Moving to a new tank soon

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The time is getting closer now for my oscar to move to the new tank. Its a long drive though ( 3 and a half hours) just wondering if anyone has any tips on transportation. Thanks
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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:Moving to a new tank soon

Should be fine indrove 2.5 hrs with an oscar in a leaky bag. How big is your oscar ? If hes too big for a bag maybe get a battery powered air pump and a big bucket. If he fits in a bag just make sure its really secure and has lots of air.
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mikestike replied the topic: Re:Moving to a new tank soon

Hes big. 20 to 25 cm
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mikestike replied the topic: Re:Moving to a new tank soon

Or she, i should say
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DBLN8 replied the topic: Moving to a new tank soon

8" - 10"? put him in a 5 gallon bucket with a secure lid with a small hole for a battery powered air pump line. Don't feed him for a day or two before the road trip.
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robham7770 replied the topic: Re:Moving to a new tank soon

I would go to the lfs, and get 3 of their large fish bags, and some rubber bands. Fill the first bag 1/2 to 3/4 full of water from the tank. Place the fish in the bag, and use an air pump to inflate it while sealing the top as best you can. Once you have a balloon effect in the bag, band off the top. Take the second bag and slide it over the first in the opposite direction, then take the third bag and put the combo into it. Then place the bag into a cooler for transport. This is how fish get to the US from SA and CA, and all will be fine. I shipped fish like this from Al to Wa which got lost, and even after 3 weeks some survived.
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robham7770 replied the topic: Moving to a new tank soon

DBLN8 wrote: 8" - 10"? put him in a 5 gallon bucket with a secure lid with a small hole for a battery powered air pump line. Don't feed him for a day or two before the road trip.

Good point on the feeding, waste will definitely be a problem in a shipping situation. You would definitely want the fish to have metabolized all food before placing it in such little water.
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toom replied the topic: Moving to a new tank soon



This boxes can be ordered online for an small price but they are worth it. For bags, ask in your LFS for transportation bags for kois. They are not just bigger as usual but also made of an thicker material and at best you do 2 or 3 at once.

I also do not close bags with an rubber band with fishes on this size, i melt them airtight. For the bags at best 1/3 water and 2/3 air.

You can also drop some active carbon in the bag.

For transportation, the best thing is to make it as dark as possible.
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robham7770 replied the topic: Moving to a new tank soon

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This boxes can be ordered online for an small price but they are worth it. For bags, ask in your LFS for transportation bags for kois. They are not just bigger as usual but also made of an thicker material and at best you do 2 or 3 at once.

I also do not close bags with an rubber band with fishes on this size, i melt them airtight. For the bags at best 1/3 water and 2/3 air.

You can also drop some active carbon in the bag.

For transportation, the best thing is to make it as dark as possible.

I am all in favor of doing things the right way, but this is a 3hr trip to a new location, not a trip to another continent. I would rather use the bags than a sloshing 5 gal bucket, but would probably stop short of ordering a special box. If you know the delivery dates@ your lfs you can probably get what toom described for free. Mine does not reuse them and sells them for a couple of dollars.
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UNC-CH replied the topic: Moving to a new tank soon

This video includes moving the tank and how to keep bacteria alive, but also has a good section on different ways to transport fish. I'd feel safest with an insulated box (like in Toom's reply) or a cooler with large plastic bags inside.

How to: Moving Aquariums and Transporting Fish:
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