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wcugirl 04-23-2009 01:31 PM

Fish and Traveling
Hello, I am a college student and a new person to the world of fishkeeping. I've managed to keep a baby female betta and a goldfish healthy for a month now, but as summer is slowly creeping in, I'm starting to wonder how to bring my new found fish buddies home. I live almost four hours from home where I spend my time during the summer months. My question(s) would be, how would I safely transport these fish without causing too much stress to the fish that would cause them to die? What kind of container should I use?
I appologise in advance if I posted in the wrong section. Thanks for the help.

dramaqueen 04-23-2009 01:38 PM

I don't know about goldfish but you can put the betta in the little cup she came in or a gladware container and transport her in that. If it's really cold, you'll need to keep her warm. You could put her container in a small cooler with a heat pack, like one of those hand or foot warmers. I bought some shipping heat packs for emergencies for when the power goes out so you could use one of those if you can get some. Hope this helps.

Byron 04-23-2009 02:14 PM

Dramaqueen's good advice covered the betta. For the goldfish, I would use a large plastic bag, unused for anything except previous fish transport, and strong (or put 2 or 3 inside each other just in case), half fill it with tank water and force as much air in the top before you seal it. Just like they do at the fishstore. The air in the bag above the water is important. Put the bag in a box or some container so it doesn't flop around, and that is covered so the fish can't see out (sounds silly, but there is logic--what the fish can't see won't stress it as much).

I've moved two large tropical aquaria, and out of 240 fish I only lost 12, and that move had them in the bags of water for nine hours. And I'm not sure whether it was the lack of oxygen (air) in the bags or the cold (this was late November with temperatures just above freezing) or both that claimed the 12.

dramaqueen 04-23-2009 02:18 PM

Make sure that the container the betta is in has a hole for air.

wcugirl 04-23-2009 03:53 PM

I'll keep all of this in mind. Thank you guys for the advice.

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