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Cross-country Move With Fish In Tow


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Ave everyone, (Latin for "Hello, everyone)

I've decided yesterday that I could be possibly moving halfway across the country in the near future, and I want to take all of my small critters and equipment with me. I currently have 4 goldfish, 2 bamboo shrimp, 1 betta, and three small firebellied toads. As for equipment, I have 10 and 55 gallon fish setups, as well as a 20g toad habitat. I don't want to sell or give any of my lil' guys away, as I'm rather attached to them, but I do worry about their comfort and well-being.

A few details about the move itself. The drive would be no less than 20 hours, probably in a rented truck/van through the mountainous west. I obviously would have to empty the tanks completely, and make sure that they're well-cushioned and protected, but what about the animals? I'm thinking some small rubbermaid containers with holes in the lid for the toads, but for the fish, I'm not sure. I've never ordered a fish online or anything for delivery, so I'm not sure how they're packed for it.

Has anyone else managed it succesfully? Anddid you store some wet filter media or anything to preserve the cycle? Thanks, and Vale (Latin for "goodbye"), Cody

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Do you know, I was thinking of the same thing last night. I remember when we moved one time I held a ten gallon tank (FULL) in my lap, it had one fantail in it...and by the time we got to the new house I was soaking wet. So I would totally agree with draining the water out of the tank and carrying the fish seperate.

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Maybe you should put it in a bag or something, Big enough for air. I think they can survive in the bag for atleast 24 hours. Then put it in a box with cusion and everything so it would be smooth for the goldfish. and it wont shake as much as well. I suggest carry some more of your tank water so when you get to your new place, you can set up temporarily tanks right away and let the goldfishes or fishes into the water so they wont suffocate. Ad for all yoru equipment, you can wrap them up in paper and then put them in a carboard boxes, for the tank, you can tie them like onto one of your bed matress and make sure it wont slide and break and also it wont be so rough on it. or put it in a carboard box with foam. I dont know maybe someone else will have better idea lol

Do you know, I was thinking of the same thing last night. I remember when we moved one time I held a ten gallon tank (FULL) in my lap, it had one fantail in it...and by the time we got to the new house I was soaking wet. So I would totally agree with draining the water out of the tank and carrying the fish seperate.

aww hahahaa that is kinda funny.

Maybe you should put it in a bag or something, Big enough for air. I think they can survive in the bag for atleast 24 hours. Then put it in a box with cusion and everything so it would be smooth for the goldfish. and it wont shake as much as well.

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I've seen a thread somewhere on here about moving tips...I'd put the link if I could remember where it was... hehe. Anyway, let us know how the move goes... I'll be making a similar move (even farther, mine will be from east to west coast!) this coming summer and would like to hear about other people's experiences. Good luck!

oh hey, just noticed your location ThRtst, I'll be moving there! Well, close by there, around Olympia... any good LFS's that you recommend?

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Ave, Everyone

Thanks for your tips thus far. I've found a lot of information on the www, but any personal advice is greatly appreciated. I'm going to attempt to make the 24 something hour drive in one stretch since time is very important. I'm going through the rocky mountains back to Colorado where I used to live, as I've been in Washington for the past few years for school. This drive can be tough, lots of open interstate through high wind areas, and the mountains of course.

Okay, here's the gameplan: I'm going to quit feeding my fish for 2 days beforehand, put them all into a small barebottom tank, and tear down and pack up the larger tank. I'm going to save my wet gravel and cycled filter media in a rubbermaid. I don't need to worry about water too much, since I'll be going to good clean natural well water. I'm going to try and get my hands on some Kordon breathable bags, too. On the day of, I'll pack one fish or invert per bag, (the plants will all go in one bag) and wrap it in newspaper to detect leaks. I'll put all of the bags into a styrofoam cooler, and put that into a cardboard box to ride up in the cab of the truck. I don't want to put the fish in buckets or plastic coolers, since I don't want them to get thrown violently against the sides due to abrupt changes in speed (I'm especially concerned with my telescope's eyes). Then I'll drain the small tank and pack that up quickly. My toads I think, can go in a critter keeper with some substrate and frequent misting, and that'll be it. When I finally get to where I'm going, I'll fill up the small tank again, and acclimate the fish while I set up my 55, and there I go.

Any comments are greatly appreciated.

I've seen a thread somewhere on here about moving tips...I'd put the link if I could remember where it was... hehe. Anyway, let us know how the move goes... I'll be making a similar move (even farther, mine will be from east to west coast!) this coming summer and would like to hear about other people's experiences. Good luck!

oh hey, just noticed your location ThRtst, I'll be moving there! Well, close by there, around Olympia... any good LFS's that you recommend?

*whistles in shock and amazement* Wow, pumpkinPatch, that's a drive, I hope you'll be sharing wheel time.

Oly's not too far from where I'm at right now, about a 30 minute drive. I'm not too familiar with what's down there, and I haven't been to too many places around. Aside from your national chains, there's a goldfish and koi farm somewhere near Bonney Lake I want to say, though I haven't been there. Most of the "indie" shops around don't focus too much on goldies, more on tropical and marine (cichlids :P ). I highly highly highly recommend Liam's Fish and Bird Shop in the International District in Seattle. Every time I go in there, I keep thinking that I'm going to be escorted into a back room and shown a Mogwai. Despite the rather "unique" appearance (some might say dingy, dark and cluttered) of the shop the fish are beautiful and healthy, and there's a great selection of high quality goldies. The 2 hour drive from Olympia is WORTH IT!

By the way pumpkinPatch, I recommend that you take the drive through Washington up I-90. You'll go through wine country, and then meet sheer amazement when you hit the mountains. Those sharp peaks and dense green forests are breathtaking, and not to be missed.

Thanks, and Vale, Cody

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