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Moving a Reef Aquarium

There are six keys to successfully moving a reef aquarium with much less stress on you and your fish.

By Steve Bitter |

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Aquarium Fish International

A friend once told me that moving is one of the top 10 stressful events in life. Obviously, she never moved with a reef aquarium, or otherwise she would probably bump it up to number one. It is a high-stakes, high-stress event, and failure can have almost unthinkable consequences. Having moved more reef tanks than I care to count, both personally and professionally, I can attest to this fact more than most. Live rock, corals and sandbeds create unique challenges that don’t come up with less sophisticated aquarium styles, and our complex plumbing makes for longer tear-down and set-up times.

To put it plainly, moving a reef is no fun, and you should probably avoid it if you can — but of course, almost everyone will have to move eventually. And while all of us cringe at moving our reefs, we cringe even more at the idea of not having it. So how do you make your move as smooth and painless as possible? I’d like to share some of the best tips I’ve learned for moving reef aquariums. Hopefully, these tips will help your move go smoothly from the planning phase to moving day.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the February 2012 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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