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September 01, 2018

Methods to Move Your Houseplants and Fish Tanks

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving Plants Professional movers will do everything they can to help you to move specialty items to Little Rock, from paintings to fragile electronics. No matter what the measurements, weight, or difficulty to transport, your movers can most likely handle the project. Nevertheless, there are some things that movers aren't legally allowed to move, and for good reason. Moving trucks are dimly lit, not temperature-controlled, as well as the interior of the truck could go 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 things that are alive such as houseplants and aquariums.

Having said that, simply because things can't go in the truck does not mean we won't help you look after them. Specialty item moving can be a tricky project and we are here to assist you every step of the way. Even with stuff that will have to be moved to Little Rock within your vehicle.

How to Move Houseplants

Look into the Regulations

If you are moving to Little Rock across state lines, make certain all of your plant species are allowed in. Some areas have rigorous laws about bringing in new plant types.

Re-Pot in Light Plastic Pots

Big, weighty, and ceramic pots will not be handy for moving. They're harder to lift and a lot more prone to break unintentionally in the middle of the move. Repot your houseplants in light in weight plastic pots whenever possible to make them far better to move quickly and adequately.

Pack the Soil with Damp Paper

To keep the soil from spilling, pack the very top of your pot with damp paper. This may prevent the soil from drying out and from spilling in your car.

Put in Roomy Boxes with Air Holes

Your houseplants need proper protection and a acceptable growing environment amidst the move. Consider tall boxes like wardrobe boxes for bigger plants. Be sure to pack the pot firmly at the base to avoid slipping while allowing plenty of room for the leaves and stems. You may think about trimming your plants back for the move to Little Rock to make sure they are easier to transport.

Traveling with Your Plants

If you have only a few plants, securing them within your backseat is the perfect option. Otherwise, take into consideration a small trailer for a large bunch of plants. Ensure that you keep your inside of the car a comfortable neutral temperature and you should not water them unless they become very dry. Look out for extraordinary temperatures. In the event you stop along the way, bring the plants inside and open them up to get some light.

Consider Taking Cuttings Instead

If moving your plants may seem like a whole world of work however you still want them in your new home, think about taking small cuttings to restart with and gifting your existing potted collection to friends or perhaps selling them for a little extra moving cash.

How to Move an Aquarium

Pack in Their Water

As you have learned, water in a fish tank is properly balanced for healthy fish so your fish would be better transported within their water. To make sure this water is properly balanced and also as clean as it can be, replace about 20% of the tank water every day for 5 days before the trip and quit feeding your fish for a day ahead of the trip. This should reduce waste within the water making your fish more healthy on the move. Fish can survive for roughly one week with no food if well-fed prior to the move to Little Rock.

For Few Fish, Transport in sturdy Plastic Bags

If you happen to just have only a few fish in a small aquarium, you'll be able to pack them in one or two durable plastic bags. Make sure the bags are full of water from the fish tank. This is the way fish come home from the pet store also it should be safe for the little swimming pets on the way to your new house.

For Many Fish, Separate into 5 Gallon Containers

Should you have a vast assortment of fish in a big tank, buy a number of 5-gallon containers together with lids which seal tightly. Fill the containers with aquarium water and space your fish amongst them, being sure never to crowd the fish very much in any one reservoir.

Moving Your Fish

Fish in bags can be loaded in Styrofoam in containers. Fish inside containers have to be properly secured inside your backseat where they are going to shake the smallest amount. Be cautious concerning transportation temperature, especially if traveling in the summertime or winter. Take your fish inside with you if you happen to stop at hotels along the way.

Consider Using a Pet Store

Certain pet stores will assist you to transport as well as board your fish. This can be the optimal solution when it could take you some hours to get the aquarium set back up again inside your new residence.

Aquarium with You or the Movers

Lastly, determine what you'd like to do with the fish tank. Completely emptied and carefully cleaned, your movers can deal with it as a specialty item going into the moving van itself to Little Rock. But, if you may get to your new residence prior to the moving company, you may want to carry the aquarium tank inside your trunk as an alternative.

Ready to start organizing your move to Little Rock, including your plants and fish? Click here to discover how we can assist!

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
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Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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