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Old 07-12-2019, 03:51 PM
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Ok so I might be moving to Kelowna in a few months. Wife is in the running for a job there. We have our what if scenarios planned for everything but the reef tank.


Tank is 75 gallons with a 20 gallon sump. A few corals, mostly frags, 2 clown fish, royal gramma, yellow tang, urchin and a small assortment of snails and hermits.


When I moved to the place I am currently living in I had a 65 gallon freshwater tank and that move was pretty much a day. And that was from Richmond to Coquitlam.


What are my options of moving the tank 5 ish hours on winding roads where the entire move will probably have to be done in one day?
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:24 PM
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That sounds like quite the task but so glad that you’re sticking with it.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:47 PM
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I'm kind of leaning to trying to find someone to take the fish and the corals for a week or two, move, set the tank up have it all ready and come back to pick the fish and coral up on a different day. I think that would be easier than doing it all at once.
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Long distance moves are very difficult. I did it 30 years ago when I moved from Vancouver to Penticton and moved it back 2 years later. Wasn't dealing with corals back then.

Basically I set up a new tank in Penticton, moved some of the rock and sand one week. Came back and moved all the fish the following week. Took down the old tank. Then re-set up the old tank in my new place, then transferred the fish, rock and dismantled the extra tank. You almost need a complete other setup to make this method work.

Not fun at all, I was young and foolish. The biggest problem is it is not just a fish tank you have to move but all your belongings as well. Way too stressful. If I had to do it again I might just sell everything alive and start again.
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:40 AM
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Long distance moves are very difficult. I did it 30 years ago when I moved from Vancouver to Penticton and moved it back 2 years later. Wasn't dealing with corals back then.



Basically I set up a new tank in Penticton, moved some of the rock and sand one week. Came back and moved all the fish the following week. Took down the old tank. Then re-set up the old tank in my new place, then transferred the fish, rock and dismantled the extra tank. You almost need a complete other setup to make this method work.



Not fun at all, I was young and foolish. The biggest problem is it is not just a fish tank you have to move but all your belongings as well. Way too stressful. If I had to do it again I might just sell everything alive and start again.
I'm really hoping to not start again. Especially since I'm getting some growth from the corals again. But I realize that starting over would probably be the easiest approach.

I have a 10 gallon tank I use as a quarantine that I could use as a temp thing, but that wouldn't be great for the tang...

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For short periods large brute containers with some live rock and small power heads/ airstones work well. It also reduces stress on the fish because they can't see out.

When I moved my large reef tank (mostly softies) from Surrey to Burnaby 20 years ago. I kept everything in large garbage cans and rubber made totes. I had about 15 of them around the room on the floor. Unfortunately it took me over a month to set my 240 gallon back up (busy refinishing the floors and painting the new house) I lost half of the fish and corals. By time I got everything re-set up and running I got a major algae outbreak and eventually shut down that reef tank and made it a fish only tank for 15 years until the plexiglass tank started to crack and I shut it down.
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Old 07-14-2019, 10:51 PM
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For short periods large brute containers with some live rock and small power heads/ airstones work well. It also reduces stress on the fish because they can't see out.

When I moved my large reef tank (mostly softies) from Surrey to Burnaby 20 years ago. I kept everything in large garbage cans and rubber made totes. I had about 15 of them around the room on the floor. Unfortunately it took me over a month to set my 240 gallon back up (busy refinishing the floors and painting the new house) I lost half of the fish and corals. By time I got everything re-set up and running I got a major algae outbreak and eventually shut down that reef tank and made it a fish only tank for 15 years until the plexiglass tank started to crack and I shut it down.
I have 4 fish and a bunch of coral frags. Wouldn't take me months to set the tank up again. Probably just a week or two.

I guess corals and fish could be transported up in them and then be fine in them for a week or two while I get the tank up and running again
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