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How To Move An Aquarium

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Moving A Large Aquarium Can Be Made Easy

Are you moving an aquarium? Are you concerned about the well being of your fishy friends? The expert removalist team at WridgWays has you covered.

To help you move your aquarium as quickly and safely as possible, we’ve put together the following guide. With the right preparation, planning, and execution, it should all go swimmingly.

WridgWays are the removal experts for those moving locally, interstate, or even overseas. Get in contact online to organise a quick, free quote.

How big and elaborate is your aquarium? 

girl looking at small aquarium

Moving a tiny fishbowl to a new house down the street isn’t too hard. You can just pick it up, pop it on your lap, and have somebody slowly and carefully drive you to the new address. But moving a big and elaborate aquarium is an entirely different matter.

You’re not just transporting a few litres of water—you’re dealing with a delicate eco system. You’ll need to prepare. It might seem overwhelming, but follow these steps and you should keep your head above water.

1) Prepare your aquarium, and its contents, for the move 

Depending on how far you’re moving, and how long it will take to move the aquarium, you will have to prepare differently.

  • If you’re keeping the same things in the tank as before, you should retain as much water as you can. This will establish biological and chemical continuity, making life easier for the tank’s living contents.
  • If a fish is small enough, it can be transported in a fish bag. Don’t forget to double bag in case you spring a leak.
  • Transport larger fish in bigger containers, like buckets.
  • Moving interstate or overseas over a long period of time? It might be easiest to find a new home for your aquatic pets and buy some more when you settle in at a new location.
  • Alternately, touch base with a local fish store. They might be able to board your fish for a time, and ship them over to you when you have the aquarium set up again.

If you have any further questions or concerns about moving or storing the contents of your aquarium, reach out to a local pet store and get their thoughts. 

2) Move the aquarium and its contents

There are several things to keep in mind when moving the aquarium’s contents.

  • If you have a heater in your aquarium, be careful with how you handle it. Make sure it has been turned off, and has had the opportunity to cool down, before you try touching it.
  • Keep biological material (like coral) wet.
  • Before you move them, carefully inspect all of the decorative items and plants for little fish that might be hiding there.
  • Protect all your marine life by keeping it out of direct sunlight and excessive heat during the move.

There’s also the matter of the aquarium itself. It’s a fragile item, so it should be wrapped in protective material. Then, there should be items placed around it in the moving vehicle so that it doesn’t shift around during transport. 

Warning: You should never transport an aquarium if it has something inside. The weight of gravel, or the sloshing of water, is likely to damage the aquarium. It might impact the panels, or loosen some of the seals. Either way, it’s trouble. Make sure the aquarium is totally empty before you move it.

Proper packing and transport is essential. To avert potential disaster, it’s a good idea to enlist professional help. WridgWays have organised countless removal jobs, and are masters of packing and unpacking.

3) Set up the aquarium in a new location

new aquarium

Pick out a new location for your aquarium, and carefully lower it into position. It’s very important that it is stable and level. From there, the process of re-filling the aquarium will be similar to the process when you first filled it up, with a few changes.

  • Remember to be gentle with your fish, and go a few hours without turning their light on so they can slowly adjust to the move.
  • Don’t feed them for about a day after the move. They’ll likely refuse food for a while, but this isn’t a problem. Quite soon, everything will be back to normal.

If you’re ready to book professional movers to help you move your aquarium, drop us a line and get in contact with WridgWays online for a free quote.