Moving house with pets is stressful enough but what do you do when you’ve got a large tank full of tropical fish? Follow these ten tips to ensure that your fish make it to your house in 1 piece.
1. Never move the tank with the fish in it. This can be both hazardous to your fish and the rest of your possessions as the water is not likely to keep in the tank once the truck starts moving.
2. Buy strong polythene bags to transport your fish. You can pick them up at the neighborhood pet store. Part fill the bags with water out of their tank and leave an air pocket at the top. It’s a fantastic idea to place the fish into two bags to prevent leaks and then tie them with an elastic band.
3. Use polystyrene cartons. When the fish have been bagged up put them in a polystyrene carton which you can purchase from an aquatic specialist. Make sure that the cartons are clearly marked with the contents and which is the top and bottom of the box. Check out online websites If you want to explore more about Fiberglass Basin Fish ponds (which is also known as “อ่างไฟเบอร์กลาส บ่อเลี้ยงปลาปลา” in the Thai language).
4. Do not feed your fish. Some fish regurgitate their food when they’re stressed so to minimize waste from the transportation container you should avoid feeding your fish for 24 hours prior to the move.
5. Do not forget the plants. For those who have living plants in the tank then these will have to be bagged up with tank water to keep them moist.
6. Allow electric heaters and heaters to cool. Switch off electrical appliances 15 minutes before you will need to move them to ensure they don’t crack.
7. Bubble wrap the tank. You will need to protect the tank by standing it on cardboard and bubble wrap it. If it is possible to transfer the tank in the boot of your car as opposed to at the back of a truck with the rest of the boxes.
8. Get up the filters and running. Storing filters for too long can kill off the germs so that you will need to get them up and running as soon as possible.
9. Care for your fish just like new. As soon as you have the tank set up on your new house you should treat them like they were fresh including de-chlorinating the tank. Always make sure that the water from the tank and the bags is at room temperature prior to moving the fish into their tank.
10. Monitor your fish. For the first week on your new house keep a close eye on your fish to be certain they’re showing no signs of anxiety. Check the water for ammonia and nitrate levels to be certain they don’t become tender.