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Re: How to ship fish?
Doug Karpa-Wilson wrote:
> >We use plastic fish bags instead of cups, the postal service does not always
> >keep the box upright and water will spill from a cup.
> err... by "cup" I meant the old, non-metric measure of volume....! Thanks
> for the info, about the relative volumes of air to water. Doesn't the
> water quality drop pretty fast with so little water, or doesn't it make a
It makes a huge difference. By not feeding, the ammonia produced is way
down. Adding a triple dose of ammonia absorber, like "Amquel" nicely takes
care of the rest. All other water quality issues are unimportant, by
comparison. [Assuming you don't shock the fish by dunking them in water with
radically different tds than their tank water. BTW, I *never* ship in any
Don't use freezer bags, as they don't "breathe." That's exactly how they
stop freezer burn. Use 1.5 mil fish bags. Tie, don't use rubber bands (long
bags help), and always double bag. Never overfill with air as it expands a
lot, even in pressurized aircraft. "Soft is good!" Drum tight may be cute
lfs practice, but don't try to ship that way.
Double-bagging also closes corner traps that otherwise sometimes kill
Put all bags inside a thin kitchen garbage bag, so paper, popcorn, etc.,
used for cushioning can't wick any water away from a leaking bag. A bag in a
puddle keeps some water. A bag without outside water may drain totally. [The
fish can resent that and refuse to swim afterwards. :-)]
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