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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping fish in temporary container?

I live in the middle of no where, more than 200 km from my lfs.

We are getting up early tomorrow morning to go into town for a doctor appt for me at 10:30. We have to leave around 7:30 am because we have to drop our dogs off at daycare and drop into the lfs to return my pleco (mistake to get him )

My question is: is there anyway I can get him out of the tank tonight and then just grab the container in the morning?

I have a plastic container that is about 2 gallons. He is about 4 inches long right now. I have an air stone that I can hook up for him, but my extra heaters are both 150 W.

I am just thinking about how much of a hassle it will be tomorrow morning trying to catch him.

Is there any way at all that I can keep him happy in a smaller container over night? He will be in the container 13-14 hours all told.
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I would think it would be fine, just use tank water and an air stone. People do ship fish in bags so I would think that would be fine for a night. I have transported fish in a cooler with a portable air pump several hours and had no deaths.
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Thank you. I won't be able to use the air pump during the drive as I don't have a battery operated one, but that will be less than 3 hours.

I will use tank water and wrap a towel around the container to keep the water from dropping in temp too fast.

Should I do a quick water change with more tank water in the morning since these guys poop so much?
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Should I do a quick water change with more tank water in the morning since these guys poop so much?

I don't think it would hurt. And definitely don't worry about feeding him while he's in there. People bring fish in to us and quite often there's food floating around in the bag haha. I think you've got the right idea though.

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No, definitely won't be feeding him in there, he poops enough as it is. :S

Do I need to put a piece of driftwood or anything in there with him to keep him happy overnight? I would rather not pull anything out of my tank but I will if it will cause him too much stress to be in a bare container.
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he'll be fine just in the container with water
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Thanks.

I think that maybe I worry too much sometimes. Haha!
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Thanks.

I think that maybe I worry too much sometimes. Haha!
You probably care about him a lot. It's normal, I think.
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Haha! Thanks

I really like him. I thought, from my research, that my tank would be big enough for him. I really love watching him in there. :/
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