6 Crucial Tips for Storing Your Fish Tanks Safely

Linda Illes
6 Crucial Tips for Storing Your Fish Tanks Safely
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Not every fish tank is the same and the storage options depend vastly on the size of it.  Let's dive more into the details:



Big Fish Tank Storing

Storing away your big fish tank doesn't have to be a daunting task. The reasons for storing away a fish tank might be different for everyone, but the process doesn’t have to be a hassle. 


Here are some tips and tricks you might find useful when it comes time to store away your big fish tank:


  • Make sure all of the water has been drained out of the tank before beginning the storage process. This will prevent any potential spills and make the tank lighter and easier to move.


  • Clean the tank with a mild detergent and water before placing it in storage. This will help keep dust at bay while your fish tank is in storage and make it easier to clean when you're ready to set it up again.


  • Wrap the glass of your fish tank with newspaper or bubble wrap to protect it from scratches and other damage.


  • Place your fish tank on a flat surface in the storage area, making sure it isn't exposed to extreme temperature changes or sunlight.


  • Add some desiccants to prevent any moisture build-up inside the tank while in storage. Desiccants are small packets of chemicals that absorb and hold moisture.


  •      Place a sheet over the fish tank to keep it out of sight, and you’re all set.


Following these steps will ensure your fish tank is properly stored away, so when you're ready to set it up again, you won’t have any nasty surprises waiting for you.


Tips for Moving a Fish Tank


Small Fish Tank Storing

With a small fish tank,  you can simply empty out the water, give it a good clean and then store it away in a cool dry place. Ensure that your tank is secure while in storage and not at risk of being knocked or dropped. 


If space allows, wrapping your tank in bubble wrap or newspaper will help protect it from scratches and damage.


A smaller fish tank can also serve as storage for other items that won't damage it. Place items like decorations, filters, or plants inside the tank and then secure them with a lid to keep them safe and dust-free. 


Steps to Move a Fish Tank to a New House


Remember to check on the items periodically to make sure they're in good condition.


You can also store the tank away with liquid inside. In this case, since you'll be putting it in storage for a time, you can use distilled water or tap water, with an equal amount of white vinegar, to prevent the growth of algae and keep your fish tank clean. 


Then, use a protective cover over the tank and make sure that all tubes and hoses are securely plugged in. 


Next, fill the storage container with cotton balls or packing peanuts, put the fish tank on top of them, and add more cotton balls or packing peanuts around the tank so that it won't move. 


Close the lid of the storage container and make sure to place it somewhere cool, dark and dry.



How to Disassemble and Assemble a Fish Tank?

Ah, the wonderful world of owning a fish tank. But how do you set it up? If it’s a small fish tank, and up to 20 gallons, setting it up is a piece of cake


But if it’s a large fish tank and you don’t have enough space for keeping it stored, how do you disassemble it for storage and assemble it back? Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as you think! Here are some tips on how to get started:


  • Gather all the necessary tools such as a screwdriver and wrench set, a pair of pliers, and rags for wiping things down.


  • Start by removing the base from the tank and setting aside any hardware.


  • Next, remove the lights and aquarium hood and set them aside for cleaning or storage.


  • Unscrew any decorations in the tank and store them properly to avoid scratching any surfaces.


  • Remove the filter system(s) from the back of the tank and make sure to empty out any water that is still inside the system.


  • Empty out any remaining water in the tank and carefully remove the substrate (gravel, sand, etc.)


  • Now it’s time to reassemble! Start by laying down a fresh layer of substrate in the tank.


  • Reattach the filter system(s) and lights/hood to the back of the tank.


  • Place any decorations in the tank and remember to securely fasten them down.


  • Fill up the tank with clean water, add a water conditioner if necessary, and you’re done!


See? It’s not as intimidating as it looks! With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to disassemble and assemble your fish tank like a pro.


Easy Steps to Empty a Fish Tank with a Siphon



Can I Reuse My Old Fish Tank Filter After the Storage Period?

Yes, you can reuse your old fish tank filter after storage. However, it is important to make sure that all of the components are still in good condition and free from debris before putting them back into use. 


If any parts need to be replaced or if the filter needs to be deep cleaned, this should be done before reintroducing it into the tank. 


You should also check that the filter media is still in good condition and replace it if necessary. 


If all of these things are done properly, there is no reason why your old fish tank filter can’t be reused after a storage period.


Can I Reuse My Old Fish Tank Decorations After the Storage Period?

Yes, you can reuse your old fish tank decorations after storage. However, make sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect them before putting them back in the tank. 


You may also want to inspect each decoration for any signs of wear or damage that could affect their safety for fish use. 


It's important to ensure that all decorations are compatible with the type of fish you are keeping in your tank before reusing them.  


If any of the decorations were previously used with a different species of fish, it's best to replace them with new ones that are safe for use in the tank.  


Taking these precautions will ensure that your fish have a healthy and safe environment to inhabit.



 Written by:  Linda Illes

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