It's been a while, but I know there is no better place for fish-keeping advice!
I'm moving across town in a few weeks (about a 25 minute drive) and I'm starting to plan ahead for moving my two tanks.
Here are the specs of the two tanks...
1. 60 gal acrylic mbuna tank (12 adults and a few juvies): filtered by dual Marineland c-360 canisters, sand substrate, lots of rocks
2. 29 gal glass brichardi (8 adults and a new batch of fry): filtered by a Marineland eclipse system (bio-wheel power filter), sand, lots of rocks
Here is my plan (please let me know if I'm missing something):
First, I'm going to set the fish aside in two separate large rubbermaid bins and run one of the c-360s on each and throw the bio-wheel into one of the bins and just let it float. I figured, with this set-up there is no need to rush as the fish and bio filtration will be fine indefinitely. Fortunatley, I live in FL and I don't think I'll need to worry about a heater in the tanks as the house stays in the mid to upper 70s all the time anyway.
Second, now that the fish and filters are out of the way and chilling in their temporary homes. I can break down the tanks and move them first. That way I can have them set up and ready to go at the new place before the fish and filters are even transported.
Third, come back for the fish/filters, and here is where I'm a little unsure... I'm guessing that transporting large rubbermaid bins full of water and fish is not only going to be very heavy, but messy, and potentially disastrous if one of them collapses underneath the weight while being carried. So I plan to use several buckets, with lids, half full of water for the move. I'm guessing 4 buckets at this point, but I'll probably be prepared with a couple extra just in case. So then I'll pack them all up, keep the biowheel in one of the buckets and keep the canister filters full of water for the move too (to keep the bacteria alive).
Fourth, arrive at the new house... quickly set up filters and then acclimate the fish to their new homes.
Am I missing anything? Suggestions for a better way to handle it? Should I empty the canister filters and let the media sit in it's own bucket of more oxygenated water or do you think it will be fine during the trip? Do I need to drill some holes in the lids of the buckets for the fish?
Thankfully it's a pretty short move so I think my plan would be ok even if it's not ideal, but again if you have any suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated!