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Shipping and Caliifornia arrivals
Bill Shenefelt Here.
I am curious of the experiences of others in
shipping fish into California. I have shipped over a hundered boxes of
fish from the Pittsburgh, Pa. area in the last 18 months and rarely lose any
fish, except those in shipments to California. I have lost a significant
number of fish in 6 shipments total this past year, four to California (but
that is four aout of four!). This past weekend I shipped to Washington
State, Tenn, Colorado, Ohio, and California. (I have had a loss of maybe one
fish in a box of 12 to 18 fish but it is rare, maybe 2 or 3 occurrences
total and is not counted in the six shimpmets I note as having
Lost 6 of 11 fish in the one to California and none
in any of the others. The only 2 shipments I ever made into California as
a success were by express mail.
I do not think it is me. I ship on Sat
morning immediately after packing, all single fish per bag (3" or 3.5" by 14"
bags, bag pair in a 6" outer bag), 2 day fasting prior to bagging, approx 2 to 3
oz of water-pH below 6.6 and 5X that vol of air, double bag, styro box,
priority mail. Boxes are tape sealed (styro) and usually styro box is
inside a cardboard box, also tape sealed. I do not use heat packs.I avoid
shipments when over 78 degrees daytime or below 44 degrees at night in the
source and destination area forcasts.
The fish almost always arrive on Monday by early
afternoon or even in the AM since the PO does work on Sunday, it is just not
open to public patronage most places. I do ship Sat since I can bag right
before shipping and not the evening before shipping. Saves a day in the
Any others with similar experience with shipping