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I am currently moving and was wondering if I have to save the water that is currently in my tank. The pH of my water is suppose to be 7.8-8.6 and it took about a week to get to that range last time. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on moving a cichlid tank.
 

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I just recently moved my 150 :eek: I removed everything from the tank, keeping the substrate wet and my canister filters full of water. When I got to my new house, I put the substrate back in, added water dechlor and ran the filters for about an hour before placing my fish back in the tank. All are doing well and happy.

What readings are you getting out of your tap water for your new house? This is where things could go a lil haywire, if the PH of the tap water is off drastically
 

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I wouldn't worry about saving all the water. Out of curiosity, how big is the tank in question? Do you have a smaller tank you can put the fish in while you set up the big tank again, or will they be living out of a bucket?

What were/are you doing to adjust your pH? You can use a buffering solution that will change the parameters right away (note that I'm not talking about the ones that you buy in the store, since I don't know what's in them -- lots of folks roll their own with commonly (cheaply) available ingredients).

I would generally treat a tank-moving exercise about the same as I would introducing new fish to the aquarium (i.e. aclimitize the water temp, and if you can, slowly mix tank water with the water the fish are in till it's mostly tank water)

-Rick (the armchair aquarist)
 

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I just moved my tanks across LA and let me tell you it was quite an time consuming ordeal. I didnt save any water, my main priority was to make sure that the water temperature was the same from their temporary traveling tupperware bucket/home as in the new tank to prevent shock.

I can happily say that I did not lose a single fish.
 
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