MOVING /TIPS/SUGJESTIONS ?

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  1. yellowviper

    yellowviper Astrea Snail

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    I will be moving my 55 gallon reef to my new home in about a month i need all the info i can get to get all my live stock to the new house and alive safe. please help
     
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  3. Malachi

    Malachi Sea Dragon

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    How far is the new home?
     
  4. JOER0178

    JOER0178 Peppermint Shrimp

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    if its a short move some LFS will do it for you the one by me will move your tank.  It may be a little pricey I dont know, but if it saves livestock maybe its worth it?
     
  5. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Re: MOVING /TIPS/SUGGESTIONS ?

    To do it yourself isn't that hard.
    Put all LR in a bucket with tank water, a heater, and a power head
    Put all corals into containers with heater, power head and tank water
    Place all fish in container with tank water, heater, and Power head.
    I would suggest cleaning your sand bed. But would love to hear if anyone has a better idea about the DSB.
    Try to keep as much tank water as possible.
    Move to the new location and put sand water and LR. You will prob need to wait a day for the water to clear. Run filter floss to clear the water quicker.
    once water is clear place LR the way you want it and replace live stock.

    That the best I have done. The tricky part is the Sand bed.

    J
     
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    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    One last thing. Make sure you remember any little set up or operational problems that had bugged you that you could not fix with the tank full. Correct them during the move.
     
  7. Land_Fish

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    Containers with lids and handles so you can lift them with help from another person would be nice. Ask LFS if they have such containers and if can borrow them to move with.
     
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  9. Phil5613

    Phil5613 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Ok now that I am back doing this for a living here are
    some tips:
    Make up about 25 gallons of saltwater ahead of time (let's it mix well)
    Home depot has 20 gal tubs for less then $3 each, for your 55 get 3 or 4 depending how big sump is.
    Cut off all filters and heaters before starting to drain tank.
    Drain tank about 1/4 of way into one tub start removing some rock and corals ( I mix rock and corals for short trips separate for long ones).
    I use battery powered air pumps for circulation and don't use powerheads for short trips.
    If trip is hour or less no need to heat. Just keep houses warm and transport in warm vehicle.
    Finish draining tank and remove rest of rock. catch fish and critters.
    If trip is less then an hour leave sand in tank with just enough water to cover it.
    Buddy lift and carry 55 tank.
    carry stand filters and etc...

    setting up
    place stand and equipment
    place tank
    Place live rock
    start to fill tank add rest of live rock and coral
    hook up filters
    top off tanks
    Fire up heaters and filters
    wait for tank to clear a bit
    add fish and critters when cleared.

    I just moved a 55 like this last week with no deaths and very little clouding. The tubs sat in 40 degree weather in back of Blazer fro 4 1/2 hours. Temp dropped 4 degrees still no deaths.
     
  10. yellowviper

    yellowviper Astrea Snail

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    thanks for all the tips i think it will be a easy move wiht all the help
     
  11. yellowviper

    yellowviper Astrea Snail

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    its olnly a 30 min trip
    on the 1st of april
     
  12. yellowviper

    yellowviper Astrea Snail

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    move went pretty good considering i lost one clown is all my dwarf lion is hiding alot but im sure its stress no corals lost either thx for help evryone