How to Move Fish

20 Jan 2022

When you’re tackling a move of any sort, things can easily get stressed, complicated, and overwhelming. This is true for any sort of move really, but adding pets into the mix can take things to another level. Plus, we’re not just talking dogs or cats here. 

Adding pets into the mix that can easily be transported with you in by just having them hop in the car or putting them into their carrier is one thing, but transporting and relocating animals that have tanks, or that otherwise need to be contained in water is a whole other story, and requires a lot of planning to make sure them and their tanks are transported safely. 

In this instance, we’re specifically discussing the concept of moving fish. No matter what size of fish you’re working with, you’ll need to do a lot of planning, and will have to start early to make sure you have plenty of time to not only prepare them, but also make sure you know what your plan is to transport them safely – especially over longer distances. 

How to Prepare to Move Fish

When moving fish, it’s important to have the supplies necessary to transfer them from their tank to more portable options well ahead of time. We’re thinking nets, buckets, baggies, or other materials more specific to the needs of your individual fish to ensure that they’re transported safely. You’ll need to get these things ready, and have a plan in place so you’re not left panicking or scrambling on the day of your move. 

About 24-48 hours before moving day, stop feeding your fish. Wait, what? Yes – stop feeding them around one to two days before moving so that they’ll get rid of all of their bodily waste prior to the transition. Don’t worry – your fish won’t starve to death without food; they can go around a week without food and be fine!

If you have smaller fish you can fill plastic baggies with water from their tank, and transfer them into said baggies using a net or similar device. You’ll want to make sure that you’re not tying these bags tight, or just leaving your fish in them for any long period of time. Plastic bags can often have poor ventilation, and are not ideal for long-distance moves with fish. 

Otherwise, transfer your fish to a large bucket (preferably with a lid), that’s filled with water from their tank. Look for an enclosed bucket or container whose lid remains breathable or that otherwise still provides you with easy access to check on your fish. This is especially for longer distanced- moves. 

If you’re transporting fish in buckets, make sure the containers are thoroughly cleaned, and haven’t come into contact with harsh chemicals that could get into your water or otherwise harm your fish. 

Moving Day

On moving day, once you’ve removed your fish from their tank and packed everything up, always make sure they’re traveling in your vehicle with you. Never put them in a moving truck, or other unsafe conditions. Additionally, transport your tank with you (especially if you’re going a long distance). You’re going to want to set it up immediately upon your arrival, so make sure it’s kept in a safe spot that you have easy access to in your vehicle. 

Moving with any animal is no easy task, but moving with fish can be even more complicated. However, while you’re focusing on getting your fish to your new home safely, you shouldn’t also have to worry about whether your movers are trustworthy or are giving you the best service. For the best moving company to take care of your relocation, look no further than Ray the Mover. We’ve got the best services, rates, and best crew that will get your items where they need to go safely and efficiently. 

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