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Packing Procedures for Fish Tanks and Aquariums

If you are in the process of moving to a new home, you understand the stress associated with making sure everything gets packed in time for moving day. Moving to a new city is an exciting time in one’s life, but sometimes this excitement can get overshadowed with the burden of all the tasks that need to be completed. You may have already put a plan in place for moving your most fragile items, but have you thought about how you will pack and transport your fish tank or aquarium? Don’t worry, this can often times get overlooked, however, the Charleston movers from All My Sons Moving & Storage are here to give you an in depth guide on the packing procedures for fish tanks. With the proper planning you can ensure that your fish tank will remain intact and that your water creatures are happy in their new home just like you and your family.

Packing Products for Fish Tanks

Before you start the packing procedures for fish tanks you will need to purchase the proper packing supplies. Having the appropriate materials for your aquarium will help the process go quickly and smoothly. You will need a net, 5-gallon buckets, plastic bags, and bucket covers. The buckets will be used for your fish to travel in when the move occurs. You should also not forget about the typical packing supplies such as packing paper, bubble wrap, and large boxes.

Preparing your Fish for Moving Day

You should disassemble your fish tank last and focus on packing all your other belongings before moving out of your home. You should then reassemble the tank first thing when you arrive to your new home. You will avoid headaches this way and properly protect your animals during the process. The goal is for your fish to spend less time in crowded containers with the possibility of poor water conditions. You should take as much original water from your fish tank as possible when you transport the fish in the large gallon. When you move to a new city, the water quality and chemistry are going to be different than what your fish are accustomed to and slowly introducing the new water to their tank will reduce discomfort.

Before you disassemble your aquarium, make sure you remove everything from the tank including the gravel, pumps, and fake plants. You should wrap these items in blankets or towels before packing them in boxes. Right before your move, you should place your fish and aquarium plants in the 5-gallon buckets with two-thirds of the way filled with original aquarium water. Depending on the kind of fish you have and the amount will determine how you should split them up in the buckets. If you are using lids for your buckets, be sure to create small holes so air can circulate. Lids will help to prevent the water from splashing during travel.

When you arrive to your new home, immediately search for the right area that is near an electrical outlet and water source. This will allow you to easily set up your aquarium and you should pour the fish and water from the buckets into it. Your fish are now situated in their new home and you can relax knowing that the process was executed smoothly! Contact the Charleston movers from All My Sons Moving & Storage today to learn more about the moving and packing services we offer.