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Old 12-05-2010, 03:00 PM   #11 
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Thanks for the advice Welsh. :)
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:52 PM   #12 
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No probs good luck with the move !!
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:59 PM   #13 
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Kind of piggy-backing into your thread, here.

Also moving my 5-gal from my dorm to my home, for winter break.

I have live plants, I was thinking of emptying 1/2 to 2/3's of the water, so the roots and plants stay mostly wet, and traveling with it like that. The distance is only a 2-hour car ride.

Would that work? Or should I take the plants out, which are planted and rooted in the substrate, and place them in a separate container? (Or wrap them in damp newspaper and plastic?)

It's a hawkeye, if that makes a difference.
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:10 PM   #14 
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Aslong as the plant leaves are kept moist then I don't see a problem really.
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:57 PM   #15 
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i've been worried about moving to the dorms next year with a planted tank too! (but luckily my college's only 30 mins away XD)

i think you should empty the water, leave enough to cover the gravel, leave plants in, wrap them in damp paper towels, and put some saran wrap on top to keep it humid. this way, in theory, they'll all stay rooted and happy!
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:41 PM   #16 
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Arowan and Celine - The move was successful. :) Here was my strategy:

Tupperware bowls. Lots of them. One of them contained my fish since he's too big for his cup.

Another Tupperware bowl was full to the brim with water and my filter media.
Another Tupperware bowl was full to the brim with water and my plants.
Another Tupperware bowl was full to the brim with water and more plants.

My heater and filter were stored in a bag.
My tank was drained to where the water laid just above the gravel.

Once I had my plants and fish out of the tank, I stirred up the gravel, then siphoned out the dirty water. I dumped that water. The rest of the water, the stuff covering the gravel, remained in the tank so that acclimation was easier.

I hope this helps everyone. :) Message me if you have ANY questions.

I kept the cleaner water in the Tupperware bowls and also added it to the tank. I also let the filter cycle the tank water to clear the water before I started thinking about adding my fish back in. You know how plant matter and diatoms can make a mess of things...
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yay, i'm glad it was a success!! i'll have to go to the dollar store and stock up on tupperware, lol. oh, do you think you were able to keep your cycle?
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