MOVING WITH YOUR FISH

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One of the hardest pets to move with is fish. Your best bet is to give your fish away or sell them before moving and buy new ones at your destination.
However, if you are insistent on bringing your fish with you, there are ways around the hazards moving imposes on them. If you have a very large aquarium, remove the fish and place them in smaller containers prior to the move. Fish should be transported in a plastic container equipped with battery operated aerators and places in a strong box. Drain the larger container and prepare it for shipping if you plan to take it with you. If you have a smaller aquarium, you can probably take the whole thing with you as is, leaving the fish in their usual environment for the duration of the move. If you are transporting your fish in plastic bags, do not put them in direct sunlight or cold drafts. Tropical fish are best packed for shipment by pet suppliers specializing in tropical fish. After removing any heaters and aerators installed in the aquarium, place plastic wrap over the top and secure it firmly. Then place the entire aquarium in a Styrofoam container or a plastic cooler box to help maintain the temperature in the aquarium. This is only a temporary measure, but should help keep the temperature consistent for up to two days. Remove the plastic wrap from the aquarium every three to four hours to allow fresh air to circulate through the fish’s environment. Don’t leave the aquarium in a car overnight. Temperature changes can be deadly for your fish. If you are planning a long move over several days, purchase a special portable aerator to help keep the aquarium’s water full of fresh oxygen. When you arrive at your new home, set up your aquarium immediately. Consult with a local pet store about any additional precautionary treatments that may be required due to the stress of the move. Special water additives may be recommended to help your fish recover from any excess jostling or bruising that may have occurred. Note: Small pets such as tropical fish must be shipped by Air Express (a division of air freight). Minimize your pet’s stress by avoiding through-checking and changing planes.
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No matter if you’re relocating within the same neighborhood or overseas, moving can be pretty stressing. In fact, moving is repeatedly ranked as the third most stressful life event and sometimes seems to be completely overwhelming. On top of moving, you often have to deal with realtors, mortgage financing and even finding a great school for your kids. To keep all the moving components tracked and timely, organization is a big must. Utilizing a filing system is a great way to keep...