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    Tank Move Plan : Input Needed

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    calistyle

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    Tank Move Plan : Input Needed

    Post by calistyle on Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:29 pm

    My tank is 1 year old this week and I'll be moving it this weekend. I've done some reading and came up with this plan of attack. I'd love to hear thoughts and opinions on my process.


    34G Solana Tank Move

    On final water change before move, blow off rocks for any loose debris and siphon out during water change.

    Supplies:

    • 5 – 5 Gallon buckets w/ egg crate at bottom, lids for top
    • 3 – 5 Gallon jugs of new salt water
    • 2 – Air pumps w/ hose and air stones
    • 2 – Heaters
    • Shims / Level
    • Prodibio Bio Digest & Prodibio STOP Ammo (to help control any ammonia/nitrate spike)

    Plan:

    Prior to Breakdown:
    • Box up and supplies and un-used equipment in advance

    Breakdown:
    • Unplug and remove all equipment from aquarium
    • Siphon 3 gallons of water at a time into 5 gallon buckets. As rock is exposed transfer to buckets (leaving corals attached), carefully placing on egg crate to keep from moving around
    • Carefully remove fish using clear cups to a bucket with 3G of tank water and insert air stone
    • Leave sand bed (30-35 lbs.), base rock (15-20 lbs.), and about 1 inch of water in tank

    Once rock, coral, fish are secure in buckets:
    • Transfer tank from stand to moving stand (custom build one w/ wheels, same height)
    • Move the tank on the moving stand to truck
    • Carefully move from moving stand to 2x4’s in back of SUV. Secure
    • Have car running at 77 degrees
    • Bring out buckets and secure in SUV
    • Drive to new eco-stadium (house) very carefully, minding turns and proper route

    Once at new location:
    • First unload buckets of livestock into controlled temperature house and use heaters if temperature has dropped below 75 degrees.
    • Setup stand in new location, verify tank is level (If not, use shims)
    • Add 5G-10G of new salt water (due to loss of water)
    • Test for leaks
    • Stack rock back in place, adding old tank water as needed
    • Setup equipment (pumps, skimmer, media)
    • Use Prodibio Bio Digest & Prodibio STOP Ammo (if needed)
    • Add fish and remaining 3G of tank water
    • Monitor parameters
    • Perform a system check on equipment

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    sisterlimonpot
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    Re: Tank Move Plan : Input Needed

    Post by sisterlimonpot on Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:40 pm

    sounds like you are prepared for this. question:
    how far are you going?
    hoe deep is the sand in your tank?


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    Re: Tank Move Plan : Input Needed

    Post by dwolson2 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:57 pm

    plan for a few water changes within the first few days. Maybe a few 5% water changes within the week.


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    calistyle

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    Re: Tank Move Plan : Input Needed

    Post by calistyle on Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:30 pm

    I'm going about 7 miles away (Simi to Simi). Sand bed is around 1 - 1.5 inches.

    I will have around 10-15G of salt water ready to use from time of move, so I'll monitor parameters are do 5% as often as needed to get this in check.

    Thanks for reply guys.
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    Re: Tank Move Plan : Input Needed

    Post by sisterlimonpot on Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:20 am

    7 miles isn't far. I think that with your plan you're more than prepared. you are going to have a high success rate.


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    Re: Tank Move Plan : Input Needed

    Post by calistyle on Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:05 pm

    Pre Move:


    Post Move:


    Still going to move some things around, but overall a great success.
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    Re: Tank Move Plan : Input Needed

    Post by sisterlimonpot on Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:19 am

    good job, I'm glad you were successful.


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