Hi, I have a question about moving a newly dirted tank.  I ordered plants from Dustin and should be getting them soon. I have my tank cycled and the soil is ready but I just got a notice from my landlord that all tenants need to vacate by November 1st, there is some kind of structural damage from our last earthquake. I am not sure if it would damage the plants or not to empty the tank down to the gravel and move it. Luckily I am only doing my 10g Dwarf African Frog tank at the moment. Should I wait or just go ahead and dirt & plant it then move it????

Views: 161

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

IMO... Don't use dirt, buy a planted tank substrate and save yourself headache. If you must do dirt, I'd wait. Odds are you will break the cap when you move it which will cause you even more mess and headache.

for a move that is not far or bumpy

remove the water all the way down below the gravel

cover the plants with a single sheet of plastic wrap

do your move and set up again

for a long bumpy ride

remove the water and plants completely or your plants will be destroyed by moving gravel

if already dirted, check to see there is a proper layer of gravel over your soil after the move.

then replant and refill.

I would suggest waiting to dirt and plant.  It will be a messy move as well as much damage to your plants and ruin your months of work.  Ive been there before and Ive had too much die before with my 400 mile move.

Hey LED,

Luckily the move will only be about a mile and a half. Dustin shipped my plants super quick as the came in today. I went ahead and dirted and planted today. I will post a pic later. The water is a bit brown even though I rinsed the dirt a lot. Think it's just tannins.

Please post how your move goes because I'll be moving in 5 months and have a dirted tank

The tank didn't do well in the move, I moved further than I anticipated, I ended up having to re-do the tank.  



Blog Posts

Lights how much is enough.

Posted by Kendal on June 21, 2017 at 2:45pm 0 Comments

Oscar cichlid tank mates?

Posted by Reece on March 23, 2017 at 11:45am 2 Comments

The Big Change

Posted by AquaristPaddy on March 19, 2017 at 4:09pm 1 Comment


Floating aquarium plants

Started by Jesus in Plant Section. Last reply by Question Mark Jul 14, 2017. 1 Reply

Looking for help!

Started by Antonio Vera in High Tech Planted Section. Last reply by Scrooge McJeta May 9, 2017. 4 Replies


  • Add Photos
  • View All


  • Add Videos
  • View All


Birthdays Today

© 2018   Created by Dustin Wunderlich.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service