How to Move Your Houseplants and Fish Tanks

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving Plants Professional movers are going to do everything they're able to to help you to move specialty items to Colorado Springs, from art work 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 will not be legally permitted 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. This is why movers cannot handle anything living for you, including furniture-like alive items like your houseplants and aquariums.

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

How to Move Houseplants

Look into the Regulations

If you're moving to Colorado Springs across state lines, make sure all of 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 aren't practical for moving. They are more challenging to lift and more likely to break inadvertently amidst the move. Repot your houseplants in light in weight plastic pots whenever possible so they are far better to move swiftly and successfully.

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 car.

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. Make sure to pack the pot snugly at the base to circumvent slipping while giving plenty of room for the leaves and stems. You might think about cutting your plants down for the move to Colorado Springs so they are easier to transport.

Traveling with Your Plants

Should you have not many plants, securing them within your backseat is the perfect solution. Otherwise, take into consideration a small trailer for your large number of plants. Be sure to maintain the inside of the car a comfortable neutral temperature and don't water them unless 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 get some light.

Consider Taking Cuttings Instead

If moving your plants seems like an enormous amount of work but 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 even selling them to obtain a little extra moving cash.

How to Move a Fish Tank

Pack in Their Water

As you already know, water inside of a fish tank 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 it can be, replace about 20% from the tank water each day for 5 days before the trip and stop feeding your fish for 1 day ahead of the trip. This will 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 amount of fish in a small fish tank, it is possible to pack them in one or 2 sturdy plastic bags. Be sure the bags are filled with water from the 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 a new home.

For A Lot Of Fish, Separate into 5 Gallon Containers

Should you have a vast assortment of fish in a large tank, buy a number of 5-gallon containers together with lids which seal firmly. Fill the containers with aquarium water and space out your fish between them, being sure to not crowd the fish a lot in any one carrier.

Transporting Your Fish

Fish in bags are usually packed in Styrofoam in boxes. Fish in containers should be secured within your backseat where they will shake the smallest amount. Be mindful about transport temperature, especially if driving in the summertime or winter. 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 in reality help you to transport and even board your fish. This can be the most suitable solution if it will take you some hours to get the aquarium set back up once again in your new house.

Aquarium with You or the Movers

Finally, choose what you'd like to do with the fish tank. Completely emptied and thoroughly cleaned out, your movers can deal with it as a specialty item going into the moving 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 tank 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!