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sloshesv
01/25/2006, 10:54 PM
The good news is that it's because I'm moving back home after a 2 year hiatus. The bad news is I have to greatly disturb my happy little community. It's a 55 gallon tank that has to go down stairs and travel about 2 miles. I'm really dreading this. Any pearls of wisdom?

AllenFord_SC
01/25/2006, 11:20 PM
Hvae plenty of buckets! And try to save as much of the established water as possible. And take your time. Good luck.

donski
01/26/2006, 01:41 AM
I used a couple of new Rubbermaid trash cans with the wheels on and handles on them. They run about $20 each. I needed new ones anyway... these ones clip the lids on so dogs ,racoons ,ect can't just knock them over and wreak havoc.

dwhit0102
01/26/2006, 06:55 AM
Good luck I hope everything turns out great.

Bojan
01/26/2006, 07:05 AM
Do not worry to much . It is not so difficult , if you not have Jaubert or DSB.

demeyer2
01/26/2006, 08:10 AM
I've had to do this a couple of times, my only advice would be make a list of what to do in order to minimize corals and fishes time in bags. Also to disturb the sand as little as possible.

sloshesv
01/26/2006, 09:13 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=6591821#post6591821 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by demeyer2
I've had to do this a couple of times, my only advice would be make a list of what to do in order to minimize corals and fishes time in bags. Also to disturb the sand as little as possible.
Yeah, I've been in the planning stages for weeks now but still feel like I'm jumping off a cliff. It's the stairs that are going to make this so difficult. I've got feather worms, a tube anemone and a clam so I'll have to keep a minimum amount of water in the tank. But how much are my friend and I going to be able to carry? This sucks. Does anybody have a transporter that can beam my tank over?

twon8
01/26/2006, 09:51 AM
I moved the livestock from a 120 to a 180 more than 150 miles in one afternoon a few months ago, not a single loss. I had tanks and coolers and buckets. coolers work well plus they have handles on the ends. I actually didn't reuse much of the water. just make sure you have plenty of made up salt water already at the new place and at temp. you won't have to worry about aeration or heating with that short of a ride. It is going to be messy, but you'll get through it. I did.

PelagicMagic
01/26/2006, 10:45 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=6592237#post6592237 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by sloshesv
I'll have to keep a minimum amount of water in the tank. But how much are my friend and I going to be able to carry? This sucks.

You shouldnt lift a tank with any amount of water in it

sloshesv
01/26/2006, 11:24 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=6592859#post6592859 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by PelagicMagic
You shouldnt lift a tank with any amount of water in it
Really? Then I how do I deal with that?

tp5056
01/26/2006, 11:30 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=6592237#post6592237 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by sloshesv
Yeah, I've been in the planning stages for weeks now but still feel like I'm jumping off a cliff. It's the stairs that are going to make this so difficult. I've got feather worms, a tube anemone and a clam so I'll have to keep a minimum amount of water in the tank. But how much are my friend and I going to be able to carry? This sucks. Does anybody have a transporter that can beam my tank over?

Tanks aren't meant to sustain the weight they do with motion so you would be playing a dangerous risk by doing this.

I just moved my tank recently and it was the same size as yours with no casualties.

My advice is transfer all your water and live rock in buckets/containers and I started up a new sandbed and seeded it with some of the old sand.

I really didn't want to use all that old sand for fear of the consequences for stirring it up!

jnb
01/26/2006, 11:38 AM
I don't think three inches of water or less would hurt - except it won't be fun on the stairs - try to keep the tank level - and if it were me - water or not - I would put the tank on plywood to help take stress off of uneven handling

sloshesv
01/26/2006, 12:19 PM
What a nightmare!

jnb
01/26/2006, 12:26 PM
hire a tank babysitter from your lfs to help on the half day project

<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=6593633#post6593633 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by sloshesv
What a nightmare!

dr.darkness
01/26/2006, 12:27 PM
I did it a couple of months ago with a friends tank with no problems. We moved it with the sand bed undisturbed and every thing else in buckets.

sloshesv
01/26/2006, 12:48 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=6593696#post6593696 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by dr.darkness
I did it a couple of months ago with a friends tank with no problems. We moved it with the sand bed undisturbed and every thing else in buckets.
What size? Any water in it? Yes to the lfs employee idea.

sloshesv
01/26/2006, 01:49 PM
So it sounds like I should just keep the apartment.

jnb
01/26/2006, 02:00 PM
zoloft

<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=6594324#post6594324 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by sloshesv
So it sounds like I should just keep the apartment.