Today marks the third week I have had my fish tank (first ever for me!) established in my college dormitory. The issue of transporting my fish from here back to my home (which is an 8 hour drive) has always been on my mind. Unfortunately, as time ticks ever closer to my first break I still have yet to figure a safe way of doing so.
My 10 gallon currently houses 2 young goldfish (one fantail i purchased at Pet Smart, one comet won from a carnival fair). Honestly, I am already considering replacing these fish because I know they are going to eventually outgrow the tank, however, keeping them alive and healthy comes first.
I originally planned to keep my fish here in the dorm for my short breaks (ranging from 5 days to a little over a week) since I've read that fish can go days without feeding. If worst came to worst, I would have gotten an automatic feeder. Sadly, university rules dictate that I must unplug all electrical appliances during breaks, and that I must bring pet fish home.
With that said, any and all advice that can be offered from the Fish Forum community to aid me in this dilemma will be greatly appreciated.
Some issues to address:
1. Suggested way of transporting fish (an 8 hour drive) home for 3 breaks (2 one-week breaks, 1 three-week break).
I do not have a tank back home but I plan on purchasing a 3-5g to house my fish while I am staying at home (I hear Marineland Eclipses [3 or 6] are good). Also, I am probably going to take the bus back home, eliminating the convenience of bringing a lot with me for the trip (unless I can get my father to drive me! haha)
I am relatively familiar with the process of transporting the entire tank to another location(via internet research), but I am hoping that isn't necessary until I move out of my dorm at the end of the academic year when space can be afforded with my father's car for buckets and etc.
2. Tips for establishing a temporary tank for back home.
3. Tips for maintaining beneficial bacteria over the breaks.
4. Best way to "replace" (rid and disown sound so mean!) Goldfish (selling, trading etc).
5. Advice for replacement fish.
I plan on establishing a tropical tank (I already ordered a heater!) but that won't happen at least until next year when I live in on-campus apartments where the transportation of fish won't be much of an issue, since there are no "bring fish home" and "unplug" rules.
6~7 zebra danios (in hopes they will school/shoal)
1~2 dwarf gouramis (centerpiece, 2 because 1 by itself would be lonely :[ )
3~4 cory catfish (bottom feeders to aid in the pick-up of any food that was left)
Is that a good combination, and would the numbers be plausible for a 10g tank?
Thanks for your time and words of advice!