Tennessee Aquarium Relocation




Aquarium Relocation Experts | Middle Tennessee

Aquarium Relocation Service

Aquarium relocation isn’t easy. Whether you’re moving an aquarium from room to room, moving down the street, or to a different city? Allow us to worry about the details and everything that goes into moving your aquarium. 

If you decide to do it yourself? Reef Route Aquatics has put together a general checklist and process that will hopefully aid you along the way. 

In the event that you don’t want to do it yourself or you need a helping hand? Please let us know! Further questions may be answered in our Aquarium Moving FAQ section. 

Call or schedule a free consultation today!

Can I hire someone to move my fish tank?

Reef Route Aquatics can help! We offer free consultations. All we need is time for proper planning to be successful.


Due to the nature of moving an aquarium, and all of the complexities that may be involved, it is difficult to layout a structured price list. 

However Reef Route Aquatics will put together a quote, and help you understand all that’s involved so that you will have a worry free experience. 

" It was worth every penny to have them move my 20 gallon planted tank! He took great care of my tank, plants, aquatic life and he gave me advice on how to deal with the algae problem I’ve been having. My moving day is far less stressful now that I know my aquarium has been taken care of! I would highly recommend them for aquarium relocation."

Suggested Equipment

Reef Route Aquatics has put together a list of equipment to help you prepare or prep for your aquarium relocation.  Keep in mind that each move is different, and every situation is unique, so there may be items missing or some items aren’t required. Overall, this is a great way to start, and hopefully helps and gets you thinking about your process.

  • Fishnet
  • Fish bags 
  • Five-gallon buckets 
  • Battery powered air stones
  • Siphon hose
  • Packing supplies
  • Towels
  • Polystyrene boxes or cooler with lid
  • Boxes/crates
  • Moving Blankets
  • Moving dollies  
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Aquarium Relocation

The Tear-Down

  1. Remove decor, plants, and rocks.  as possible. Using 5-gallon buckets with sealed lids is the best option for moving water. (Note or mark water level before completely draining the aquarium)
  2. Unplug heaters and filters
  3. Remove décor, plants, and rocks. 
  4. Collect fish and aquatic life and bag them. Use polystyrene boxes or plastic cooler to hold fish and retain heat.
  5. Remove equipment, filters and heaters. 
  6. Rinse gravel or sand in remaining aquarium water. Collect in 5gallon buckets, or large heavy plastic bags for transport. 
  7. Clean the aquarium.

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Once the aquarium is clean, move it to the vehicle for transport, and pack it up. Larger aquariums may require the use of dollies, or suction cup handles. Wrap the aquarium in towels or moving blankets to protect the corners, and glass.


Aquariums are supported on the bottom four corners. Be careful when strapping or securing the aquarium. Any additional force may compromise the seals, and the tank will not hold water. Straps should be just tight enough to stop the aquarium from shifting. Strapping or bracing should be loose, but not enough to allow the aquarium to roll or shift. 

The Fish

Whenever possible fish should be moved in the cab or passenger area with climate control in mind. If your fish fit in a cooler or polystyrene box this is easy.  

If your fish are larger? They may need a caretaker, with battery operated air stones to make the trip. Remember to use towels to protect your car or truck. Water will most likely splash around, and towels make easy cleanup. 


Reassembly should be the first step upon your arrival, and your first priority. 

  1. Setup the aquarium and stand, making sure it’s level.
  2. Add water to the aquarium and de-chlorinate.  (Fill to level mark before aquarium was drained)
  3. Add gravel or sand
  4. Add the saved water.
  5. Reinstall equipment, heaters and filters.
  6. Turn everything on and check for operation.
  7. Acclimate fish. (20 – 30 minutes)



Check out the list of services we offer. We handle everything from aquarium installations, custom aquarium design, to aquarium cleaning. No matter what you need, we got you covered.

Aquarium Service
Fish tank cleaning can be a job! Have your aquarium cleaned and serviced by an Aquatics Specialist. 
Aquarium Service
Aquarium Installation
Custom aquarium design and setup. Allow our experience to save you time and money.
Aquarium Installation
Aquarium Relocation
Across the room or across town. We're professional aquarium movers? Let us worry about the details. 
Aquarium Moving
Aquarium Monitoring
Monitoring service for a low price. Having a second set of eyes is a great form of redundancy.
Aquarium Monitoring
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Turtle Tank Service
Keeping a turtle tank clean can be a challenge. We also service other semi-aquatic reptiles and animals.
Turtle Tank Service
Aquarium Testing
ICP-OES, lab grading aquarium water testing. We'll help you understand what's going on, and how to fix it.
Aquarium Testing
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Planted Aquarium Maintenance
Aquatic Horticulture Service will keep the conditions prime for plant growth.
Planted Aquarium Service
Reef Tank Service
There a lot more going on in a reef tank,. We can keep everything maintained.
Reef Tank Service
Aquarium Design​
Your dreams are never too far from reality. Imagination, and budget are the only restrictions.
Aquarium Design​
Quarantine Service​
Offerings quarantine services for all types of aquatic life. We’ll deliver the healthiest specimens
Quarantine Service​
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Please stop by Animal City on NW Broad St. They have high quality fish  and their staff is more than helpful!

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Visit Aquatic Critter on Nolensville Road. Huge selection of fish and equipment, and their staff is very knowgledable!