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07-06-2019 10:52 AM
finnfinnfriend
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Originally Posted by RussellTheShihTzu View Post
Eeks! I misspoke. <img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.bettafish.com/images/smilies/icon_sad.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Sad" class="inlineimg" />

I meant take gallons of source water from your apartment. But tank water wouldn't be a bad idea, either.
Oooh okay &#x1f604;. Yes, I would rather transport fresh source water than dirty tank water anyway &#x1f60a;
07-06-2019 05:52 AM
Old Dog 59 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.
07-06-2019 01:04 AM
OrchidxBetta
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When you move the fish are the very last thing to be taken out of the tank and the tank emptied and cleaned. The tank would be the very last thing loaded and the very first thing off the truck. your fish would be with you and they would be the first to be cared for on the other end.
Agreed. In the future, I will definitely do this and have a spare cup. Thinking it would be easier to move the Betta tank with the Betta in it especially since it was only a five mile journey was a big no-no. The 5 gal tank had minimal water though I removed all the decor and rocks. The tank was sitting securely on the passenger side of the car floor. As you can image, definite slooshing. Stirred up substrate. Poor guy.
07-05-2019 08:46 PM
RussellTheShihTzu Eeks! I misspoke.

I meant take gallons of source water from your apartment. But tank water wouldn't be a bad idea, either.
07-05-2019 08:04 PM
finnfinnfriend @RussellTheShihTzu , @Old Dog 59 , thank you for the moving tips.

Good to know about using minimal water, I would have thought the opposite. Also I was pretty sure it was the sudden change in source water that would be stressful, but bringing old tank water separately to acclimate makes sense.

No one better pour rum on my fish. That is messed up. I'm really sorry that happened to you.
07-05-2019 06:55 PM
Old Dog 59 Unless someone pours rum into the cup or bowl that is being moved you should be fine like Russell said. When we moved a month and a half ago I had a Petco Black orchard (Ben) Ben was a real character and a great personality. I had gotten him into his traveling bowl (we were only moving a half a block down the street.) I was tearing down and cleaning his tank, when my Son (who was helping with the move ) said Hay Dad Ben doesn't look so good. He's at the top of the bowl and looks like he's having a hard time breathing. By the time I got back to his bowl he was gone. After testing the water to try and find a reason I was told by another who saw what happened. One guy we hired was drinking and poured rum into the bowl.

I will never let any of my betta out of my sight. not even for a Min.

When you move the fish are the very last thing to be taken out of the tank and the tank emptied and cleaned. The tank would be the very last thing loaded and the very first thing off the truck. your fish would be with you and they would be the first to be cared for on the other end. Then every thing else would be moved in. They can not sit for days while you unpack the house and get time to set up the tank. Hay even if you put the tank on a stand, hook up the heater and filter (don't worry about getting the substrate or decor into the tank. Just get it so the water is conditioned and warm enough for the fish.
07-05-2019 04:53 PM
RussellTheShihTzu I am wondering how moving would be any more stressful than being tossed around by the USPS for three days?

If you put him in a small cup or jar with just enough water to keep him covered and surround it with tightly-packed clothing or something else he should be fine. Take several gallons of his current water and gradually acclimate him to the new.

Shipped Betta are in tiny bags with minimal water. This is for the protection of the Betta as it alleviates the amount jostling/sloshing around they experience.
07-05-2019 11:27 AM
finnfinnfriend
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My longest lived betta was Harry. A blue double tail. He past away a day after he turned 9 years old. That was Jan. of this year. He was a great little guy with a lot of personality.
WOW. &#x1f633;. That's impressive. Sorry for your loss. That was fairly recent. &#x1f61e;

It's too bad about the genetics being weaker than they used to be. I wish we could count on enjoying our little friends for a bit longer.

Unfortunately, it seems like moving is a big risk for these guys, but that's just part of life sometimes &#x1f61e; I'm nervous about any fish I have when the time comes for us to move out of the apartment.
07-04-2019 05:17 PM
Old Dog 59 My longest lived betta was Harry. A blue double tail. He past away a day after he turned 9 years old. That was Jan. of this year. He was a great little guy with a lot of personality.
07-03-2019 09:43 PM
OrchidxBetta Cool topic! My story is simple.

I had a Betta named Hattori Hanzo who lived four years which wasn't very long. He was a very active, confident and beautiful Betta in his 5 gal tank. He was just a lovely fella to watch. Yes, I had moved from an apartment to a house and transported him. That stressed him out. Shortly after a couple of months, he became ill and passed.
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