Professional Movers Vs. Aquariums

URRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHMoving large pieces of furniture can quickly turn into a big job. We’d know— those jobs are our specialty! But when you relocate to a new home, furniture isn’t the only thing you need to move. If you have pets, you might have kennels or cages that need to be transported. If you have fish, you’ll almost certainly have a fish tank. If you have a fish tank, you’ll probably want some professional movers.

Fish tanks come in a variety of sizes. Due to all of the glass, even the small tanks are fairly heavy, but the larger aquariums definitely require a small team of people to move. Fragile and heavy, moving giant glass tanks without proper experience can be both exhausting and potentially risky. If you live in the Minneapolis area, consider giving College Muscle Movers a call. We can help you figure out the logistics of your tank.

Now, onto some tips on moving aquariums and fish tanks. When you move a fish tank, you are changing not just the home of your pet, but your own home as well. A large tank takes up space, and you’ll want to carefully plan out where everything is going before you get started. Make sure there is room to fit your tank in your new home. Careful planning will help ensure a smooth move and minimize stress to your aquatic pet.

Fish tanks are heavy. You will require a team to move a large tank, and you’ll want to make sure you have the right equipment as well. Back-braces, suction cup lifters, pads, moving straps: the equipment you will need depends on the weight of the tank itself. In any case, move the tank methodically and carefully, and make sure you have enough people for the job.

Drain the water out before you get started. While this may seem obvious, you really want to make sure you’ve drained as much water as possible. A big fish tank might look mostly empty, but that high volume can be deceptive, and water is heavy. Don’t make the job harder than it has to be!

Also, as you can imagine, you won’t be moving your fish in the tank. Before you drain their home, make sure you’ve set aside a safe temporary environment for your pets. Make their water is treated properly and that they have plenty of space. If you keep plants in your tank, putting a few plants in their temporary home will help reduce the shock from transporting them.

Remember that even with careful planning and professional help, some issues could arise. You’ll want to make sure your fish can live in their temporary environment for a couple days, just in case, especially if you have a long distance move.
Professional movers will have the experience and equipment to safely move your equipment, but chances are low that they are experienced aquaculturists. You should expect to handle the well-being of your fish on your own. In Minnesota, be mindful of weather and temperature changes, especially in the winter!

As always, if you’re in the Minneapolis area, give College Muscle Movers a call at 1-800-818-8449 and we’ll help you figure out your move!