How to Move A Fish Tank

Like other pets, fish experience stress when they are moved. As most fish owners know, fish can die for a variety of reasons, particularly when there is a change in their environment. A change in the water source is one of the most critical areas of stress. This is why you need to take this into consideration when moving your fish tank and your fish.

Premiere Van Lines can help you to move your fish tank safely and can provide you with guidance on what is required to ensure your fish survive the move. If you prefer that Premiere Van Lines take care of the fish handling in addition to the relocation of the tank and its equipment. We can do this through one of our accredited affiliates.

Moving a Fish Tank

In terms of moving the fish tank/aquarium itself, Premiere Van Lines would highly recommend that you have us build a custom crate. This will provide maximum protection for a very fragile, glass object. Most large fish tanks and/or aquariums are relatively expensive and the last thing you will want to do is replace it because it got damaged or broken during the move.

Premiere Van Lines can properly pack the water pumps, filters and accessories for your tank so that they are ready for immediate set-up in the new location. Choose an appropriate spot in the new house before the movers arrive so that set-up can be done as soon as possible. Remember, a fish tank/aquarium should not be placed in direct sunlight and should be in a location with easily accessible electrical outlets.

If you are attempting to move your fish tank on your own, then you should make sure that it is totally protected with layers of wrapping including extra cushioning. You should be very careful when lifting it on or off a truck and positioning it in area where is will not get damaged by other items on the vehicle.

Moving Basics

A fish tank/aquarium should be totally empty before it is moved; this will eliminate the possibility of it cracking. Since it is best for your fish to be moved in the same water as they are accustomed to, the water moved from the tank should be reserved for the temporary containers the fish will travel in to the new home. Live plants and coral should also be put in containers that have a high proportion of the water from the tank. If you do need to add additional water, then use dechlorinated water only. Make sure you do not feed your fish for 48 hours prior to the move.

Due to our extensive experience as a full service moving company, Premiere Van Lines knows how to move a fish tank and/or aquarium safely and efficiently.

For more information on how to move a fish tank or for a free, no obligation moving estimate, contact your local Premiere Van Lines office.