Octopus Overnight Shipping (Octopus Prime's new home)

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I think some people put the bag in a container not the other way around. But it's a water tight container just incase the bag breaks.
 

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gholland;119121 said:
Tape the ice pack to the underside of the styrofoam lid. That way it won't directly contact the water portion of the bag and make it too cold, but it will keep the air inside the container cool.

great idea.
 

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I just moved into a new apartment and i'm currently setting up for an octo. I'm not planing on staying here any longer than my lease requires me to (its a friggin studio). And i'm planning on just moving to a bigger apartment in the same complex, so pretty much the most i'd need is transportation for around 500 feet to the next building over. Any recommendations? Mikewise's plan sounds pretty cheap and not very time consuming, but do I need more than a bag with some O2?

-Keith
 

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If it's that short, the octo can probably move in a bucket of water. Moving the tank is more of a concern, in that it sometimes stirs up the sand and such enough that there's a "mini cycle" that throws the water quality off for a little while. There are people who have done that successfully who can probably offer some specific advice.
 

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sweet. yea im not sure if it'd be better to try to carry the tank with a few people or try and put it on a dolly with inflatable tires. that way i figure i could keep the tire pressure low and avoid a lot of movement from bumps and whatnot.
 

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We helped move a 65 across town by dumping most of the water into buckets, packing the LR in wet newspaper and keeping the corals and fish in their own water and leaving the sand with as little water as we could easliy drain. This allowed the sand not to shift about (the setup was over 10 years old so stirring it could have been a real problem). The whole process took maybe 5 hours from dump to refil and everything survived.
 

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dwhatley;119526 said:
We helped move a 65 across town by dumping most of the water into buckets, packing the LR in wet newspaper and keeping the corals and fish in their own water and leaving the sand with as little water as we could easliy drain. This allowed the sand not to shift about (the setup was over 10 years old so stirring it could have been a real problem). The whole process took maybe 5 hours from dump to refil and everything survived.

wow! that sounds like quite a feat
 

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Keith;119288 said:
I just moved into a new apartment and i'm currently setting up for an octo. I'm not planing on staying here any longer than my lease requires me to (its a friggin studio). And i'm planning on just moving to a bigger apartment in the same complex, so pretty much the most i'd need is transportation for around 500 feet to the next building over. Any recommendations? Mikewise's plan sounds pretty cheap and not very time consuming, but do I need more than a bag with some O2?

-Keith

very cool! i was in exactly the same place one year ago. I had been reading about octopuses here for a few months and was just getting ready to take the plunge and commit to all the reading, learning and buying that was going to be entailed. I know i was a little foolhardy, but Octopus Prime was not only my first ceph, but also my first saltwater tank.

I learned so much from the experience and it was so worthwhile. But all i can say is don't rush things or cut corners. Read everything you can and consult people you trust, while being willing to disregard others :roflmao:

The lease thing crossed my mind at the beginning, but i knew i would work it out. Dont worry about it too much, but remember that moving a tank, especially if you still have livestock, ESPECIALLY if you have an emotional attachment to the livestock, is really really hard. Since i couldnt break my tank down before i shipped OP to D, and the shipping took place only a few days before my move, I ended up having to give away about a $1000 worth of equipment, because i couldnt find anyone who wanted to buy the LR, LS, tank etc. even with the rock priced at $2/pound. I ended up giving it all to someone who was starting his first marine tank, so that charitable cirle-of-life feeling kicked in a little, but damn. I would definitely reccommend starting the process a good month before you actually plan on moving. I really lost out because i waited too long.

for a move across town, the complicated drilling, bagging and boxing would not be so necessary, as others have pointed out. all the stuff i went through was to prepare OP for being shipped via UPS air. I dare say that is a bit further from an octo.'s environment of evolutionary adaptedness than being moved in a bucket 500 ft. The main concern with that kind of move, as the others have mentioned, is trying to leave you tank undisturbed enough as not to cause an ammonia spike. I've never attempted it, but it sounds really hard.
 

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