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JordynMurdock 09-06-2011 11:47 AM

Moving 2 hours away. HELP with moving fish!
 
I am moving back to college which is 2 hours away from where I live now. I have my empty tank over in my apartment where I go to school. The local pet store in my college town does not have Bala Sharks so I plan on getting them here the day I leave, then bringing them with me for the car ride over to my apartment. Is this a safe thing to do? I plan on getting 2 Bala Sharks. Also, how might I go about transporting them?

mangisda 09-06-2011 12:39 PM

If I were to do it, I'd put the fish in an airtight container like a small rubbermaid or tupperware. Poke 2 small holes in the lid. Thread an air tube in one and use a battery operated airpump. Then use a blanket or anything that would insulate the container. If you can find a styrofoam cooler, just stick the fish in, do the poking and threading, then seal the thing up with tape. Just my 2 cents.

k19smith 09-06-2011 02:08 PM

If it were me since it's only 2 hrs I would just take them in the bag you buy them in, 2 hrs really isn't a big deal. I would stick them in a cooler in the bag so the water temp doesn't rise and fall and so the fish are in the dark they will be happier.

BarbH 09-06-2011 02:16 PM

I agree with k19smith, they will be fine for 2 hours in the bag from the store. You might want to have them place them in seperate bags. The major thing is making sure that they don't go through drastic temp changes. Placing their bags in a cooler will help with this. Many people ship fish evey day in bags, and depending on the method use it can take a couple of days and the fish are fine. When setting them up in the new tank at school just make sure that you take the time to acclimate them to both the water temp that the tank is at, and I would also acclimate them to the water from the tank, since it is possible that it may be slightly different from the water at the fish store.

ladayen 09-06-2011 02:42 PM

The problem I see here is.. Apartment, tank, bala shark. When I look at your aquariums it says you have a 29g. This is no where near big enough for a bala shark. Any tank in an aparment is not likely going to be big enough. I would suggest you find other fish. If you click on the shaded names you can see more information.

JordynMurdock 09-07-2011 01:52 AM

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Originally Posted by ladayen (Post 815633)
The problem I see here is.. Apartment, tank, bala shark. When I look at your aquariums it says you have a 29g. This is no where near big enough for a bala shark. Any tank in an aparment is not likely going to be big enough. I would suggest you find other fish. If you click on the shaded names you can see more information.

Well my apartment is plenty big enough to hold a fish tank. It's a good size apartment. And when I was younger my parents had several bala sharks in a tank the same size (29g) and they did fine. Is that still okay?

ladayen 09-07-2011 09:29 AM

Most likely the sharks your parents had were stunted and died well before their expected life capacity. To keep Bala sharks you should have a 125g+

JordynMurdock 09-07-2011 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by ladayen (Post 816589)
Most likely the sharks your parents had were stunted and died well before their expected life capacity. To keep Bala sharks you should have a 125g+

I've read up on them, and heard from a lot of websites that 45-55 is ideal. But the ones we used to have in the 29 lived for a long time and grew big too. We then gave him to my uncle who had a bigger tank.

Mikaila31 09-07-2011 03:30 PM

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Originally Posted by JordynMurdock (Post 816882)
I've read up on them, and heard from a lot of websites that 45-55 is ideal. But the ones we used to have in the 29 lived for a long time and grew big too. We then gave him to my uncle who had a bigger tank.

My parents once had a bala in a 55 gallon and it was anything but ideal.... Your fish will become stunted period. I agree with the 125gal., besides balas should be in groups anyway. Your empty tank will also not be able to hold any fish until it is cycled which takes a month or more usually. I have a 55gallon in my apartment and I certainly would not think it suitable for a active fish that gets around a foot long.


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