If you’re buying a new home in Port Aransas (or if you’ve just sold yours) and you have an aquarium, you’re probably not exactly sure how to move your fish.
Even you’ve moved with fish before, it can be a bit tricky—and if you’re not careful, you could end up losing more than a few.
So how do you move with fish?
How to Move With Fish
Whether you’re moving just a few minutes up the street or you’re making a cross-country trek, you need to know how to keep your fish safe during the journey. (Many experts will tell you that if you’re moving more than a couple of hours from Port Aransas, you should sell your fish to someone close by who can care for them; it may just be easier to get new fish when you get to your destination.)
Ideally, you’ll keep your fish in a sealed container with ample oxygen. Fish can only survive for a couple of hours in a plastic bag half-full of air (like those you get from the pet store), so if you can, use a sealed cooler that helps keep the water temperature stable.
Moving is extremely stressful for fish, so keeping their environment as stable as you can is essential.
Preserving Your Fish’s Health
Every healthy fish tank has a colony of bacteria living in it. However, without a steady supply of oxygen, those bacteria begin to die within a few hours.
In order to preserve your bacteria colony, you must keep original tank water aerated while you’re moving. You may want to invest in a bacterial additive to accelerate your tank’s cycling, as well.
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