No worries ab not responding quickly! (I ended up starting a thread yesterday too, just in case) so, yea, I have some heat wrap things for a 'just in case' (either for me, or for my boys) so, I decided I would play it by ear, and just check in on them every so often, I have some thermometers for my orchids, with a "probe" on a long cord, so I will put the probe in the cooler, and put the screen (? Not sure what to call that part lol.. It shows the temp & humidity of the air) over by the steering wheel so I can glance at that often! :) (it's an 8 hour trip, so I'm not wanting to stop more than I have to, but I will, when needed) Thanks!
If they aren't too expensive then why not get one? Wait until you are on the road and check about 30, 45 minutes after you left to see the temp of the fish... if they are cold then you can use it, if not then hold onto it in case you need it later.. and if you don't use it for the fish, maybe you can use it for yourself some day lol :)
And any time :) Sorry about not responding sooner this time around..
Thank You so much! I had checked the sloshing, it is water-tight as long as it doesn't sit upside down...so it's good there... I will drill a couple holes in the tops of the containers, thanks for the advice! :) I had a weird thought... I have no idea where to get those heat packs (for shipping, or glove warmers) this time of year (in NC) so I thought about those "Therma-Care" heat wraps, u use them for sprains & strains, like a mobile heating pad, they are worn stuck to your body, directly to ur skin, so not too hot (I guess like glove warmers?) but obviously I would wrap them in newspaper if I used them for my boys, & not touching their containers... Do u think that would work instead of the heat packs? These "wraps" last for 8 hours, so it's good timing (I've worn them b4 - helpful for us ladies - and they r warm for the full 8 hrs, so it would take maybe 9 or so hrs to get cool) Thank You again for taking the time to help me! :)
Keep in mind larger containers may "slosh" around a bit more, so I would test them out if you can.. just fill it with water to the point you wish and move it back and forth to simulate turning, stopping, etc. I would get a heat pack and keep an eye on the temp during the trip - use an internal thermometer to check every so often and if it gets below 70 then use the heat pack and check to make sure it doesn't get too warm as well. Wrap the heat pack in one layer of newspaper. As for the air I would drill or poke a few smaller holes in the lids of the containers if you can, just one or two in the middle would work. If you can't cut holes into the lid then I recommend refreshing their air (removing lid and replacing it) pretty often - no more than 30 minutes at a time.
Can use towels to wrap around the containers as well - the dark will help keep them soothed and will help keep them warmer so that you may not need to use the heat pack.
Hey! I was just reading ur "emergencies and your betta" thread, and had a couple of questions... Would start a thread, but I'm not sure it would get answered in time... I'm going out of town for the whole summer, & am taking my 2 bettas, I have two 1gal Hefty brand plastic containers (water-tight, yet not ~quite~ water-proof, won't leak if kept upright) & the temps here for tomorrow (travel day) r highs of 68* lows of 52* ... Where I'm headed, (beach) it will be high of 68*, lows: 63* prob. warmer, it's an 8 hour drive, and I have a cooler to keep them in, should I have a heat pack in the cooler? And how long will their air last -if I leave about 1.5" to 2" in. of airspace? (container size is 9"L x 6.5"W x 6"H) *Thank You* so so very much! I hate to dump this on you, but this is the 1st time traveling w/ my fishies, I leave wens/thurs, and I didn't think of everything! :/