We regularly get requests from pet owners to move their pet belongings; we’re experts at packing and moving dog beds, cat scratchers, hamster balls and even terrariums (glass homes for turtles, snakes and other reptiles). Sometimes we are asked to move dry aquariums. But recently, Columbus movers of E-Z Movers received a request to move an aquarium on a cross-country trip… still full of water and expensive fish!
We were sad to have to tell the customer we could not move his beloved fish, so we wanted to offer some tips for those of you seeking moving services with fish or other delicate animals:
- Keep the water: Fish experts suggest that when moving your little flippers you should transport them in the same water from their aquarium in a Styrofoam cooler filled half-way (to allow the rest of the space in the cooler to fill with oxygen). But don’t pour the rest of the aquarium water down the drain! Bring it with you in five-gallon buckets and refill your aquarium at your new home with the old water.
- Do it fast: You should make your move as quickly and safely as possible. This way the fish don’t have to be outside their normal environment for long. If your trip is more than a couple of hours, be sure to stop to take the lid off the cooler to allow the water to re-oxygenize.
- Avoid the bumps: Fish can become bruised during travel, so be sure to pad the cooler and avoid reckless driving so the fish aren’t too injured. You can buy aqua-based healing agents to add to the water after the move if one of your fish comes out worse for wear.
- Hire a professional: If you decide you don’t want to do the move yourself, there are professional moving services that specialize in pet moves. They will take care of everything from packing and transporting your fish to ensuring your water at your new home has the proper pH levels and your fish are happy and healthy.
Do you have any fish moving stories or tips for other pet-owners planning to move? Share with us in the comments!