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Old 09-25-2018, 01:22 AM
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So I built a rather large vivarium roughly 1 year ago 36*24*36. I'm 6' tall and on the stand it surpasses me about 1".
Next weekend I'm moving to new house and would really like possible suggestions on how best I could safely move it without breaking it.
It's completely frameless and does have a raised false bottom with a pond.
Forsure I would completely siphon all the water out and was thinking of possibly building a wood frame around the viv out of 2"*2" along with a plywood bottom. Try to slide it onto a raised suzyQ. Rolling it down the hallway, into the elevator and into the back of the truck, and going from there?
When I built the vavirium I did use SCS1201 construction silicone which had the highest tensile strength I could find but still, it doesn't change the fact that it's a glass box with 1 open side and added weight within.

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Default Re: Moving Large Vavirium

That's a great looking vivarium! Good luck on the move! We once moved a custom made frameless 24"x24"48". It also has a raised false bottom. Once the water was drained, we carried it up a flight of stairs and out to our SUV. We did slide it in to the SUV on top of a piece of melamine for ease of sliding and to keep it on a flat surface.
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I would do something similar. 3/4 ply with 2x4s close to the side as you can get. Use them on their sides so you get the most strength not flat. That way you can lift it with handles. At 2 -3 ft that should be plenty strong.

I would protect the corners with Styrofoam & build a crate around it.

I don't know how robust a suzy q is. I used hydraulic lift carts (they look like a mini scissor lift) to move huge aquariums.
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Thanks for the suggestions so far guys, appreciated.
I forgot to add, glass is 6mm 1/4" if I would have known I'd be moving so soon I would have definitely decided on a much smaller scale build lol
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That is a breathtaking vivarium. Wow. I don't blame you for not wanting to tear it down and start over.

I think the frame idea is great. And screw in some sturdy handles to help....along with a couple of strong friends.
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