How to safely move plants and fish tanks across state lines

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Hello, my name is Pippa. Welcome to my blog. Earlier this year, we decided to move to a bigger home. Our house was bursting at the seams with three kids and a handful of pets so we decided to move to a bigger property further out of town. To be honest, I didn’t think that the moving process would take much effort on our part, but I forgot just how much stuff we have. I also wanted to make unpacking as smooth as possible so we knew exactly where everything was and weren’t living out of boxes for weeks. While we got some useful packing advice and help from our removalists, my husband and I also put together a packing plan that suited us and the kids. I started this website to jot down some of our ideas and tips — hope it helps you pack effectively for your move!

How to safely move plants and fish tanks across state lines

19 September 2019
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Plants and fish are more than just decorative elements for your home. They also relieve stress; plants purify the air, and fish uplift the mood of your premises. This is why many homeowners consider taking their plants and fish tanks with them during a move. 

Transporting these organisms may sound easier than it actually is. Indeed, you'll have to take specific steps when moving plants from their pots or transferring fish from the tank. And because many local removals don't offer plant or fish transportation services, you should be aware of how to safely transport these delicate organisms without harming them. 

Place plant pots in a sturdy box 

If you're moving small plants, you may have an easier time by leaving them inside their pots. Place the pot in a sturdy box that can sustain the plant's weight while on the road. Opt for steel or plastic containers rather than cardboard boxes, and the container should have an open top that allows air to pass through without disruption.

You should also place all containers that have plants inside your car during the move. This will make it easier for you to monitor temperature, airflow, and humidity.

Trim larger plants before moving day

If your plant can't fit inside a container, consider trimming some leaves and branches. Make sure you water the plant before moving day to keep the roots moist.

If you'll need to dig up the plant from its pot, leave as much of the roots intact as possible. Wrap the plant in a newspaper to keep it moist on hot days, and keep the roots inside a wet plastic bag.

Prepare your fish for the move 

After getting your plants ready, the next step is to prepare your fish tank. Fish are very sensitive to changing environments. Therefore, your goal should be to stabilize variables as much as possible.

Before moving day, don't feed your fish so they can clean out their digestive systems. You can carry tiny fish in plastic bags and larger fish in open containers. Use water from the fish tank at all times when transporting your animals.

Clean the tank and keep it in your car

Before starting the move, make sure you clean your fish tank thoroughly. Empty the current water supply and remove foreign debris. Cleaning and disinfecting your tank will make the setup process easier in your new home. You should also transport your fish tank, fish, and plants in your private vehicle rather than in the moving truck.