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Old 09-17-2019, 07:41 PM
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I assume it's okay to move a vivarium. I have a bio-active 18x18x18 exo-terra that I would like to move. What is the safest way to move the tank? Is there a possibility of it breaking because of the weight of the substrate, hydroballs, etc.
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Old 09-17-2019, 09:16 PM
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I assume you're moving it a short distance and not "moving" moving. Get another person if you can. The extra set of hands will help with the weight and keeping it in one piece.
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I assume you're moving it a short distance and not "moving" moving. Get another person if you can. The extra set of hands will help with the weight and keeping it in one piece.
yeah I just want to move it to a different part of the room. But now you really have me worried that it might break. I will have help moving it but is there anything I need to do to ensure the bottom doesn't break.
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Old 09-19-2019, 09:12 PM
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it should be fine, most importantly try and keep the tank level and flat while moving it to prevent the tank for torquing and cracking.

two people is highly recommended.
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No worries! I'd take the frogs out if you can and be thoughtful of any rocks or heavy objects that could fall against the side glass. I moved six 18x18x24s and several other tanks 1600 miles with no I'll effects. They seem to be built fairly well. Good luck!
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Old 09-20-2019, 03:40 AM
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Don't take the frogs out. Extra stress for them and you. Just get a helper and slowly, gently move it with no twisting. That tank is small enough you shouldn't have *any* problems. FWIW; I moved a 36x18x36 exo from Alaska to Oregon without it breaking, so you should be fine .
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Old 09-21-2019, 12:59 AM
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If the way can be made smooth, and taking acount whether its linoleum, hardwood or a carpeted floor sliding it is a safe method, and so is being able to slide it or set it on a hand truck, task cart or a rolling board. Using felt tabs, cardboard, and cushioning, a pad of towels or bubble wrap, is how ive done it being a small person sometimes short of help at the moment.

There is nothing wrong w being careful. Stress fractures sometimes don't consummate right away and they happen with sudden un evenness of heavy weight.

also, brittle against brittle percussion breaks glass with very modest impact. Avoid the potential.
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