SOOO I'M VERY EXCITED!!!...like in my previous post my fire eel has passed away and I've been in contact with my LFS to order me in a similiar speices.
However..due to being somewhat impatient and overly excited with travel plans..I'll get to my idea:)
I'm from Ontario Canada.. I'll be travelling to Minniapolis Minnisota USA in two weeks . I've spoken with customs boarder crossing officials and made sure that it was possible to import tropical fresh water fish into Canada from the USA for personal aquarium use..and THEY SAID YES!!!! From all my previous knowledge this was a very difficult task..I dont need permits...I DONT EVEN NEED TO CALL AHEAD!!!.
I've transporting my 120 gallon over 9 hours..with stock..(not in the tank) ect...lol but..they all survived so I know it can work. The trip to Minniapoli is only 6 hours so not as long, however we may have a lay over for a night.
I know your probably thinking.."just wait until your stock arrives in your LFS" however..selection and variety have no match to the store I've found.. It has over 1,000 fish in stock!!!HUGE...lol I cannot even phathom lol..I'm pretty much going to be a kid in a candy store..It's a chance I cannot pass up.lol
Basically what I've done in the past to transport fish over 9 hours is to:
Purchase a 15 gallon tuberware container(I have all of these still)..several for that matter as to not cram fish into a tight area.( I generally have seperated species into their own container and similar tank mates that I KNOW get along) I rinse these containers with aquarium salt prior to use and let them air dry for severald days.
I fill it about half way....puncture several holes in the lid..add aquarium water PRIOR to moving(grabbing fish,emptying tank ect) as to limit the amount of debri/waste in the water
Add a heater to the side(I've tested prior to make sure the plastic ect doesn't melt and no chemicals get released). I also have a portable battery powered air pump which can last over 36 hours. I purchase airstones for every container to allow the water to oxygenate itself.
These containers are placed in the backseat of my truck and blankets ect are placed around the containers as to limit the amount they move ect..
This has worked in the past.
This time I'll have to ask the petstore to use their water as I don't want to transport my tank's water 6 hours for no reason.(Unless you think that's a good idea)
Basically,I want to know if someone has /done another method that may prove more successful?