The best way to Move Your Houseplants and Fish Tanks

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving Plants Professional movers do everything they can that will help you move specialty items to Little Rock, from art work to fragile 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 are not legally allowed to move, and for good purpose. Moving trucks are dark, not temperature-controlled, as well as the interior of the truck could go unmonitored for several days to more than a week over the moving process. For this reason movers cannot manage anything living for you, including furniture-like things that are alive like your houseplants and aquariums.

But, simply because stuff can't go in 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 help you all the way. Even with items that will need to be moved to Little Rock in your own 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 have strict laws about transporting in new plant types.

Re-Pot in Light Plastic Pots

Large, heavy, and ceramic pots aren't convenient 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 possible to ensure they are safer to move quickly and successfully.

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 along with a satisfactory growing environment amidst 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 leaving lots of space for the leaves and stems. You might 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 just a few plants, securing them into your backseat is the perfect choice. Alternatively, take into consideration a small trailer for your large collection of plants. Be sure to keep your inside of the car a supportive neutral temperature and don't water them unless they end up very dry. Watch out for extreme temperatures. In the event you stop along 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 would like them as part of your new home, think about taking small cuttings to restart with and gifting your present potted collection to friends or even selling them for a little extra moving money.

Ways to Move an Aquarium

Pack in Their Water

As you may have learned, the water within a aquarium is properly balanced for healthy fish which means your fish are best transported in their own water. To ensure this water is correctly balanced but also as clean as possible, replace about 20% of the tank water each day for five days prior to the trip and stop feeding your fish for 1 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 about 7 days with no food if well-fed ahead of the move to Little Rock.

For Few Fish, Transport in sturdy Plastic Bags

If you only have a small amount of fish in a tiny aquarium, it is possible to pack them in a single or two stable plastic bags. Make sure the bags are full of water out of 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 vast assortment of fish within a big aquarium, pick up several 5-gallon containers with lids which secure tightly. Fill the containers with aquarium water and space your fish between them, being sure 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 within your backseat where they will vibrate the least. Be cautious with regards to transportation temperature, particularly if traveling in the summertime or wintertime. Take your fish inside with you if you happen to 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 most suitable answer if it may take you some time to get their fish tank set back up once again in your new residence.

Aquarium together with you or the Movers

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

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