I have a an aquarium with normal glass, in the next couple of months we move to another city.


Size of the aquarium is 90 x 40 x 30 cm, it has so many plants that I use CO2 capsule and filtration. I have shrimp, fish, snails, and the plants.

The floor is well built-up with aquarium specific soil (around 5cm) and some branch to which I stick some of my specific plants on top of them.


How to move it to have minimum loss?

Is it possible to move the aquarium without break the glass, in a acceptance way, or acceptable weight?


Added images:

Aquarium Image Sample Aquatic Plant 1 Sample Aquatic Plant 2 Sample Aquatic Plant 3 Sample Aquatic Plant 4 Sample Aquatic Plant 5

  • Don't worry about the strength of an empty aquarium . I now have a couple 55's I move around the yard without problem ( 122 X 30 X 45 mm) . Commented Jan 9, 2019 at 19:52
  • Empty... the issue is that it's filled Commented Jan 9, 2019 at 20:29
  • You cannot move a filled aquarium, you'll need to drain it. How long is the journey to the new location?
    – Henders
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 9:14
  • 400~500KM on car, and 1~2 hour consumed in the traffic of central city Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 13:39
  • Full is not a reasonable possibility ; 300 + lb ( 150 kg) plus movement of the water. I once moved a 55 g ( 200+ L) about 1/3 full with the top sealed with tape ; I would not try it again. Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 16:00

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It depends on who will move it . I assume you don't want to disturb the plant roots. If you are going to put it into a car yourself it should be alright. Put fish and shrimp into a bag or other container. Remove any rocks , wood , or other decorations, remove the water to about 1 cm, lift it carefully by the edges of the bottom ( not the center) and set it somewhere flat .It will still be heavy , about 50 # or about 25 kg. You may be able to leave the branch. Put plastic film over the top to maintain humidity for the plants ; they should be good for a day or two. If it will be moved by others , I think you will need to empty it completely. When empty the glass itself is very strong.

  • so, but that weight, it won't damage the glass? (it's man made aquarium, not the corner round glass, and i'm worry if the bottom fell off... i think i also need to add image :-s give me time, i'll update and inform you by the night or tomorrow Commented Jan 9, 2019 at 5:59
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    Why don't you want to move it by the center? Surely it should be supported all around or the center could droop and the additional strain will crack the bottom?
    – Henders
    Commented Jan 9, 2019 at 9:10
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    I guess I am too old; I have had accidents lifting the center of stainless frame aquariums. Commented Jan 9, 2019 at 19:45
  • @Henders i'm not sure what you mean, but it currently is placed on a Styrofoam, and buttom of it is a flat sheet of stone... Commented Jan 9, 2019 at 20:28
  • Nice tank; i will stay with my original answer, be sure to remove decorations. I think the broad leaf plant ( bacopa ?) could be thinned for the move. Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 16:08

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