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Plumkin 08-24-2011 02:34 AM

How much is it to ship fish 2 hours away?
So I'm selling my breeding pair of angels and was curious how much is it to ship them just 2 hours away ?

will they be fine for 2 hours in there lil box or will it get to hot, cold? how will i know what to do for sure whats the best way to ship fish?

TexasTanker 08-24-2011 07:25 AM

In General, even if it's two hours away, the package gets routed to a central location then sent to it's destination. I shipped something local and holy cow, it went all the way to Philly then back here. So don't expect them to get a straight shot. Fish get shipped all the time and do well. Go to a fish store and see how they ship there's. Then hit them up for a couple bags and some insulation.

OR you can sell them locally and avoid the risk.

BarbH 08-24-2011 10:41 AM

As said by the OP anything that is shipped still needs to go to the central distrubution center before it can be shipped out, mail, fedex, ups. Depending this could take a day to a couple of days depending on the method used. If the person who is interested in buying is only two hours away I would suggest them picking up the fish, you will spend less in gas than what it would cost to ship and less stress on the fish. If you don't want them coming to your place than you can always set up a meeting place some where in a public parking lot.

k19smith 08-25-2011 11:38 PM

Shipping fish is very easy but I've never dealt with angel's. I go to home depot or lowes and get foam sheeting like they insulate houses with I pay $12 a sheet and you can get a lot of boxes out of that maybe 10-15 or more. I cut the sheeting down inside my boxes and make a cooler 4 sides a top and a bottom, do not feed your fish for 2-3 days before shipping so they don't pollute there bags. double bag each fish separately with plenty of air (don't blow in the bag just run your hand down the bag to get the air), place in cooler box with packing peanuts newspaper bubble wrap so it's tight the bags are not flopping around seal up box and ship your fish. If it is hot or cold you can add heat/cool packs. You can also use kordon breather bags to be extra careful. Depending on the size of your fish and how much water you place in the bags 2hr shipping should run you between $5-$15. I use USPS and have never had any problems, I've heard fedex is really good but I refuse to use the as they have damaged many of my packages.

Plumkin 08-26-2011 02:54 PM

thanks for all the advice :D!

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