Aquarium Forum banner
1 - 2 of 2 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I was an active marine fish aquarium hobbyist for many years and love the hobby. But, I am now challenged. I spend 4-5 summer months each year at my home in Upstate New York and the remaining 7-8 months at my home in Naples, Florida. The lifestyle has its benefits so I can't complain BUT, it has also put a real damper on my marine fish hobby.

I'm wondering if there's a way to enjoy the hobby again. Here are my thoughts. The initial questions I have are "am I crazy?" and "is this idea humane?" The marine animals must come first.

1. Set-up the same size aquariums in each home (contemplating 150-200 gallon tanks), using exactly the same equipment, salt etc. and ensuring that the base water conditions are the same (there is a question (below) about the expected changes in conditions between a tank with fish and the one without).

2. This is the area of concern. Transport the fish with me. This would mean 2 trips per year. One to New York and the other back to Florida. I've been away from the hobby for about 7-10 years so, I am not familiar with today's technology for both tank maintenance and safe fish transportation. My question is "are there transport containers that would minimize stress on the fish and provide the necessary oxygen/water conditions needed?" My door-to-door travel is about 4 hours. Since the successful and humane transport of the fish, twice a year, is crucial to success, I expect and am willing to make the investment necessary to purchase or have built transport containers that ensure water quality, oxygenation and, perhaps most important, minimize stress during transport. The "redline" issue for me, however, is if the technology doesn't exist or can be made to make this travel safe and humane for the fish, the idea ends.

3. Two water condition questions: 1) Once the biological conditions are developed in the initial tank with fish, how can those conditions be preserved when the fish are removed for the time periods mentioned above, and 2) How can I biologically prepare the second tank (where the fish will be transported) so their introduction doesn't create dangerous nitrate, ammonia etc. levels upon introduction.

4. I am not considering having any coral/invertebrates unless it is suggested that they can be left behind (not moved from tank-to-tank) and may, somehow, help with maintaining the biology of the tank when the fish aren't present.

I am open to having a maintenance company assist with 1-2 visits per month, in my absence, with keeping the "fish-less" tank biologically maintained (if that's even possible).

So, back to the beginning......"am I crazy?" 😀

For any of you that read this and have ideas, thank you.

Joe
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
Having a fishless tank will certainly lower the bio-load of the biological filtration. It will not totally die off. If you need to move the tank to another location, it's just a matter of not letting the biological filter totally dry out. Filter media and any live rock and substrate just need to keep damp. It should be fine even for a few days. It can be set up and restocked with new water, as a relatively small amount of the nitrifying bacteria is actually in the water itself. Of course, there is some bacteria in the water and that will become established when the tank is set up again. It would be best to slowly add fish to the new set up, and slowly build up the bio load while keeping the water parameters in check. Again, it is not critical that the actual water be transported. Of course, it is possible to transport the water in water carboys. I have seen large water storage containers that have to be at least 200 gallons or so. Moving water using 55 gallon plastic food grade barrels is another option.
Water being transported is not need to be oxygenated until it is back in the tank again. Any containers containing livestock need to be aerated, or fish packed into plastic bags and styrofoam boxes. Fish should be double bagged, and filled with 1/3 water and 2/3 oxygen.
You may want to talk to owners of tropical fish stores or wholesale outlets that I have transported fish and aquariums. I hope some of this has been helpful to you. Also it would be good to have water ready at your new location to be mixed with marine salt, or mix ahead of time at the new location.
Nah... You're not any crazier than the rest of us here. The main thing is to be around other hobbyists as much as possible. This keeps us all convinced that we are normal. Get involved in a local marine aquarium society. Most larger cities have at least one club in the vicinity.
 
1 - 2 of 2 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top