When one wants to move an aquarium (say within 10 minutes walking/carrying distance, but answers with hint for long distance (> 1 day travelling in a car) are welcome as well), there probably things to consider regarding the well being of inhabitant and potential damage of the aquarium (be it during the transport or non-visible long term damage (microfissure, breaking silicone joints)). What precautions have to be taken? How long do I have to plan in advance?
When moving an aquarium (from an old location close to the new one) consider the following:
- Moving the aquarium means stress for inhabitants and you. So, don't place the aquarium at a worse location than before ((more) direct impact of sunlight which might cause algae growning, less stable or unleveled surface, more noise emission for the room it will stands in).
- Remove heavy pieces of decoration and all electronical equipment.
- Only very small aquariums (≤ 60 l) might be carried when almost empty. Carefully evaluate the stress for the inhabitants being contained in an almost empty aquarium for short time and being moved to a temporary location and back. If you have an unused running aquarium at hand, consider using it for some time and moving fish back after days or weeks only to reduce the frequency of moves.
Carry with two persons and lift and base very symetrically in order to minimize the tension on the glass and joints - it's not a piece of furniture. If fish are in the aquarium while carrying, add a cover to prevent them from jumping out.
When moving over a long distance, more things have to be considered and organized; they're not covered by the above listing.