How to move house with tropical fish

Posted on Tue 07 Aug 2018 by Rachel McCosker
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Moving day is fast approaching, your belongings are packed, but what about your tropical fish? It may seem daunting having to moving them, however with our guide we will make it that bit easier.

Remember the day before you move, do not feed your fish!

Here’s a guide of how to move your fish easily and safely:

  • Temporarily move them 

On the day of the move it’s difficult to move the fish the same day. It’s best if you can move them the day before, to a friend or relatives for a few days whilst you get moved in. If you are moving and the chain is quite long, you may be waiting a long time to get into the property. This will be a added stress to you and your fish having to wait around!

  • Use breathable bags

Once you are ready to move them in your new home, it’s time to get the fish ready for transport. Ask your pet shop for the bags that they use to transport fish. These are great for moving house and will keep the fish safe and secured. Once bagged, you will need to leave air at the top and place the bags upright in a holder so they can be transported safely. Make sure you use rubber bands to ensure water can’t leak!

  • Keep the tank water

It’s important to save the tank water because when you arrive at your new home, you will need to set the tank back up as soon as possible. The water contains all the friendly bacteria that the tank needs to keep the fish healthy. Transport the water in a water tight container, to prevent any leaks in the van.

  • Set the tank back up

Find the right place to set your tank back up, it needs to be out of direct sunlight. Start by adding the gravel into the tank, the ornaments and then the saved tank water. Place the heater, filter and air pump back in and switch everything on. Wait 30 minutes for the temperature to rise. Place the bags on top of the water to acclimatise and then release the fish into the tank. It’s important to keep the light off and not to feed them till later on in the day. Make sure you test the water to make sure the water is safe.