahead. Try these tips to ensure the health and wellbeing of your fish and enjoy looking after your pets in your new home.

Chrissy Peters - Guest Blogger

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Chrissy Peters

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