So in 6 days I will be driving 4.5-5 hours away to move into the dorms where I will be staying for 4 months while I attend an accelerated Paramedic course.
I don't want to leave my fish behind, though it is an option and my Father could take care of them while I'm away.
My question is can these fish even survive such a move?, with the limited resourced I have used to move them short distances?
Here are a few important considerations:
I have absolutely no money to spare to purchase any new equipment, I am broke.
I have successfully moved my fish 3 Times in the last year and a half.
The equipment I use is;
1 huge culligan tank 18.9 liters
This I fill with water from the aquarium.
1 large Tupperware container 11.3 liters apx 40x28cm and apx 15 cm tall
This is what the fish and snail are transported in with aquarium water.
1 insulated lunch pouch, that almost encapsulates the fish transport Tupperware.
1 huge plastic bin that I place the transport insulated Tupperware in.
1 more huge plastic bin that I place all the aquarium supplies in.
My aquarium is transported mostly drained of water.
Note I do Not have any portable environmental regulation equipment, aerorator, heater, filter. Nor do I have the ability to obtain them.
My aquarium is an 18 Gal.
My Fauna are currently
2 GloFish Tetras
2 Natural Skirt Tetras
1 Neon Tetra
1 Albino Cory
1 Emerald Cory
1 Inca Snail
And numerous unidentified snails that have infested and are Expendable(though I am rather fond of them). These particular snails will be left in the tank during transport.
My Flora consists of
And a few other plants whose names I have forgotten.
I plan to leave them all in the tank during transport, I am certain most the plants will survive, though I may have to leave more water in than I do during short transports.
What do you all think, are my fish and Inca Snail likely to survive transport of apx 5 hours with no aeroration and heat regulation in a fairly small Tupperware?
Should I run a tube and blow air in manually, which is complicated, humans exhalation is
4% to 5% by volume more carbon dioxide and 4% to 5% by volume less oxygen than was inhaled, which is RA and is only around 21% O2 to begin with, and the continued infusion of exhalation could potentially shift the water ph to an unhealthy level.
That is from what I understand.
Bump: I meant to post on here sooner about this but i have been overwhelmed preparing for this course, re-read my EMT book, getting vaccinations and immunity tests, studying with apps, skimming through an old paramedic book, working, a girl friend that took too much of my time up, and wham here I am 6 days left and barely ready but excited.
Here is the equipment I described
Here are some pics of the aquarium
And here is a link to the photo album
The Planted Tank Forum - Dagon's Album: Atlantis Aquarium
Note I measured the containers and updated my post to the correct specifications