Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Oil City PA. USA
Yeah That wouldn't be pretty. I never recommend moving any tank with substrate or water in it (even if it were only 1") The weight on the bottom of the tank is what I would worry about. an uneven lift of the tank, and the bottom will crack and the sides will let go. Then you have not only a real mess in the car but a dead fish on top of that.
When I moved larger tanks just around the house I used a portable scissors lift, to move the tanks. Drain the tanks down to where you can slide the tank on to the lift and then lower it to within floor level and push the lift from room to room and jack it back up to the stand and slide it back on. (I've only had one failure out of a couple hundred tanks moved) I hit an uneven door way floor and the tank slid off the lift and smashed on the floor. Lucky for me it wasn't my tank. (Not funny) It was a 250 gal. reef tank of my sons. He wasn't real happy with me. and I had to pay for the tank. (Ouch) So when ever You move a tank make sure it's empty and clean so when you get it back into place it's a clean start for the tank and fish.
Oh by the way the largest tank I have moved to date would be a 1000 Gal. it took 6 people and three scissor lifts, and 8 hours to move the tank a distance of 200 feet. It was from one side of a pet shop to the other side of the shop. Talk about a tense move.