If you’re moving to a new home, there’s a good chance you’ll want to bring your pets with you. We’ve previously given a general overview of moving pets, but we wanted to provide a more in-depth explanation of fish, which are particularly difficult to move.

Below, we’ll discuss the process required to move fish safely and comfortably.

Should You Move Fish Long-Distance?

It is possible to move fish, though it’s not recommended because the process is stressful for them. If you’re making a long-distance move, you may want to see if there’s a friend or family member nearby who’s interested in owning a fish.

If you can’t find anyone who’s able to keep the fish, you may also be able to get the fish air-shipped. Contact your local pet store to determine if they’ll board your fish and ship it for you.

If neither of these options work, you’ll need to plan your move carefully to help your aquatic friends make it to the new home. Keep in mind that it may take them a while to adjust to the new home after the move. Fish typically don’t eat during the move, but they can survive for up to a week without food.

How to Move Fish

You can’t move fish in their normal tank or aquarium. The water in the tank will cause stress on the glass, causing it to break.

If it’s a shorter move, you’ll need to put smaller fish in plastic bags full of water. If it’s a long move or you’re transporting bigger fish, you’ll want to put them in big buckets.

Once your fish are safe, you’ll need to move the aquarium. First, remove any plants or other aquarium accoutrements. Plants should be stored with water from the tank if possible, while the rest of the tank’s accessories should be carefully wrapped.

It’s useful to transport as much of the aquarium’s water as possible, since this will help your fish acclimate to their new location. Drain as much of the aquarium’s water into buckets. Once it’s empty, you can bubble wrap the tank and, if possible, place it in a large box.

From there, you’ll be ready for the move. The tank needs to be carefully loaded and unloaded. Once you’re in your new home, it should be set up as quickly as possible, since this allows the tank the requisite amount of time it needs to reach its normal chlorine level, PH balance, and so on.

Don’t put the fish back in the tank until it’s back to its regular conditions.

Need to Move Fish?

If so, InterWest Moving can help. For years, we’ve been helping residents and businesses get the moving services they need. As a proud member of Atlas Van Lines, we have the experience and equipment needed to help you with a variety of different moving situations.

For questions regarding our moving policies or to schedule your next moving service, contact us today for a free quote.