Transporting Fish 700 Miles
Hi all, I am still new to the forum and really appreciate the help people have given. I do have a question about transporting my tank. I have a 10 gallon with the following fish, 7 Neon Tetras, 3 Sunburst Platys, 3 Red Wag Platys, and 3 Peppered Cory Catfish. Also a Penguin 100 bio-wheel filter.
A general feeling for what I have read online is to keep the gravel at the bottom of the tank with just enough water to keep it, and the bacterial moist for the drive. Also, transporting the bio wheel and filter in a container with water to keep the bacteria alive.
From there, I don't know what to do with the fish. I had found getting a 5 gallon bucket with an air filter and a heater would be fine, or at the least a battery powered air filter to keep circulation going, with a lit, and stress coat. Is this the best method to move them?
What do I need to do to prep the bucket, like getting a new cup, you can taste the chemicals from the bucket? I am going from Indiana to Washington DC so it will take a good 12 hours to drive. Any advice would be great.
I'm not too sure that a bucket is the way to go. Would it be possible to put them in breather bags with O2 blown in by a local fish store? Then you could put the bags of fish in a styrofoam cooler to keep the temperature as steady as possible.
As far as the media, the goal is to keep it wet and warm. I don't know if they sell a battery-operated heater that is submersible? I would think you'd be able to keep the filter media and biowheel in the tank with the gravel with enough water to keep it all wet. If you want, you could put it all in a rubbermaid so there is a lid.
I haven't ever moved with fish - this information is just from reading.
Try using a cooler instead of a bucket. I use them for all transportation needs. Lids are great.
I use regular fish bags and place them in a cooler. You will probably want a hotish water bottle in their too to keep the temp up if it will be more then a day. It is very important to keep them dark.
When I transported my fish I used a converter plug that went into the cigarette lighter that allowed me to plug in a heater and air bubbler. If you use a heater, then I would suggest a bucket or plastic cooler, but not a styrofoam one.
I feel a heater is a bit unnecessary. Using some warm water bottles between the bags would be much easier. DC/AC car converters are not terribly cheap. Look at it like you are going to ship fish. I'm not sure how long the drive is, but I would expect it to be faster than priority shipping. The only fish you have of concern are the neon tetras. My only experience with breather bags was my worst shipping experience ever. Use regular bags from the LFS 1/3 water 2/3 air, you can stop at the LFS on your way out and ask them to fill the bags with O2 if you want to play it safe.
Do not transport the gravel in the tank. Ideally the tank should be moved empty. You do not want heavy stuff shifting around inside it. Fill it with light stuff. Put the gravel in a bucket and you can keep it damp if you want, it doesn't hold a lot of bacteria though. For the media you are correct to just transport it in a bag. Think of it as a fish, but 1/2 water 1/2 air.
A 12 hour drive should be no problem though, the neons are your only concern. I go to auctions where fish will spend 6-8 hours in their bags on tables being looked over by a few hundred people. I'm sure some of these fish spend 10 hours in their bags in pretty stressful conditions. I've never had a single issue with buying these fish they are always active and healthy. 12 hours in a dark cooler will keep them warm and calm, they should be fine. The number one danger is stress.
Just want to thank everyone for the input, they all made it, plus one of my platys ended up having babies about a week ago, everyone is fine! I ended up using a 5 gallon bucket with gravel and air pump and it worked fine.
Glad to hear everything went good.
Romad, they will probably all be ok unless you keep a ton in the same bucket... guess it depends on fish and size and amount.
Nope. I have less than 30 fish total to move out of the 45 gallon. I'm going to keep the schools of 5 together. One bucket will have 7 fish but that's the max.
Along with 7 betta tanks, its going to be a fun day (groan.....) :-)
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