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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-22-2013, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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If I had to move a planted tank could I lower the water level quickly, move, refill?

By winter or fall I may want to move all of my tanks downstairs. I cannot do it yet because the room needs work. Can I lower the water level to a few inches move the tanks and fill back up with the same water. It would take about 5-6 minutes to move each tank. I will have a 20 long and several 5 gallons and some help to do it. Would I destroy everything by doing that?


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No that should be fine as long as it doesn't slosh around too much, everything should stay in tact. It won't kill the BB for being not wet for less than half an hour. Just throw the filter (if you've got one) into a bucket of water to keep wet, you can throw some of the plants in there too if you need while you move but it shouldn't be too bad if you're just going right downstairs.

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The tank might snap from the weight.
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I'm with Olympia, I'd be concerned about it cracking from the weight not being evenly distributed during the move. That's a lot of weight to move around.
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What if I put a board underneath it?


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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-22-2013, 08:00 PM
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I've heard of people using plywood to move tanks with substrate still in them, but I've never done it personally.

Don't leave any water in the tank if you're gonna do it though, drain it as much as possible and just cover the plants with cling wrap to keep some moisture in.

If there are fish just put them into buckets, along with the media.

Trust me though, a 20 gallon with just substrate is INSANELY heavy. I drained mine completely of water when I had to move it in a rush (long story, the room flooded basically and I had to take all the furniture out.) and it took 2 people and a lot of swearing to move it to another room. It didn't crack or snap thank god, but I think I just got lucky.
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I am glad you could rescue everyone! Maybe I will just leave the sorrority upstairs and take everyone else downstairs. The 5 gallons probably won't be heavily planted like the sorrority tank would be.


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It would still be a good idea to drain the 5gal tanks a bit...gotta watch for back safety also since those are rather heavy too.
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Yes I'd definitely would drain them. No worries I have someone to do all that for me. That's what good friends are for. However, I'd be cooking a very nice meal.


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Oh right, I always forget that the bottoms can fall out, Sorry!! I'll keep that in mind next time I try to give advice! lol

I do hope it works well, with moving any tanks you've got!

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