How to move a Betta fish tank? - I’m moving to a different apartment that’s only a few miles away from where I live now. How should I go about moving my betta and his 5 gallon fish tank?
If I drain most of the water out of the tank, would it be safe to leave him in it for the move? Also, will the tank need to be cycled again?
I would not risk leaving your betta in the tank for the move. Even though just a small volume of water will be left in the tank, it will still slosh around enough to batter the poor guy pretty severely Instead, I would recommend transporting the betta in a plastic shipping bag (or a rigid betta cup with lid if you happen to have one around or can source one) partially filled with water from its aquarium, with a good amount of air trapped at the top, and sealed tightly shut with a rubber band.
I would also advise placing the bagged fish in a small cooler or other insulating container for the move, especially if your area gets cold in winter. With respect to the aquarium itself, I would drain most of the water into a 5-gallon lidded bucket and take it with you to fill the tank again at your new apartment. Leave just enough water in the tank to keep the substrate wet. That will help preserve as many nitrifying bacteria as possible. If you move decisively, and barring any unforeseen delays, you should be able to make the transition without needing to cycle the system again.