Moving House With Your Reptiles or Fish – Presented by AVM Storage and Shipping
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Preparation For The Move of Your Reptile
First, make sure that the rented house or apartment you are moving into fully allows your type of reptile. This can be done by speaking to the estate agent you are moving with or speak to your landlord. This is not relevant if you own the property that you are moving into or there are no restrictions on pets.
Next, make sure that the removal process has been arranged in advance. Start arranging as soon as you know the date of the move. Arrange the container your reptile must be transported in as well as the reptile home itself. Take into account does the transportation container/ reptile home fit in your car, if not arrange a removal service
Moving with reptiles can be very challenging as there are many species of reptile and all required different needs. Firstly consult your vet about your reptile, ensure that it is healthy before attempting to move the reptile. Ask for any advice on the move for your reptiles individual needs.
Keeping Your Reptile Relaxed Throughout The Move
The removal process can be very stressful for the reptile. A couple of days in advance of the move, take the reptile and put it in its travel cage to ensure that it is happy being removed from its home and placed in the travel cage/box. Do this every day leading up to the move. This will help reduce stress levels for your reptile when its the day of the actual move. Make sure there is enough room within the travel cage or box so the reptile has room to move about. Also, make sure that the travel cage or box is well ventilated and the correct conditions are kept within the travel cage to ensure the reptile is comfortable and safe while transporting.
An example for keeping the correct conditions within the travel box is if the reptile such as a turtle. A turtle requires a section of the transportation cage to be wet or underwater and a section to be dry. This can be achieved by having a waterproof box and fill it slightly up with water. Then purchase a turtle basking platform which attached to the waterproof box by suction cups. This is simply a small ramp that allows the turtles to choose when they would like to be within the water and when they would like to be on land. This provides the perfect conditions for the turtle to be transported stress-free. No loose objects should be left within the travel cage or box.
Transporting The Reptile to The New Location
If traveling in the car with your reptile, ensure that the reptile is in a safe location, either sat on a seat fastened with a seatbelt to keep it in place. Another idea is down in the footwell of the car where it is fit very well to stop it from sliding about if there are any emergency breaks throughout the journey. Make sure there are not lots of loose boxes located above or around the reptile to ensure that nothing falls on the reptile box damaging the reptile.
Always bring extra food and water when transporting your reptile as if there are any delays when transporting it ensures that you can keep the reptile from becoming distressed.
Once you have reached the located of your move make sure you set up the actual home of the reptile again making sure that all food and water has been refreshed. It is crucial for the temperature of the cage is correct. This can be achieved by putting a thermometer in the cage. Once the reptile home is at the correct temperature introduce the reptile to its home as soon as possible giving the reptile time to adjust to the change. Try to avoid keeping the reptile near a door or where there is frequent noise. This will help let the reptile settle in and keep the reptile from becoming distressed. Keep to keep to usual feeding times and monitor your reptile to ensure that it is settling incorrectly. Any behavior or feeding issues with your reptile contact a vet for advice.
Moving House With Fish
Ensure that the fish tank is placed in a location with moderate sunlight. If the fish tank is located right on a window it could lead to the rapid growth of algae. Avoid locating the fish tank near a radiator as that would create a consistent temperature and would negatively affect the fish.
The most important factor to ensure the safest possible move for your fish is to make sure that the removal process and transportation of the fish is done as quickly as possible. The fish should be removed from the tank by a net and placed in a transportation carry bag. These transportation bags can be acquired by the local fish retailer. When transporting tropical fish it is crucial that you also purchase a polystyrene box to help keep a consistent temperature within the water within the carry bags. The polystyrene box helps contain the fish in a safe environment where they cannot be harmed.
Removing and Transporting The Fish
When bagging the fish into plastic carry bags make sure you leave the bag about 30-40% water and mostly air this helps maintain the oxygen levels within the carry bag and help ensure that the fish have enough oxygen for the move. Secure the bags with a rubber band tied around the top of the bag as many times as possible to ensure that water cannot leak out the bag. The fish are able to survive in the bag for an hour or two. If you are planning a long journey it would be advised to purchase a transportation tank. This is a tank which is smaller than the actual aquarium but has a carry handle and a small battery-powered pump can be purchased also to help oxinate the water for very long journeys. If care is not taken when transporting the fish it can cause serious harm to the fish can also cause the fish to die.
It is very important for the fish’s wellbeing to try and transport as much of the existing water from the old tank. This can be done by using a transportation tank or a large water container.
Introducing the Fish to The New Environment
When introducing the fish back to the aquarium in the new location it is crucial that you add the ornaments and pump back to the aquarium before the fish are introduced. Add back as much water as possible from the old tank and start the pump to help oxinate the water.
If dealing with tropical fish put the water temperature a degree or two higher than usual to help get the water temperature back to normal quicker. Top up water if needed. Once the water has reached the correct temperature turn the heater back to the correct temperature to avoid for making the water too hot. Add the relevant water agents to make sure the water has the correct PH levels for the fish that have been transported. Use a water tester kit to ensure the water is at the correct quality for the fish being introduced.
Next, get the fish from the polystyrene box and slowly add the fish bags to the aquarium by floating them on the surface of the water of the aquarium. Leave the bag floating on the surface of the water for 20-25 minutes. This allows the water temperature within the carry bag to match the water temperature of the tank. The fish must adjust to the temperature of the tank first before reintroduced to the aquarium. (Keep the tank lights off for now if any) This also allows the fish to get comfortable to the light level within the room. Fish are very light sensitive it can be fatal taking them from a dark box and sticking them directly under sunlight.
Finalizing the Move With Your Fish
Once the bag transportation bags have been left floating on the surface of the water for 20-25 minutes the water within the bag will be around the same temperature. Now it is time to introduce water from the tank to the carry bag. This is done by opening the top of the bag and allowing the bag to fill with tank water. This is crucial to help the fish adapt to the new water quality. Give the fish 5-10 minutes in the bag with half the tank water and half the water it was transported in. If the fish is looking healthy and not acting erratically you can now release the fish to its new home. Check on the fish frequently for the next couple of hours and feed the fish at there normal time on the next day.
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