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04 Oct 2007 15:01 #1 by mc3200 (Michael Carey)
Hi lads & Ladys, Can you tell me would corals survive a house move? What i mean is i would have to empty the tank completely except for rock and substate (maybe 180kg), i would get a couple of mates to help lifting. Do coral attach them selfs to rock? Do anamones attach to rock? Would i be best not keeping coral or anamones til i move?

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04 Oct 2007 22:56 #2 by Acara (Dave Walters)
I dont know anything about the corals,but I would certainly NOT attempt to lift the tank with rocks and/or substrate in it.I think you would be inviting disaster there.

always on the lookout for interesting corys.pm me if you know off any!

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05 Oct 2007 09:08 #3 by Didihno (Didihno)
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You have an interesting time ahead of you!
I recently moved (March) and had to shift only a 240L tank, that was hassle!

I'm sure the marine keepers here can help.

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05 Oct 2007 09:58 #4 by apistodiscus (apistodiscus)
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Never, ever move a tank with any rock or substrate in it. The bottom pane is likely to break without the support of the cabinet. A lose rock banging against a side panel will aslo break it.
You are better off moving rocks with corals and all into containers and move the empty tank. 180kg is heavy enough to lift even with a couple of your mates over any distnace. Realistically you can use four people to carry a tank. That would make 45kg (I hope your mates have been to the gym)a person and glas is slippery.
Empty the tank completely if you still want to have it in one piece in the new house

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05 Oct 2007 10:39 #5 by Anthony (Anthony)
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Don`t put any Corals in your tank till you move. I am in the same boat, my tank looks bare and a bit crappy.:unsure:

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05 Oct 2007 12:21 #6 by darragh (Darragh Sherwin)
Although moving a marine tank is going to be more involved, I have successfully moved my little Juwel Reckord 70 twice without any issues.
To do this, I got a few fish boxes with the large bags that come with the boxes from a local fish shop and filled the bags with as much water as possible from the tank (usually around 50%).
I put all the filters and heaters into a bag full of water to keep the filter media and put this in a fish box.
All fish were put in the big bags as well and I put all my bogwood and rocks and anything that could damage the tank in another bag and put it in a fish box
All bags were put in their boxes and I moved the tank along with boxes as quickly as possible to their new home.

On setting up the tank in it's new home, I put all filters, heaters, bogwood and rocks in first and put all the water from the bags into the tank leaving the fish until last. I did only 1 fish box at a time, acclimatising them each time to the temperature. When I was done, I was left with a 50% full tank, so it was just like a normal water change for the fish

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05 Oct 2007 13:25 #7 by mc3200 (Michael Carey)
Thank for the advice lads, it sounds like it will be fun :(

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05 Oct 2007 13:44 #8 by Didihno (Didihno)
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An alternate to the fish bags above would be a bucket or other plastic clean container.
I succesfully moved my fish stock in one large ballygowan comtainer, no losses, little stress.

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05 Oct 2007 15:46 #9 by apistodiscus (apistodiscus)
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styrofoam boxes, especially for the corals. Most LFSs will give them to you for free

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05 Oct 2007 21:16 #10 by kieronr (kieronr)
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I'd be inclined to wait,why give yourself the extra stress of a house move on top of making sure everything goes to plan with your corals.I did it myself a couple of years ago and it takes a certain amount of forward planning.Certain corals will attach to the rockwork,others will need to be attached for best results.If you add an annemone to your set up,normally it will settle in a place that suits it's requirements like flow,lighting etc.You could possibly damage it by moving unless you can remove it's rock or what its attached to as well.Hope this helps !

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05 Oct 2007 23:04 #11 by lampeye (lampeye)
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hi mc3200 ,
i moved a marine tank (only corals were mushrooms) in march. it is a bit stressfull (for you more than the fish!)
i did it the following way:

i bought 3 new plastic storage containers (prob about 60 or 70 litres in volume for the rock and sand. i removed all the liverock and added the tanks water, which fit in two of the containers (use a trolly they are heavy) keeping the rock submerged.

then i emptied most of the remaing water into 20 litre drums (10-15 euro in camping shops). then i caught and bagged the fish and placed them in a poly box to retain the heat.

then i took out the sand (which will be live) and put it one of the 3 storage containers, added enough water to make it submerged also. this will avoid any die off of the substrate leading to an amonia spike)

then got the last water out of the tank and did the same in reverse when i got to my new place. the storage containers are very handy as you can add the fish to the ones containing the live rock (add a heater and a powerhead) while you are filling the tank back up etc.

also id reccommend if possible aging water (20% of your systems volume) in your new place a week before your move, have it heated to the same temp/salinty etc as your tank etc, ready for a top up

hope that all makes sense!

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