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    Senior Member bebitte70's Avatar
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    Easiest way to move tank

    I would like to move my tank by only 4 feet in front because we will be laying tiles there. It's a 55G without sump. I was thinking of draining most of the water, leaving around 6 inches for the fish to swim, move it and put the water back in asap. I'm worried that the fish or corals (LPS and softies) might die. Any comments?
    55G CSS 3004, 2 Seio 620, 220WT5HO lighting, Yellow tang, yellow tail damsel, 2 clownfish, 1 shrimp, pulsing, soft corals.

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    remove as much water for sure..
    keep your fish in buckets and same as LR and corals.. they should do just fine.
    we keep LR in buckets for hours, when bringing them home from the store sometimes and its fine.. we ship fish accross the world.. they should take 1h or 2 no prob.. make sure there is no drop in temp or air..and you should be fine.. so possibly think heaters and powerheads.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    updated: 2011/05/30

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    I was hoping to not remove the fish, corals and rocks if possible. If I can just slide the stand and refill it back. It should take around 30mins, I hope. Corals can stay that long in the air without being affected? Thanks for the quick reply.
    55G CSS 3004, 2 Seio 620, 220WT5HO lighting, Yellow tang, yellow tail damsel, 2 clownfish, 1 shrimp, pulsing, soft corals.

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    yikes..
    I personally wouldn't do it.
    some corals can last hours with no water, others seconds/minutes and they are toast. keeping the LR with no water may cause some bacteria to die, possibly starting a new cycle or producing some cyano in the days/weeks after you do that.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Quote Originally Posted by liv View Post
    I personally wouldn't do it.
    I've moved marine aquariums many times and I agree with Liv. You should remove as much water as possible (what is left will get very dirty as the water drains out of your live rock bringing crud with it but my experience is that the fish can take it.) I would move the corals to a bucket and reduce the height of your aquascaping. If a piece of live rock falls agains the glass or onto the bottom and breaks your tank you're going to be toast.

    I have never tried to cut corners moving my tanks whether moving them 500 km or 5 feet. If you have a disaster you have a disaster. Better safe than sorry.

    The temperature of water in a bucket will fall very quickly. I almost lost my fish when I didn't put a heater in the bucket they were waiting in.

    Be careful and be thorough.

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    good advice :b15:

    when you move the tank, move the tank and stand together. even the weight of the wet sand and a few inches of water could do some damage to the silicon if the tank isn't fully supported.

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    Thanks guys for your responses. I'm gonna play it safe.
    55G CSS 3004, 2 Seio 620, 220WT5HO lighting, Yellow tang, yellow tail damsel, 2 clownfish, 1 shrimp, pulsing, soft corals.

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    good luck,
    be gentle pulling the stand, possibly put a rag or thick cloth under the legs may help alot.. and save your floor he he

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    The easiest to move the tank back when you are done is to upgrade :b15: That nice new, freshly renovated area will deserve a nice brand new bigger tank.
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    ahhh soo true!
    thats exactly what i'm doing he he..

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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