When it’s time to move, you want to make certain your pets are well taken care of in the process. Today we will focus on how to transport fish when moving. One thing to remember: fish are to be moved OUT last and IN first.


If you only have a small fish bowl [or tanks that are not water cycled], such as one used for Betta fish or gold fish, the process is rather simple. I read that the rule of thumb for these fish is to use something plastic that holds at least one-half gallon of water.

It is best to use something like a Tupperware container. However, if you choose to use a Ziploc baggie, it is best to support the filled bag in a more stable container with something to cushion the baggie so it doesn’t accidentally get crushed, etc.

Use your current plan of changing your fish’s water to fill the transport container. This generally includes half the original water and half fresh water. Never put your fish directly into fresh water. Even when you bring them home from a pet shop, you will pour the existing water they were sold to you in, right into your tank. Do this to prevent shock or stress to your fish. Also, skip their feeding for the day.

This process is good for a move that is no more than a day away. For more information on long-distance travel go to this link:


Aquariums are known as water cycled tanks. One of the first things to know about transporting an aquarium is to NEVER transport one that is full. The force of water sloshing about in the tank within a moving vehicle can actually cause the glass of the aquarium to shatter.

Depending on the size of your tank and the size of your fish population you can choose between using several Ziploc baggies or else a 5-gallon bucket. Use the existing water from the fish tank with either choice. Also, try to preserve at least 80% of your existing water to fill your aquarium once you get to your new location. Be certain your fish have sufficient air in the transport. This means, don’t fill the water to the top or the baggie or container.

If you have aquarium plants, try to remember how they were packaged for transport when you purchased them and follow that method. That is, place them in baggies with water from the tank to preserve the bacteria that allows the plants to grow and stay healthy.

Remove all decorations, dry and pack them, wrapped in packing paper or bubble wrap. Don’t leave them in the tank. In fact, do not transport your tank with anything in it in order to preserve it from cracking or breaking.

Pour out any remaining water from the tank.

Pack your filter media in a sealed plastic container (do not clean prior to move).

Pack pumps as any other small appliance.

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