01-02-2010, 06:49 PM
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WOW I would really like a couple, but my tank hasn't finished cycling yet. Here's how to ship fish:
If it's winter and you're shipping to somewhere cold, use a heat pack. Check the forecast before shipping. If you have access to compressed oxygen, fill at least 75% of the bag with it. Don't do this if you're shipping labyrinth fish, it will damage their labyrinth organ. If you're shipping a very big fish, use a sedative so they won't use as much oxygen. Be aware that fish with abnormally sharp or long fins might break their bag, so fill it with water and choose the right size bag accordingly. Overnight shipping is best, but it is expensive, so you can use 2nd day shipping, but 3 days is about the max. Don't feed the fish for a couple of days before shipping them, so they won't put as much waste and ammonia in the bag. Finally, decide if you want to guarantee the fish live on arrival. If you do guarantee it and the package gets held up and your fish die, you will be held responsible by the buyer. However, if you do not guarantee the fish live on arrival, less people will be willing to buy from you.
Hope this helps any newbies to shipping!