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Re: Temperature Test
David Ramsey wrote (selectively snipped):
>> Water temp 72 degrees
>> All boxes sealed and set near each other outside in the sun
>> most of the time (some passing clouds)
>> Put outside at 10:00 temp approaching 84 degrees
>> By noon the outside temp had hit 90,
>> at 4:00 it was 93
>> Box with no insulation - water temp 92
>> Box with 3/4" - water temp 88
>> Box with 1-1/2" - water temp 86
So even in the best (tested) case, the water temp rose from a starting point of 72 degrees to 86 during the first day of "the trip."
It's unfortunate the boxes need to be used immediately, because Day Two of this experiment might have been even more disturbing.
Depending on conditions during the night, they might be starting off at daybreak on day two at perhaps 80 or 82 degrees, and (I'd guess) then get somewhat closer to the peak ambient external temperature on Day Two than they did on Day One. By Day Four or Five, there's probably essentially no residual benefit of the original 72 degrees, we're probably seeing just a somewhat lower amplitude version of the daily fluctuations in the ambient temperature ... which is NOT good if it includes some quality time inside a 130+ degree delivery vehicle / mobile crockpot.
Maybe we aren't giving the delivery outfits as much credit as we should for the behind-the-scenes special handling of the fish that do make it !! ?!?! !
But this does perhaps add some additional insight into the previous discussions of the killie population genetics, "wild" strains vs. those that have survived the Darwinian challenges to become viably established in the hobby.
Interesting thread. Maybe we should all be shipping fish in 3 lb. boxes the size of a Volkswagen Beetle.
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