How to Move Your Houseplants and Fish Tanks

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving Plants Professional movers do everything they're able to that will help you move specialty items to Dallas, from fine art to sensitive electronics. No matter what the dimensions, weight, or awkwardness to handle, your movers can probably handle the work. However, there are some things that movers will not be legally able to move, and for good rationale. Moving trucks are dark, not temperature-controlled, as well as the interior of the truck could go unmonitored for several days to in excess of a week over the moving process. For this reason movers cannot manage anything living for you, including furniture-like alive items such as houseplants and fish tanks.

However, just because things can't go into the moving van does not mean we're not able to show you how to take care of them. Specialty item moving can be a tricky project and we are here to be of assistance every step of the way. Even with items that will need to be moved to Dallas within your vehicle.

How to Move Houseplants

Check the Regulations

If you are moving to Dallas across state lines, make certain all of your plant species are permitted in. Some areas possess strict laws about introducing new plant types.

Re-Pot in lightweight Plastic Pots

Large, weighty, and ceramic pots aren't practical for moving. They may be more challenging to lift and a lot more likely to break mistakenly during the move. Repot your houseplants in light-weight plastic pots if at all possible so they are safer to move swiftly and adequately.

Pack the Soil with Damp Paper

To keep the soil from spilling, pack the very top of your pot with damp paper. This tends to prevent the soil from becoming dry and from spilling in your vehicle.

Put in Roomy Boxes with Air Holes

Your houseplants need safeguards along with a acceptable growing ambiance throughout the move. Take into consideration tall boxes like wardrobe boxes for bigger plants. Be sure to pack the pot securely in the bottom to prevent slippage while leaving lots of space for the leaves and stems. You might consider trimming your plants back for your move to Dallas to make sure they are simpler to transport.

Going with Your Plants

If you have only a few plants, securing them in your backseat is the perfect choice. Alternatively, consider a small trailer for your large bunch of plants. Make sure to keep your inside of the car a comfortable neutral temperature and do not water them unless they become very dry. Watch out for extraordinary temperatures. If you stop along the route, bring the plants inside and open them up to get some light.

Consider Taking Cuttings Instead

If moving your plants might appear to be a whole lot of work but you still would like them as part of your new home, consider taking small cuttings to restart with and gifting your current potted collection to friends or maybe selling them for a little extra moving money.

How to Move a Fish Tank

Pack in Their Own Water

As you have learned, water in a tank for your fish is carefully balanced for healthy fish so your fish are best transported within their water. To make sure this water is correctly balanced and as clean as it can be, replace about 20% of the tank water every day for five days ahead of the trip and stop feeding your fish for 1 day ahead of the trip. This should reduce waste in the water making your fish healthier during the move. Fish can survive for roughly one week without having food if well-fed prior to the move to Dallas.

For Few Fish, Transport in sturdy Plastic Bags

If you happen to simply have a small amount of fish in a small aquarium, it is possible to pack them in one or 2 sturdy plastic bags. Ensure the bags are filled with water from your aquarium. This is the way fish get home from the pet store and it also should be safe for the little swimming pets on the way to your new home.

For Many Fish, Separate into Five Gallon Containers

For those who have a vast collection of fish in a sizeable tank, pick up several 5-gallon containers together with lids which secure solidly. Fill the containers with aquarium water and space your fish between them, being sure to not crowd the fish a lot in any one carrier.

Moving Your Fish

Fish in bags may be loaded in Styrofoam in containers. Fish in containers have to be properly secured inside your backseat where they are going to move the smallest amount. Be cautious concerning transportation temperature, especially if traveling in the summertime or winter months. Bring your fish inside together with you if you happen to stop at lodging en route.

Take into consideration Working with a Pet Store

Some pet stores will help you to transport and in some cases board your fish. This can be the most suitable answer when it will take you some hours to get their fish tank set back up once again inside your new residence.

Aquarium along with you or the Movers

Last but not least, choose what you'd like to do with the fish tank. Completely emptied and adequately cleaned, your movers may manage it as a specialty item going into the moving van itself to Dallas. Having said that, if you could possibly get to the new house ahead of the moving company, you may want to pack the aquarium tank in your trunk as an alternative.

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