Safely moving a tank?

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  1. Tiano

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    Hi all, I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice on moving a stocked tank? I'm getting my room retiled and therfore have to move my 100L ±3mm thick glass aquarium out of my room and then back in after. I'm also upgrading from the unsightly steel stand to a wooden one with cupboards for all my fish keeping equipment. Am I going to have to completely drain the water or can I get away with a partial drain? If anyone has some useful tips they will be much appreciated! efbaafcd8f83712c739b36a043ae9477.jpg
     
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    Do a complete drain, as far as possible. Too much water and it may crack the bottom as you move it which wouldn't help!
     
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    Agreed, it shouldn't be too much of a hassle on a small tank, drain as much water as possible into temp buckets, move tank and refill. your plants wont even know it happened :p
     
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    I agree.. empty as much as possible into buckets and then refill.

    I once moved a little 2ft with about 10cm of water in and my base gave in by the seams
     
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    On a different note you really should take the bacopa out the pot. Also that looks like quite an epic filter. Initially I thought the tank was smaller due to the filter in comparison until I read you post about the tank being 100 L
     
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    Thanks for the advice guys I really appreciate it
     
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    I've been meaning to plant the bacopa I've just been putting it off. As for the filter the angle of the photo makes it look bigger than it is but it is overkill (although you can never have too much filtration) for the tank size. I think its rated for 200-400L.
     
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    If you have no fish etc then drain all the water - yes even clear an area. Then move the tank and place wet news paper over the entire planted tank. It should be good like that for a day or two (make sure the news paper never dries out) then once it is all tiled and you have relocated the tank on its new stand fill and recycle with a clean HOB ( substrate should still have more than enough bacteria ).

    If you have livestock try and move them to a smaller tank with your current water and maybe filter - then as above.

    Later Ferdie
     
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    Update: I followed your advice and did a full drain. I kept my fish and plants in a plastic storage bin with my heater and filter until it was time to move them back. After I moved it back I just replanted everything. I only lost 1 shrimp in the entire week long process. On a side note, about a week after I got my tank up and running again I noticed a white growth on some of my plants. It doesn't appear to be harming my fish but none the less I don't want it in my tank. Any ID or advice? f2ad52d00ac48a54e780f7a928fe2e39.jpga11597c3e79c942fe0d1a0b243592e49.jpge784107415a4f6d56d15b2d3757e09a3.jpg39225f1dc2f9640834c679471cdea3f3.jpg
     
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    Is it like a snotty guwi substance?
     
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    I haven't thought about touching it it looks almost solid because it's so dense and it's semi transparent. When I get home today I'll touch it and tell you if it's slimy
     
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    Glad the move went well @Tiano
     
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    I usually get that stuff while cycling a tank, get it on drift wood and ornaments..
    did you reuse the water you had originally or was it a 100% water change?
    It will disappear with time. if it is the same stuff im talking about~!
     
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    I used as much of the old water as I could. It ended up being about 75-25 old to new. It's had this growth for about 2-3 weeks.
     
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    any algae eaters in the tank?
    mine did not last that long, hopefully its not some type of fungus.. I google and there is much about this...
     
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    I've got a few red cherry shrimp and two Otos. It looks like the shrimp eat it but the Otos won't touch it.
     
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    if your shrimp and ottos are not chowing it then it probably something dodgy.
    are all your plants affected or if it specific ones? can you not maybe pull those and treat them in another tank?
     
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    It's on the majority of the plants and I don't have an extra tank so that's out of the question. Like I said before the shrimp do eat it so I'm don't think it's dodgy.
     
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    If you can keep up the WC's and see if you can suck some of it off while you are doing the WC. It is probably a fungus of sorts, many of these tend to die off when what ever triggered it is not in the water column anymore.

    Later Ferdie
     
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