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Okay, I'm trying to give away a 9in pleco (PM me if you want 'em). If I need to ship it, how should I? I've been told that the popular Kordon Breather Bags are not an option because the pleco's spines are so sharp.
Oh! It'd take about 2-3 days from here to anywhere in the US to get there, unless the buyer wants to pay A LOT of money.
 

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i'd post that he's up for grabs in the classifieds section. other than that, i haven't shipped fish yet, so good luck!!
Yep, did that. Just wondering once (and if) someone wants him, what to do.
 

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kordon breather bag, wrapped in a couple layers of newspapers, then a bag around that..

Normal bags cound work, but the bag would have to be 18x18 so it could move around and stay submerged.

I also use "bag buddies" to tranqualise fish.
 

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Oh, so it can withstand the spines? That's good! What size should I get? He's 9in long and ~3in at his widest, without his fins flared.
 

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Depending on what the temperatures are like in your area, you may also need to add a heat pack. It is below freezing in a lot of places now.
 

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Well, honestly, I'm not convinced any bag can survive his spines, but every time a poly bag leaks empty, the fish dies. I've recieved fish in empty breather bags anda box full of water, and the fish was fine (for what its worth).

No matter how you mark a box, it will be flipped and rotated in transit. If you have a long fish in a bag thats not big enough, the bag can be flipped so he's out of the water (and in the air portion). Without usung breather bags, the bag needs to be at least 50-75% air. Breather bags can be completely filled with water, even if they do leak.

I strongly advise a styrofoam box. Heat back, I'm not so sure about... Heat backs consume oxygen, and even if you don't go with breather bags, the oxygen in the box will run out and the heat pack will stop working. I think filling the box with good insulation (crumpled up newspaper), then running tapea lo ng the closing edge of the styrofoam to seal it will prevent fast temp changes. Slow temp changes over 72hrs isn't a bad problem.
 
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