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Old 02-12-2010, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Hi,

I am thinking about moving back home to California later this year (might be next year) and I am concerned about my aquarium! The other year when I moved from CA to IL I transported my fish in my own car, which is something I am trying to avoid this time around. The fish made it all fine, but I need the room and also am planning on making it a longer road trip.

So, does anyone have experience with overnight fish/pet transport? recommendations?

Some of you will suggest to re-home the fish but I have grown quite attached to them. One particular goldfish I have had since she was young, 4-5 years ago, watched her grow up and spawn, etc.

Also, anyone ever shipped their tank? Experiences? Recommendations?

Thanks in advance~
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Old 02-13-2010, 06:03 AM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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I've never shipped fish myself. I would talk to some nearby pet shops, they may have some advice and they might give/sell you some of the styrofoam shipping boxes with lids. Also, you may want to add some additives to the shipping water such as stress coat or methlene blue depending on the type of fish, also consult the shop.

Unless it is large or unique, you may want to just ship the light/hood and filters and buy an identical (or taller) tank after the move, research the expenses involved if you can. I would buy new gravel. If you do move the tank, remove anything heavy such as gravel or rocks, from inside. You may fill the tank with very lightweight items use the space though.

Good luck with the move!
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Old 07-11-2010, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Between Heaven And Hell.
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This may sound odd, but for short distances, I use a cool box.
The reason for this, is that if you cool fish down, they get less stressed and need less oxygen added to the water, but do make sure it is set to cold.
Obviously this is for if you move them yourself.
I wouldn’t trust anyone but myself to move my pets.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:59 AM
 
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This is an old thread, not sure if the OP is still around. I've purchased a lot of fish from members on a fish forum I belong to, and they ship the fish in "breather bags" by Priority Mail. Last year the PO delayed the priority shipping for whatever reason one time, and it took EIGHT days for me to receive my fish. Unbelievably, all the fish arrived alive. Also, depending on the weather, you can include a heat or cold pack specifically for shipping fish.
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I'm still around, lol. Although my circumstances have changed. I've decided to postpone my move back to CA. But sadly, the last of my prized goldfish have died - in turn, I sold my tank
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