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Old 05-18-2013, 01:23 PM   #1 
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Summer planning. HELP!!!! D:

Planning to leave for the summer, for 2 months away from my house to the cabin. Now. Serveral things.

first I need to somehow get the fish, snails, and shrimp up there.
anyone have safe ideas for the 3.5 hour trip? its not too bumpy. just curvy.

After that I have no idea what to do with the tank and supplies and plants.
Should I just leave it running for two months in 90 degree house temp? and just hope for the best? or transport it all the way in a curvy 3 1/2 hour drive.

If I transport it how do I do it to keep the bacterial colony from dying too much? how to transport the inhabitants and the plants?

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Old 05-18-2013, 02:05 PM   #2 
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I transfer fish through baggies and possibly in a cooler. I would worry about moving the tank. I usually leave them running, but it also depends on your area. Some places have issues with the power constantly going out. However the issue I would have, would be the fact that the tank will not be cleaned when you are gone...
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:11 PM   #3 
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And the water level would drop considerably in 90 degrees. turning the air off. in Arizona. in the summer.... sigh. should I leave the plants? the cleaning not much of a problem since all organisms will be removed.

How would I bag them?
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There are actual bags made for live fish. Check stores, or even online. I doublebag them, to make sure it does not leak or become punctured!


What kind of plants do you have? Hardy ones like java fern, moss balls etc would be fine in a bowl by a window
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:59 PM   #5 
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Well I obviously have some temporary tanks up there for them. enough for the snails and shrimp in one and the betta in the other. and some room for a few plants.

I have a banana plant I will be taking. along with anubias probably nd the duckweed.

Id be leaving the hornwort. anarachis?. amazon sword and water whisteria. im just worried about the water level.

Although I might have an opportunity to come down on a weekend once and refill it.

other concern is the sponge filters set up. the plants don't need them right?
I mean I guess I could just dry them out and reset em up once I come back down and recycle everything.... But if I could transport them up north thatd be much better.
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I have always had a problem with my wisteria dying, especially if the filter was not on, the temperature was not right so on so forth x.x
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:55 AM   #7 
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:35 AM   #8 
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I also need to know if my BB will survive the trip if I put their sponges in water. since they wont dry out they'll live right? but that also prompts the question. will my plants be okay withouth them? I don't see why not im just going to be extra careful
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:29 PM   #9 
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How far is the drive again?

Making sure it does not dry out or foul (ammonia growing more than BB can break it down), it should be fine. I've done it for 8 hours give or take... I also use grael and all orbamets as they have BB on their surface.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:11 PM   #10 
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For shipping the fish I recommend Kordon breathing bags. They are very less stressful for fish when shipping because you wont allow air space in the bag, so the water does not splash around. Like so:

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/...5/IMAG0413.jpg

It ensures that the fish is always in water, and if the bag its tipped over, they will still be okay. However, you do not want to double bag them.
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