How to Move Your Houseplants and Aquariums
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman
Professional movers will do everything they can that will help you move specialty items to Colorado Springs, from art work to fragile electronics. No matter what the size, weight, or awkwardness to transport, your movers can probably handle the job. Nevertheless, there are some things that movers aren't legally able to move, and for good purpose. Moving trucks are dimly lit, not temperature-controlled, and the inside of the truck could go unmonitored for days to in excess of a week all through the moving process. For this reason movers cannot manage anything living for you, including furniture-like living things like your houseplants and aquariums.
But, simply because items can't go into the moving van doesn't mean we won't help you take care of them. Specialty item moving is a tricky project and we're here to assist you all the way. Even with things that will need to be moved to Colorado Springs within your vehicle.
Methods to Move Houseplants
Check the Regulations
If you are moving to Colorado Springs across state lines, make sure all of your plant species are allowed in. Some areas possess strict laws about introducing new plant types.
Re-Pot in Light Plastic Pots
Big, hefty, and ceramic pots are not handy for moving. They're more difficult to lift and a lot more prone to break mistakenly in the middle of the move. Repot your houseplants in light plastic pots if possible so they are safer to move rapidly and adequately.
Pack the Soil with Damp Paper
To keep the soil from spilling, pack the top of your pot with damp paper. This may prevent the soil from drying and from spilling all over your car or truck.
Place in Roomy Boxes with Air Holes
Your houseplants need protection plus a acceptable growing atmosphere throughout the move. Take into consideration tall boxes like wardrobe boxes for larger plants. Make sure to pack the pot snugly in the bottom to avoid slipping while giving room enough for the leaves and stems. You might think about trimming your plants back for the move to Colorado Springs to ensure that they are easier to transport.
Traveling with Your Plants
When you've got not many plants, securing them within your backseat is the ideal choice. Alternatively, look at a small trailer for your large bunch of plants. Make sure to keep your interior of the car a comfortable neutral temperature and don't water them except if they end up very dry. Be cautious about excessive temperatures. Should 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 appears like a whole lot of work however you still want them as part of your new house, think about taking small cuttings to restart with and gifting your current potted collection to friends or perhaps selling them to obtain a little extra moving cash.
Ways to Move a Fish Tank
Pack in Their Own Water
As you may know already, water in a tank for your fish is properly balanced for healthy fish so your fish are best transported within their water. To make certain this water is correctly balanced and also as clean as possible, replace about 20% from the tank water daily for 5 days ahead of the trip and quit feeding your fish for one day prior to the trip. This should reduce waste in the water making your fish more healthy during the move. Fish can survive for about one week with no food if well-fed ahead of the move to Colorado Springs.
For Few Fish, Transport in sturdy Plastic Bags
If you only have a small amount of fish in a small aquarium, you'll be able to pack them in one or 2 stable plastic bags. Be sure the bags are full of water from your tank. This is the way fish come home from the pet store and it also should be safe for the little swimming pets on the way to a new residence.
For Many Fish, Separate into 5 Gallon Containers
If you have a great assortment of fish inside of a sizeable tank, pick up a number of 5-gallon containers with lids which seal tightly. Fill the containers with aquarium water and space out your fish amongst them, being sure never to crowd the fish very much in any one container.
Moving Your Fish
Fish in bags can be loaded in Styrofoam in containers. Fish in containers should be secured within your backseat where they will move the least. Be cautious about transportation temperature, particularly if driving in the summertime or wintertime. Bring your fish inside with you if you stop at lodging along the way.
Consider Using a Pet Store
Some pet stores will help you to move and in some cases board your fish. This is basically the optimal answer when it may take you some time to get their aquarium set back up again in your new residence.
Aquarium along with you or maybe the Movers
Last but not least, choose what you should do with the aquarium tank. Totally emptied and meticulously cleaned out, your movers may deal with it as a specialty item going into the moving van itself to Colorado Springs. But, in case you could possibly get to your new house ahead of the moving company, you might want to load up the aquarium tank in your trunk instead.
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