How to: pack and send fish

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Postby KittyKat » 2005-11-26 21:51

How to pack small to medium fish: <a href='http://www.uniquaria.com/articles/shipping.html' target='_blank'>click here</a>



How to pack snails with trap doors (ex: apple snails, MTS, etc...):

1. do not feed the snails for 24 hours before hand

2. you will need a plastic box (the type used for food storage), synthetic wool (or paper towels), styrofoam, cardboard box, a water tight bag, 20+ hour heat packs (only in cold weather) and snails :wink:

3. fill half the plastic box with moist synthetic wool, place the snails inside and cover with more moist synthetic wool (if using paper towels, wrap each snail individually)

4. make sure that the plastic box is tightly shut and that the snails do not bounce about if the box is shook

5. place the plastic box into the water tight bag (i use one of those sealable ones) just in case there are leaks!

6. now place the bag with the plastic box inside the cardboard box and pack styrofoam around it (+ the heat pack)

7. all ready for sending! don't forget to write "LIVE AQUATIC SNAILS" "THIS SIDE UP" & "FRAGILE" on the box if relevant


if you are recieving the snails:

1. carefully unpack the plastic box

2. take out all the packing, leaving the snails inside. check that they are all alive: if the trap door is slightly open and does not close when you touch it, the snail is very likely dead

3. add a bit of your tank water (from the aquarium the snails will go in)

4. keep adding a bit more every 10 minutes untill the snails are covered, by this time that should have started coming out of their shells

5. turn off the lights in the tank and place the snails inside



Plants: not too hard...

1. Wrap your plants in newspaper

2. Wet the newspaper and the plants until damp

3. Double bag them

4. Place in box

5. Send!
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2005-11-27 22:38

I know the best way of transporting small/medium fish if you're in the car is to suspend the carrierbag between your legs - that way the bag and water just sways - not throws the fish against the side... (Only do so if you are passenger, or have passenger to do for you.)
Otherwise, use a large sealable tub, fill with water, and float bag in. (You can use warm water if tropical too!) This creates the same natural "softbrake" effect.

But - how do I transport larger animals home safely? (In regards to the Axolotl the manageress wants...)
Needs a good airsupply, and don't like being bumped around too much - and they are VERY wiggly.
Ideas?
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Postby KittyKat » 2005-11-28 07:39

lol that was for sending fish :P

to bring larger fish home, you can ask for a styrofoam box so that the minimum temp is lost during transport
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2005-11-28 09:40

Oh lol. It say's small to medium...
Temperature isn't a problem in this case, they prefer it cold.
I might use my quarantine/hospital tank to transport him in - Nick a few inches of their water and pop him straight in there with a dark cover to keep him happy.
Plenty of room/water/air.
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Postby fi$hys » 2006-02-26 17:23

cool thanks 4 that KittyKat
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