Mid July, I'll be moving house. It's only about a 5 minute drive, if even, but the drive from home to college is about an hour. I'm sure my fish will be fine, and the worst I'm sure could happen is my shrimp dying.
I plan on cupping my bettas, bagging the shrimp and snails, then the plants and gravel will go in an empty ice cream bin. Hopefully, anyway. I have to get one and clean it out first. I may just leave the gravel in the tank, but I do want to clean it really well first, so I'm not quite sure.
It's a 10 gallon tank, currently divided in half, but soon to be divided into three parts, once my baby Norman grows big enough to not be able to wiggle in between the dividers. The tank currently houses two bettas, two zebra nerite snails, and 7 ghost shrimp. Soon, it will have another betta, and possibly more shrimp, if Norman doesn't think they're a meal and the shrimp actually stay where I put them.
But my problem is, is it okay to tear down the tank in mid July, put it back together that same day (hopefully), and then tear it down again in the end of August? Will that stress them too much? I'm not sure what else to do. I'm allowed to take them with me to college, and I'm sure they'll do okay on the trip there, since the trip home from the LFS is about an hour, and even longer from Petco to home (where I got Norman).
I don't have a test kit, but I'm pretty sure the tank is cycled. I have a bunch of live plants, and I've been using the same filter cartridge for over a month. It does need to be changed soon, since it's starting to look really nasty, but I'm prepared for that. I'll just stick the new one in with it for a while, then take out the nasty one. Hopefully that'll work to transfer the BB easily. I do, however, plan on scrubbing everything down when I move. I'm thinking in that time, Norman will be big enough to be able to move in with them. I want to make sure that there isn't any way that any of them could get sick, but I don't know if scrubbing it down will really help. There is algae everywhere though, so I do want to try to get rid of it.
Is there anything else I should do or could do to make the moves easiest on the bettas, shrimp, and snails? I don't want them to get sick or too stressed.