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How does one go about re-homing their fully equipped aquarium?

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That pretty much works, i was about to include that you could put the fish in a shrimp bucket. I go fishing alot and I have a fish tank. So I get shrimp by the two dozens and I transport them from the bait shop to the pier. And I sometimes keep my fish in the old bucket I have(I have two, one is small, the other one is larger). I also bought a travel bait bucket air pump(it comes with the stone too). It is made for fish or shrimp, but mostly bait fish and shrimp. I think the only problem you would have is temperature and keeping the water still. But it does have a very secure lid, and a little compartment to open on the lid. Because shrimp would try to jump and escape. This may not work for you. But oh well I am happy to contribute. I am not sure though if you have similar products at your local bait shop. Maybe not. I have only seen few. Maybe they have it at bass pro, maybe not, i have not checked. I don't want you to go look and be disappointed so I think its best to go with the first comment below. For the equipment I would say putting them in bags or boxes. And for stuff like the filter put them in their boxes then in another box all together.

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According to Dr. Nick, our fish expert:
"The main problem in transporting fish is providing adequate oxygen to them. When shipping fish, the breeders will put them in plastic bags with 1/3 water and 2/3 pure oxygen. As the fish breathe the oxygen dissolved in the water, new oxygen is added from the oxygen sealed in the bag. Air is only about 20% oxygen, so using pure oxygen in the bag will last 5 times longer than just air.
You could put each fish in its own bag with enough water to comfortably cover the fish, and then add 2-3 times more air as water, and seal the bag. The point of sealing the bag is to keep the water from spilling of course, but also to increase the pressure in the bag, so that the oxygen in the air is more readily dissolved into the water as the fish use up the oxygen in the water.

The bags of fish can then be placed into an ice chest to keep the temperature constant while you travel. The darkness also makes the fish sleep so that their metabolic rate and need for oxygen is reduced. Be sure the water you use in the bag is good for the fish. I recommend preparing the aquarium with water changes prior to traveling so the water quality is good, and then using the water from the aquarium in the shipping bag. You can test the water to be sure it is in the normal range with test strips, or PetSmart stores will test a water sample for you for free. You want to be sure the water is good for the fish, and always use a water conditioner when adding water to your aquarium.

Once you get to your destination, plan on getting the fish out of the bag and into some clean, dechlorinated water as soon as possible. Use an air pump with and air stone in the water to add oxygen, even if you don't have the filter set up. Once you get the whole aquarium set up again, and the filter running, you can add the goldfish back in. The tank will go through the cycling process again, while beneficial bacteria build up to break down fish waste, so you will have to watch the water quality carefully in the new tank over the next 4-6 weeks while it becomes established."

Hope that helps.