Methods to Move Your Houseplants and Fish Tanks

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving Plants Professional movers do everything they are able to to help you move specialty items to Little Rock, from fine art to delicate electronics. No matter what the dimensions, weight, or difficulty to handle, your movers can most likely handle the work. However, there are some things that movers aren't legally allowed to move, and for good purpose. Moving trucks are dim, not temperature-controlled, as well as the interior of the truck could go unmonitored for several days to greater than a week over the moving process. For this reason movers cannot manage anything living for you, including furniture-like living things such as houseplants and aquariums.

But, just because stuff can't be put into the moving truck does not imply we're not able to assist you to take care of them. Specialty item moving is a tricky job and we're here to be of assistance all the way. Even with items that will have to be moved to Little Rock within your vehicle.

Methods to Move Houseplants

Verify the Regulations

Should you be moving to Little Rock across state lines, be sure all your plant species are permitted in. Some areas possess strict laws about transporting in new plant types.

Re-Pot in Light Plastic Pots

Large, heavy, and ceramic pots are not handy for moving. They are more challenging to lift and more apt to break by mistake in the middle of the move. Repot your houseplants in light and portable plastic pots if at all possible to make them safer to move quickly and efficiently.

Pack the Soil with Damp Paper

To help keep the soil from spilling, pack the top of your pot with damp paper. This will prevent the soil from drying and from spilling all over your car.

Put in Roomy Boxes with Air Holes

Your houseplants need proper protection and a passable growing atmosphere during the move. Consider tall boxes like wardrobe boxes for bigger plants. Make sure to pack the pot tightly at the base to circumvent sliding while allowing plenty of room for the leaves and stems. You may think about trimming your plants down for the move to Little Rock so they are simpler to transport.

Traveling with Your Plants

When you've got only a few plants, securing them into your backseat is the perfect answer. Alternatively, think about a small trailer for your large number of plants. Be sure to keep your inside of the car a supportive neutral temperature and don't water them unless of course they end up very dry. Watch out for extreme temperatures. In the event you stop on the way, bring the plants inside and open them up to receive some light.

Consider Taking Cuttings Instead

If moving your plants seems like a whole lot of work nevertheless you still want them as part of your new home, consider taking small cuttings to restart with and gifting your present potted collection to friends or perhaps selling them to get a little extra moving money.

Ways to Move an Aquarium

Pack in Their Water

As you may have learned, the water within a fish tank is properly balanced for healthy fish which means your fish would be best transported in their own water. To make sure this water is correctly balanced and also as clean as possible, replace about 20% of the tank water every day for five days prior to the trip and stop feeding your fish for one day prior to the trip. This may reduce waste within the water and make your fish more healthy during the move. Fish can survive for approximately a week with no food if well-fed ahead of the move to Little Rock.

For Few Fish, Transport in sturdy Plastic Bags

If you just have a small number of fish in a tiny aquarium, you can pack them in a single or two stable plastic bags. Make sure the bags are full of water from your aquarium. This is the way fish come home from the pet shop and it also ought to be safe for your little swimming pets en route to another residence.

For Many Fish, Separate into Five Gallon Containers

If you have a large assortment of fish within a large aquarium, purchase several 5-gallon containers with lids which secure tightly. Fill the containers with tank water and space your fish between them, ensuring not to crowd the fish very much in any one reservoir.

Transporting Your Fish

Fish in bags can be packed in Styrofoam in boxes. Fish inside storage containers have to be properly secured in your backseat where they will vibrate the least. Be careful with regards to transportation temperature, particularly if traveling in the summertime or winter. Bring your fish inside along with you if you stop at lodging en route.

Take into consideration Using a Pet Shop

Some pet shops will in reality help you to move and in some cases board your fish. This can be the ideal answer if it may take you some time to get their fish tank set back up once again in your new home.

Aquarium together with you or the Movers

Lastly, determine what you should do with the aquarium tank. Completely emptied and carefully cleaned out, your movers can manage it as a specialty item going into the moving van itself to Little Rock. But, in case you may get to the new house ahead of the moving company, you may want to pack the aquarium tank inside your trunk as an alternative.

Ready to get started planning your move to Little Rock, including your plants and fish? Click here to find out how we can assist!