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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:52 pm Post subject: Shifting house with a planted Tank Confused Reply with quote

 Hi
 I  have  a  3  feet  X  1.5  feet  X  1.5  feet  heavily  planted  Tank  setup  in  late  September.  It  has  15  Black  Neon  Tetras,  15  Neon  Tetras,  7  Harlequin  Rasboras,  few  cories,  Otos  and  mollies.  Its  filtered  with  an  Ehein  2217.
 
 I  need  to  shift  houses  by  January  end.  The  new  house  is  only  1.5Km  away  from  the  current  one.
 
 Are  there  any  options  to  move  the  tank  without  stripping  it  down?  
 Any  suggestions  from  people  with  expertise  in  moving  tanks  will  be  appreciated.  
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:14 pm Post subject: Re: Shifting house with a planted Tank Confused Reply with quote

 The  safest  method  is  to  strip  it  completely,  I  mean,  the  fishes,  plants  and  gravel  and  move  the  tank  empty.  However,  if  your  tank  is  of  12mm  glass,  then  you  could  just  remove  the  fishes,  empty  the  water,  cover  the  tank  with  a  polythene  sheet  and  move  the  tank  as  it  is....  provided  you  get  the  help  of  some  real  strong  guys  to  lift  the  tank.
 
 Once  moved  in,  you  can  add  the  water  again  and  restart  in  a  jiffy.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:21 pm Post subject: Re: Shifting house with a planted Tank Confused Reply with quote

 Agree  with  Suraj,  also  suggest  that  you  remove  water  nearly  100%,  that  is  there  is  no  water  left  to  splash  around,  also  this  is  easier  if  your  moving  from  ground  floor  to  ground  floor.
 
 I  had  to  move  from  2nd  Floor  to  3rd  Floor  ,  1.5  months  ago,  one  3  footer  i  stripped  down  completely  and  the  ADA  Cube  i  had  to  keep  10  %  water  as  i  had  baby  cherry  shrimps  in  them  and  the  whole  tank  was  destroyed  in  the  movement  (2  KM)  because  the  water  just  kept  splashing  around.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:26 pm Post subject: Re: Shifting house with a planted Tank Confused Reply with quote

 I  think  stripping  the  tank  fully  is  the  best  and  only  option  if  it  is  a  planted  tank.  even  if  you  remove  all  the  water  and  just  want  to  tranport  the  tank  with  the  gravels,  rocks  and  plants  in  it,  you  will  do  more  harm.  it  is  impossible  to  keep  the  gravel/substrate  from  sliding  as  you  carry  it.  All  the  plants  that  have  roots  will  get  affected  that  way.  Which  would  mean  transport  them  without  the  plants.  in  that  case,  emptying  the  substrate  and  gravel  in  another  bucket  is  the  best.  Because  now  when  you  set  it  up  again,  you  will  know  exactly  the  thickness  of  substrate,gravel  etc.  Just  speaking  from  experience--a  terrible  one!
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:36 pm Post subject: Re: Shifting house with a planted Tank Confused Reply with quote

 Bappa  -  I  know  where  your  coming  from  ....  been  there  ....  when  i  saw  my  ADA  cube  in  shambles  after  the  shifting  ...  i  was  kicking  myself  for  shifting  houses   Chuckle  
 
 But  then  every  cloud  has  a  silver  lining  .....  the  ADA  Cube  was  converted  to  an  ADA  Iwagumi  Setup  and  the  stripping  of  my  3  footer  led  me  to  making  a  3  Foot  ADA  Tank   Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:43 pm Post subject: Re: Shifting house with a planted Tank Confused Reply with quote

 So  stripping  helps!  Very Happy  
 
 But  seriously,  if  you  want  to  have  anew  look  setup,  it  would  help  to  strip  it.  In  any  case,  post  shifting  chances  are  very  rare  (impossible  almost)  that  one  can  use  the  'new'  layout.  Thats  why  I  have  been  toying  with  the  idea  of  potting  plants  in  plastic  baskets  and  then  putting  them  in  the  aquarium.  
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:57 pm Post subject: Re: Shifting house with a planted Tank Confused Reply with quote

                                                   
nature_lover  wrote  (View  Post):                

 The  safest  method  is  to  strip  it  completely,  I  mean,  the  fishes,  plants  and  gravel  and  move  the  tank  empty.  However,  if  your  tank  is  of  12mm  glass,  then  you  could  just  remove  the  fishes,  empty  the  water,  cover  the  tank  with  a  polythene  sheet  and  move  the  tank  as  it  is....  provided  you  get  the  help  of  some  real  strong  guys  to  lift  the  tank.
 Once  moved  in,  you  can  add  the  water  again  and  restart  in  a  jiffy.
                 

 
 Thanks  Suraj
 The  tank  is  only  8mm  Glass.  There  is  an  important  factor  that  I  forgot  to  mention.  The  tank  is  currently  on  a  concrete  slab.  So  i  don't  have  an  option  of  transporting  it  on  a  stable  platform  either  Sad

 
 
                                                 
Seetharam  wrote  (View  Post):                

 Agree  with  Suraj,  also  suggest  that  you  remove  water  nearly  100%,  that  is  there  is  no  water  left  to  splash  around,  also  this  is  easier  if  your  moving  from  ground  floor  to  ground  floor.
 I  had  to  move  from  2nd  Floor  to  3rd  Floor  ,  1.5  months  ago,  one  3  footer  i  stripped  down  completely  and  the  ADA  Cube  i  had  to  keep  10  %  water  as  i  had  baby  cherry  shrimps  in  them  and  the  whole  tank  was  destroyed  in  the  movement  (2  KM)  because  the  water  just  kept  splashing  around.
                 

 
 Thanks  Seetharam.  The  move  will  be  from  a  ground  floor  to  ground  floor.  But  the  roads  are  bad  and  you  suggested  the  water  is  very  likely  to  slosh  around.
 
 
                                                 
bmukh  wrote  (View  Post):                

 I  think  stripping  the  tank  fully  is  the  best  and  only  option  if  it  is  a  planted  tank.  even  if  you  remove  all  the  water  and  just  want  to  tranport  the  tank  with  the  gravels,  rocks  and  plants  in  it,  you  will  do  more  harm.  it  is  impossible  to  keep  the  gravel/substrate  from  sliding  as  you  carry  it.  All  the  plants  that  have  roots  will  get  affected  that  way.  Which  would  mean  transport  them  without  the  plants.  in  that  case,  emptying  the  substrate  and  gravel  in  another  bucket  is  the  best.  Because  now  when  you  set  it  up  again,  you  will  know  exactly  the  thickness  of  substrate,gravel  etc.  Just  speaking  from  experience--a  terrible  one!
 Bappa
                 

 
 Thank  You  Bappa
 In  my  case  I  am  sure  to  have  a  royal  mess  since  I  have  a  laterite  +  sand  set  up.  If  they  mix  together  and  the  laterite  comes  up  the  cories  can  tracked  by  the  dust  cloud  that  they  set  up  Smile

 
 Mayur  had  mentioned  in  an  earlier  post  that  tanks  can  be  shifted  without  stripping  them.  I  hope  that  he  will  also  provide  inputs.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:24 am Post subject: Re: Shifting house with a planted Tank Confused Reply with quote

                                                   
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 In  my  case  I  am  sure  to  have  a  royal  mess  since  I  have  a  laterite  +  sand  set  up.                  

 
 Aaah.
 Welcome  to  the  club  !  Smile
 Allthough  I  havent  shifted  a  tank,  I  do  have  stripped  down  my  planted  tank  with  quartz  and  laterite.
 you  might  want  to  refer  to  this  thread
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=9927
 
 In  case  you  plan  to  setup  a  tank  with  laterite  base  again,  please  do  consider  using  a  shallow  tray  for  the  laterite  .  The  tray's  dimensions  should  be  such  that  there  should  be  a  margin  of  at  least  1  inch  between  the  tray  and  glass  on  all  sides.  
 This  will  make  it  less  messy  if  you  decide  to  strip  the  tank  again.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:12 am Post subject: Re: Shifting house with a planted Tank Confused Reply with quote

 Thanks  Rohan
 I  went  thorough  the  details  on  your  thread.
 Looks  like  I  will  have  to  strip  the  tank  down.  I  am  worried  about  handling  so  many  fishes  in  buckets  for  the  duration  that  I  will  take  to  set  up  the  tank  again  
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