How to Move Your Houseplants and Fish Tanks

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving Plants Professional movers will do everything they're able to to help you to move specialty items to Colorado Springs, from fine art to sensitive electronics. Regardless of measurements, weight, or difficulty to transport, your movers can most likely handle the project. Even so, there are certain things that movers are not legally allowed to move, and for good rationale. Moving trucks are dark, not temperature-controlled, and the interior of the truck might be unmonitored for many days to greater than a week over the moving process. For this reason movers cannot manage anything living for you, including furniture-like alive items like your houseplants and aquariums.

But, just because stuff can't go in the truck does not mean we're not able to assist you to look after them. Specialty item moving is often a tricky task and we are here to assist you all the way. Even with stuff that will have to be moved to Colorado Springs within your vehicle.

How to Move Houseplants

Look into the Regulations

If you are moving to Colorado Springs across state lines, make certain all your plant species are permitted in. Some areas have strict laws about transporting in new plant types.

Re-Pot in lightweight Plastic Pots

Sizeable, heavy, and ceramic pots are not practical for moving. They are more challenging to lift and much more prone to break inadvertently during the move. Repot your houseplants in light in weight plastic pots whenever possible so they are far better to move swiftly and efficiently.

Pack the Soil with Damp Paper

To help keep the soil from spilling, pack the very top of your pot with damp paper. This may keep the soil from drying and from spilling all over your vehicle.

Put in Roomy Boxes with Air Holes

Your houseplants need protection plus a passable growing environment throughout the move. Take into consideration tall boxes like wardrobe boxes for bigger plants. Be sure to pack the pot firmly at the base to circumvent sliding while giving plenty of room for the leaves and stems. You might consider cutting your plants down for the move to Colorado Springs to make sure they are easier to transport.

Traveling with Your Plants

Should you have not many plants, securing them within your backseat is the ideal solution. Otherwise, think about a small trailer for your large collection of plants. Make sure to maintain the inside of the car a comfortable neutral temperature and do not water them unless of course they end up very dry. Look out for extraordinary temperatures. In the event you stop on the way, bring the plants inside and open them up to have some light.

Consider Taking Cuttings Instead

If moving your plants seems like a whole lot of work however you still desire them in your new residence, take into consideration taking small cuttings to restart with and gifting your current potted collection to friends or perhaps selling them to obtain a little extra moving money.

How to Move a Fish Tank

Pack in Their Water

As you already know, water inside of a aquarium is properly balanced for healthy fish so your fish are best transported within their water. To make sure this water is properly balanced and also as clean as possible, replace about 20% from the tank water each day for 5 days prior to the trip and stop feeding your fish for one day before the trip. This may reduce waste within the water making your fish healthier on the move. Fish can survive for roughly one week with no food if well-fed before the move to Colorado Springs.

For Few Fish, Transport in sturdy Plastic Bags

If you happen to just have a small number of fish in a small fish tank, it is possible to pack them in one or 2 durable plastic bags. Be sure the bags are full of water from the fish tank. This is the way fish get home from the pet store and it should really be safe for your little swimming pets on the way to your new house.

For Many Fish, Separate into 5 Gallon Containers

If you have a large assortment of fish inside of a big aquarium, buy a number of 5-gallon containers together with lids which seal firmly. Fill the containers with tank water and space out your fish between them, ensuring to not crowd the fish too much in any one container.

Transporting Your Fish

Fish in bags could be packed in Styrofoam in boxes. Fish in containers should be secured within your backseat where they'll shake the least. Be mindful about transport temperature, especially if driving in the summer or wintertime. Bring your fish inside together with you if you should stop at lodging along the route.

Consider Using a Pet Shop

Certain pet stores will actually help you to transport as well as board your fish. This can be the most suitable answer if it may take you some hours to get the aquarium set back up once again in your new house.

Aquarium with You or the Movers

Lastly, choose what you'd like to do with the fish tank. Entirely emptied and thoroughly cleaned out, your movers can deal with it as a specialty item going into the truck itself to Colorado Springs. But, if you could possibly get to the new house ahead of the moving company, you may want to pack the aquarium inside your trunk instead.

Ready to get started planning your move to Colorado Springs, including your plants and fish? Click here to find out how we can help!