How to Move Your Houseplants and Fish Tanks

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving Plants Professional movers will do everything they're able to to help you move specialty items to Little Rock, from fine art to fragile electronics. No matter what the measurements, weight, or difficulty to carry, your movers can probably handle the task. But, there are certain things that movers aren't legally permitted to move, and for good rationale. Moving trucks are dimly lit, not temperature-controlled, plus the interior of the truck might be unmonitored for several days to greater than a week all through the moving process. This is why movers cannot handle anything living for you, including furniture-like living things such as houseplants and aquariums.

Having said that, because items can't be put into the moving van does not imply we can't help you look after them. Specialty item moving is often a tricky task and we are here to help you all the way. Even with items that will need to be moved to Little Rock within your vehicle.

Ways to Move Houseplants

Look into the Regulations

If you're moving to Little Rock across state lines, make sure your entire plant species are allowed in. Some areas have got rigorous laws about transporting in new plant types.

Re-Pot in lightweight Plastic Pots

Large, heavy, and ceramic pots are not practical for moving. They are more challenging to lift and much more likely to break by accident in the middle of the move. Repot your houseplants in lightweight plastic pots if at all possible so they are far better to move rapidly and successfully.

Pack the Soil with Damp Paper

To help keep the soil from spilling, pack the very top of your pot with damp paper. This will stop the soil from becoming dry and from spilling all over your car.

Put in Roomy Boxes with Air Holes

Your houseplants need proper protection along with a satisfactory growing ambiance throughout the move. Take into consideration tall boxes like wardrobe boxes for bigger plants. Be sure to pack the pot firmly in the bottom to prevent sliding while leaving lots of space for the leaves and stems. You may consider cutting your plants back for the move to Little Rock so they are easier to transport.

Going with Your Plants

Should you have just a few plants, securing them in your backseat is the perfect option. Alternatively, consider a small trailer for your large number of plants. Be sure to maintain the inside of the car a supportive neutral temperature and do not water them unless of course they become very dry. Look out for excessive temperatures. If you stop on the way, bring the plants inside and open them up to have some light.

Consider Taking Cuttings Instead

If moving your plants may seem like an enormous amount of work but you still would like them as part of your new home, take into consideration taking small cuttings to restart with and gifting your current potted collection to friends or maybe selling them to obtain a little extra moving money.

Methods to Move a Fish Tank

Pack in Their Water

As you may already know, the water within a aquarium is properly balanced for healthy fish which means your fish are best transported in their water. To ensure this water is properly balanced but also as clean as possible, replace about 20% from the tank water every day for five days before the trip and quit feeding your fish for a day prior to the trip. This should reduce waste within the water and make your fish more healthy during the move. Fish can survive for roughly 7 days without food if well-fed before the move to Little Rock.

For Few Fish, Transport in sturdy Plastic Bags

If you only have a small number of fish in a tiny aquarium, it is possible to pack them in one or two sturdy plastic bags. Ensure the bags are filled up with water from the tank. This is the way fish get home from the pet shop and it also ought to be safe for the little swimming pets en route to another home.

For Numerous Fish, Separate into Five Gallon Containers

If you have a great bunch of fish within a large fish tank, pick up a number of 5-gallon containers along with lids that secure tightly. Fill the containers with fish tank water and space your fish amongst them, ensuring not to crowd the fish too much in any one reservoir.

Transporting Your Fish

Fish in bags could be packed in Styrofoam in boxes. Fish inside storage containers need to be properly secured inside your backseat where they'll vibrate the least. Be careful about transportation temperature, particularly if driving in the summer months or wintertime. Bring your fish inside along with you if you should stop at lodging along the route.

Think about Working with a Pet Shop

Some pet stores will actually assist you to transport as well as board your fish. This can be the ideal choice when it may take you some time to get the aquarium set back up again inside your new home.

Aquarium together with you or the Movers

Finally, determine what you should do with the aquarium. Fully emptied and adequately cleaned out, your movers can manage it as a specialty item moving in the moving truck itself to Little Rock. Having said that, if you might get to the new house ahead of the moving company, you might want to load up the aquarium tank within your trunk as an alternative.

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