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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-27-2013, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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From NYC to babylon

Hey guys, I should be taking a trip to the city and I just had a quick question. Im looking forward to going to Pacific aquarium but Im worried that if I get something it may not survive the trip back. I guess my question is about how long do you think a fish can last in a sealed bag? Would it help if on the return trip (train to Babylon Village) Could i open the bag to let more oxygen in? Should I ask them to pack the fish in a bigger bag? Sorry for my ramblings, just want to figure this out! Thanks,
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-27-2013, 02:49 AM
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-27-2013, 02:53 AM
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Packed right, a couple weeks. Get some breather bags, tell the vendor what you are doing. Not the Babylon in Iraq, I hope. I've had fish shipped from Thailand, on the Endlers board someone mentioned sending them overseas, they took two weeks to get delivered and were fine. Bigger fish might be a bigger problem, I guess.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-27-2013, 03:02 AM
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Just ask them to add some extra water since you will take awhile to get home. Make sure the bags stay cool so bring an insulated backpack, but if you don't have one it isn't a huge deal. They should put up with a few hours easily.
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They fill each bag of fish with oxygen. The fish should be fine for several hours.

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ask for the fish to be packed in large bags. They'll understand why.

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-27-2013, 02:49 PM
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I've gotten fish from Pacific before and got back home via the bus to north NJ. All I did was ask for an insulating box since it was the middle of winter

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I work in NYC and I've bought fish at lunchtime and then took the train to Massapequa after work and I have never had a problem. So the fish are on the bag more than six hours. Of course, as others point out, it fepends a lot on the size and type of fish you get. What kind of fish are you looking for?
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-27-2013, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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If i did get anything it would most likely be on the smaller size. Also, how's their selection on fancy goldfish? Thanks for all the help guys!
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 04:29 AM
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They always put oxygen into the bags, so it'll last for a day or 2 on smaller fish. Their goldfish selection is decent, not as big now as it is still out of season.
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Cool, I looked on their website and it say they're open all holidays which is nice because I should be heading on monday
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-29-2013, 12:29 AM
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If you think about it, fish spend a couple days sometimes in transit when they are shipped so a couple hour trip should be just fine.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-29-2013, 02:33 AM
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I've transported fish from Virginia up to New York numerous times. Large African cichlids have made the trip bagged up with regular air in regular fish bags on the 6+ hour trip and a few hours on each end getting things settled.

They should be fine in transit just make sure they aren't shaken violently and aren't succeptable to temperature fluctuations. Don't put them next to a heater, engine block, AC vent and you'll be fine.
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