How to Move With Fish

fish tank during the nightFish make excellent pets, and many of our finned friends become a part of the family. So when the family moves from one home to another, it can be unthinkable to leave the fish behind. If you are relocating for job, family, or school, you can take your fish with you! Just follow a few wise tips from Best to keep your fish safe and happy.



Prepare Well

Your fish should not be fed for 24 hours before the move, to reduce excess waste in their traveling containers. If possible, your aquarium should be moved separately from other pets and household goods or belongings.


Use the Right Container

The best container for moving fish a Styrofoam box, found at a local fish store. These boxes are well insulated to protect your fish from sudden temperature changes. Use a plastic interior bag in case the styrofoam is damaged in the move. Make sure to leave plenty of air in the bag when sealing it. Oxygen is essential for your fish! Your container should be no more than 2/3 full of water, to allow air replenishment.


Collect Clean Aquarium Water

The aquarium water should be collected for your travel containers just before the fish are caught and before the gravel is disturbed, in order to keep the water as clean as possible.


Carry Fish in a Temperature Controlled Area of the Vehicle

The vehicle’s cabin is ideal for transporting fish, and they should never be placed in the truck of a car. Cover your fish’s containers with blankets to further regulate the temperature. Don’t check on the fish too often, this will only frighten them and won’t allow them to relax and settle into their new environment.


Ease Fish Into the New Location

Once you reach your new location, properly set up your aquarium in its permanent spot. Add gravel and fishless water, and a few decorations. Add a few fish to the tank at a time, watching carefully for signs of shock or panic. After all the fish have been transferred to the tank, top it off with water and cover it carefully. Fish should not be fed for 24 hours after the move is complete. After the waiting period, begin by feeding them small portions until their full appetite returns. Continue monitoring fish for about a week. 

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