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Moving Tips: Moving with aquarium animals

It can be very difficult to move fish.

It can be very difficult to move fish.

The process of moving can be tricky, especially when you have pets that you need to bring along. While cats and dogs have their own rules and needs for moving, you also may want to keep in mind the issues that come forth with pets that are typically housed in an aquarium, as both fish and reptiles need special care.

Moving fish and snakes is not the responsibility of your moving company, just like any other live animal. You will have to do it on your own, and the process can be difficult. Due to the fragility of these creatures, it is not recommended to take them on long journeys. This is for many reasons, as small animals cannot handle the stressors of traveling. If you have no choice, you need to take specific precautions to lower the risk.

Keep these pets safe during the move
Due to these creatures' fragile nature, you will want to make sure that they have the most ideal temperature possible during the move. Many aquarium creatures - especially fish - need to be in water that is a certain temperature, or they cannot survive. Putting them in a temporary container for moving that is able to accomplish this, is best. However, the process is difficult.

Because of the hurdles involved with moving these creatures, you need to ensure your moving process is short. If you can, prioritize moving them to the home first. If it is just across town, you may still be OK.

Moving aquariums themselves may take some work. You will need to tape paper to all glass sides and ensure that the outside and inside are kept together in case the glass breaks. Additionally, you will want to bring it with you, as you will need it immediately.

If you don't think you can move them safely, it may benefit all involved to give the aquarium to a friend that lives near your old home. They may be able to take care of it better than you can, and the trip may be safer, as it will be closer. This could not only make them happy, but you could feel better that your pet is being taken care of by someone you trust.