August 7th this year happened to be my birthday. I was attending an invitation to celebrate. So I had to move home fast, and also move my aquariums. Two cubes, 40 liters each, the first one already established and the second one three days reset because of a eruption of microorganisms (you can tell about an infestation of snails, too… Planarians, infusoria, and a myriad of little not identified microorganisms swimming free among my mollies living along with parasites). I had also a 5 gallons cube that was troubling with what I called a broken cycled (never make major changes of water and clean your filter at the same time).
So I had to act quickly. I made my way with some 5 gallons buckets and moved all my fish to two of them. Mollies, guppies, fry of both… Drained all water from the three of them to half an inch above the substrate surface, managed to remove all hardscape, and left all plants in their place. I did cover the cubes with a plastic foil, so air wouldn’t damage the plants. This was more important than anything.
A friend came with a truck and everything fit. My domestic stuff included.
My aquariums were put over corrugated cardboard (carton), and traveled very well.
I did this twice in a three months period.
One thing you have to ensure when moving home is avoiding in all possible manner stressing the fish. Thus, when you have moved out all your stuff (beds, furniture, etc), only then, you start moving your fish. Then, you hit the road, and when you get to new home, unpacking the fish should be the first thing to do.
I had to do it this way because my aquariums are dirted, besides I did not want to restart them again, losing cycling and all that activity that means mounting a new aquarium. So, it is completely safe to move them without unmounting them, this way you keep your cycled substrate, and if possible, the water already cycled.
Once at my temporary home I did fill all three aquariums with available water from the buckets and waited until next day to refill them with tap water collected previously to avoid chlorine.
Here in Nicaragua tap water contains sodium hypochlorite, which is added in server plants as the only additive to treat water against a few organisms harmful to the health. This is why the water becomes to good quality in short time for aquarism purposes. Sodium hypochlorite should leave water in 24-48 hours as a gas.
Two months later I had to do it again with a bit less of fuss and stress.
It is possible that avoiding stressing our fish could be accomplished. In ourselves, not sure.
This is a quick and practical way of moving home.