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Moving Fishtanks

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Moving fishtanks is a complex and daunting challenge – and one of the most complex of all moving related tasks. Each fish aquarium has it’s own private ecosystem that not only keeps your fish happy and stress free, but healthy. Here’s a guide to safely transporting your fish as prepared by the moving experts at US Express.

 

Before the Move

  • Change 20% of the water in the tank every day, starting 5 days before the move starts.

  • Don’t feed your fish for 24-48 hours before the move. Fish that have been getting regularly fed well can survive for over a week without food.

  • If your move will take a week or longer, see if a pet store can board your fish temporarily. Make sure to get a signed contract confirming what responsibilities the people at the pet store will take on in order to take care of your fish. There might even be the possibility of packing and air shipping your fish to your new home.

 

During the Move

  • Save at least 80% of the water from your tank.

  • Depending on how long the move will take, use plastic bags or 5 gallon buckets with tank water to transport your fish.

  • Make sure the bag/bucket has enough air in it for your fish.

  • Make sure to take any plants from the tank and put them in the bags with the tank water in order to keep any healthy bacteria on them alive.

  • Take any remaining water or tank decorations out from the tank to prevent any cracking.

  • If it’s a short move, put the filter media (don’t clean it) inside a sealed, chemical-free hard sided container. If it’s a long move, clean or discard the filter media.

  • Make sure to pack any heaters, pumps, or fish tank accessory with the same care that you’d’ pack any fragile electronic appliance (see our recent blog post for more tips on packing delicate electronic devices.)

  • Move your tank while it’s still empty. Moving tanks while there’s items in it increases the risks of it cracking.

 

After the Move

  • Make sure to unpack your fish tank first, before all your other objects

  • Replace all rocks and decorations inside the tank.

  • Refill the tank with water that you saved from before the move.

  • Install all pumps, filters, and heaters.

  • Reposition the live plants inside the tank.

  • If the fish are in buckets, you can pour or use a net to transfer them into the tank.

  • If your fish were in bags, let the bags float on the water in the tank to help balance out the temperature between the two vessels. Once the temperature has equalized, you can pour the fish into the tank.

  • Your fish will need time to adjust to the new surroundings. Treat the move the same way that you would if you added a new fish to the tank. Keep a close eye on the water in the tank, as well as the condition of your fish. After a few days, the fish will be able to relax and begin to thrive inside their new home at the same time that you begin to thrive in yours!

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Transporting Electronic Devices

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The packing experts at US Express understand how delicate many electronic devices are. Not to mention how expensive they can be. Electronic devices can be easily damaged as they are being packaged and/or transported for a move. Here’s how to keep all your electronic devices fully safe during your big move.

 

Backups

Make sure to always back up and save all your important documents, photos, music, or anything else important to you before you start the packing process. This gives you a boon in case any damage occurs during the move – which it shouldn’t, if you follow these tips.

 

Packing Materials

Make sure to get sturdy boxes slightly larger than the electronic device you’re placing into it. Always use an item’s original packaging if you have saved it. You will also need strong packing tape to ensure that the boxes remain shut during the move, as well as anti-static packing materials like bubble wrap. Electronics are extra sensitive to static, so make sure that your packing material is all anti static. Also, get packing blankets and plastic wrap to minimize any potential scratches or damages to the items. If you don’t want to purchase any of these, towels and sheets can be great packing insulators.

 

Wire Organization

Make sure to wrap all cords and wires neatly and label them so you can easily sort which cord out for their corresponding devices. Make sure to instead of placing all of your cords and remote controls in a single box, place cords in the same box as their matching device.

 

Temperature Mindfulness

Electronics are susceptible to super hot temperatures, so you might want to take them with you in your vehicle rather than stored with the rest of your belongings on a moving truck. If you’re taking printers, make sure to remove all ink cartridges, as these are extremely delicate and sensitive to high temperatures, and if they explode, they can ruin your printer – not to mention all the other items packed with it.

 

Vigilant Labeling

Once you’ve safely packed all your electronics and cords, make sure to clearly label them as Fragile, or to carry a box a certain side up. It can also help to clearly write ‘PACK LAST’ on these boxes, so you can avoid the possibility of them being crushed by other boxes inside the truck. If you’re still nervous about transporting your electronics, we highly recommend utilizing the talents of a professional packing service with vast experience in safely transporting all manners of delicate items, including household electronics.

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Proper Moving Driving Techniques

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Proper Moving Driving Techniques

Here’s our guide to safe moving truck driving. If you’re driving your own truck make sure to adhere to these rules – and any professional moving driver should absolutely do so to.

 

Essential Moving Truck Rules

  • Wear a seatbelt at all times
  • Stop every two to three hours to take a rest – don’t let yourself get fatigued.
  • Take turns driving if you can.
  • Don’t tailgate- ever. Trucks require a larger amount of room, and a longer amount of time to stop, Keep around an entire car length between you and any vehicles to your front or back.
  • Always follow any traffic lights or signs, and use your turn signals vigilantly.
  • Stop to check left, right, and left again at all intersections.
  • Be aware of any truck-specific road signs.
  • Don’t make sudden stops or turns.
  • Use your truck’s mirrors – be aware that trucks require longer turning time, and more room to turn.

 

Passing

  • Don’t pass on any sort of curves or hills.
  • Don’t use the passing lane on any sort of major interstate parkway or highwya.
  • Don’t pass any vehicle that’s moving faster than forty miles per hour.

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