they are starting to get really big- most are over an inch now... is there a way to ship fish? I'm thinking of selling some to a few freinds, maybe give some away on pft [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
You can ship fish easily but you might want to wait until warmer weather. You need to get some extra thick styrofoam boxes. Your vet is usually a good source as he gets them with medicine shipments. You want a box that is 1.5 to 2 inches thick. Then get a proper sized cardboard box to put it in. Don't feed the fish for 24 hours before you send them. Make up some water in a clean bucket exactly like the water they are in and bubble it overnight so it is well oxygenated. Get some plastic bags from your LFS. Double bag the fish by placing the fish in one bag and sealing it and then putting it in the second bag but putting it in the opposite direction so you can use the outside bag to fold over the inside bag's corners and have a rounded bottom. Seal each bag with a couple of good rubber bands. The bag should have 1/3 water and 2/3's air. If you cannot just grab the air in the bag then use an airline from your pump to fill the bag. Put the bags in the styro box and fill in the spaces left loosely with styro peanuts. Tape the top of the styro box and then tape up the cardboard exterior box. Mail the fish using Priority or Express Mail and Saturday morning is usually the best day and time to ship. If you have any more questions just ask.
There is also a breathable bag that can be used too but I have not tried it yet. it is becoming popular. You fill it to the top and oxygen can move into the water filled bag from outside without the water leaking out -- pretty amazing.