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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-25-2019, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice for moving with fish

Hey guys! I'm going to be moving in a few months from the east coast to the midwest, a total of 9 hours of driving. I have Atlas, my two year old male betta, a nerite snail, and four cory catfish. I want to make this experience as safe and stress-free as possible for them so that everyone makes it to the new home happy and healthy. I'm looking for any and all advice anyone has, including how big their travel container should be, if I should add anything extra to the water, how to protect them from the sun overheating them, and anything else that you can think of! Thank you so much!
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I have done a move or two myself, here is what I have done. Using a new Styrofoam cooler, cleaned with treated water and then filled more than 3/4 full, Half would be better. You will need two really one for the betta and snails and one for the catfish alone. Fill them with clean fresh treated water and get a battery powered air pump and an air stone. for each. Feed them before you leave. You will need to set up the tank again as soon as can. With moving in hot weather you will not need a heater. Place the coolers on the floor of the car where they are stable and put something in to block them from moving. Make sure the lids are on tight so the water doesn't slosh out. The coolers will keep the water at Temp. and you will leave the lids on so the temp doesn't change.

If you have to wait for a day or two before you set up their tank make a 50% water change in the coolers and feed them. You will have to setup the tank and restart a cycle unless you have taken the old filter media out and kept it in the treated water. You will have to accumulate The fish and snails once again. check the temp of the old water and new water and get it as close to what is in the cooler's as you can to avoid ICK or any other problems.

Be prepared for loss because this does happen due to stress. But plan out the move so that they are the last to be loaded and the first to be unloaded.
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A tip I would suggest is to try and bring a few gallons of clean water from your old source with you. That way you have some water your fish are already used to to help acclimate them to their new water more easily. Old milk jugs (clean very well! Or buy a few water jugs at the store and just refill them with your tap water) are great for this if you don't already have something like a bucket with a lid or carboy that you can use.



I would suggest not feeding your fish the day before and while traveling, at least not the betta (I'm not sure of cory cat metabolism but most fish can go a few days without food no problem), to reduce the amount of waste they're producing while in their travel containers.


A tupperware container filled with tank water is a great way to keep your filter media wet during transport, you might end up having a mini-cycle because some of the bb have died off but it's better than starting from scratch imo.


To keep the sun off, make a "tent" with a blanket, towel, etc (light colored is better, or if you can swing it, one of those reflective car windshield covers). Don't lay it directly over whatever container you choose to transport your fish in but make sure there's air space underneath, and this should keep the worst of the heat off them. Of course, don't leave them in the car unattended for more than a few minutes, especially if you're parked in the sun- cars heat up fast!
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I never would've thought to use my sun reflector for the tent! That's a great idea, thank you!
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I was planning to use a tupperware thing and poke holes in the lid for air flow. A cooler and an air stone is probably a much better idea. Thank you!
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I’m looking into a similar move in the June-July time frame, Las Vegas NV to someplace in Colorado and have no air conditioning. Would the cooler be the best bet or the Tupperware. It’s just one betta and a moss ball.
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The cooler with a battery powered air pump and air stone would be your best bet. The cooler is insulated and will hold temp. for 24 hours with a lid on . The air pump and stone will continue to add fresh air on the move and also keep the water moving. As I said above The first thing to remember is He should be the last thing loaded and the first thing to unload and care for before anything else.
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