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Rob in Puyallup 11-10-2012 02:48 AM

Shipping shrimp in the cold weather
I have received literally hundreds of shrimp through the mail but I have little experience shipping them, let alone in the cold weather. I'm looking for tips and suggestions from those who have this experience and who can share it with those of us who don't.

How do you pack, how many shrimp would you include in each bag, what all do you include in your packing?

What carrier would you suggest?

Thank you!

Soothing Shrimp 11-10-2012 03:44 AM

Heyya Rob, check out this thread. :)

Rob in Puyallup 11-10-2012 03:51 AM


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Rob in Puyallup 11-10-2012 03:07 PM

Anyone else?

mordalphus 11-10-2012 03:41 PM

I ship with or without heat packs VIA usps. Rarely have a death either way. Shrimp (except sulawesi) handle cold temps incredibly well.

I use insulated boxes and jam any extra space with crumpled newspaper. I only use heat packs if soneone requests them

ThatGuyWithTheFish 11-10-2012 04:17 PM

I've heard of RCS surviving being frozen over in an outdoor container.

Rob in Puyallup 11-10-2012 04:24 PM

I recently shipped some "Chocolate" Cherries... and they died of apparent cold exposure in transit.

somewhatshocked 11-10-2012 05:05 PM

How did you ship them?

A small Flat Rate box won't cut it. Necessary to use the "O" box (7x7x7) and line it with styrofoam or something similar.

Rob in Puyallup 11-10-2012 05:29 PM

A 7x7x7 with not enough newspaper.

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somewhatshocked 11-11-2012 12:53 AM

Head to Home Depot to pick up a 4x8 sheet of styrofoam insulation. Just cut it down to size. One sheet is about $12 and lasts for tons of boxes. Also good for going under tanks, useful as insulation for tanks during power outages, etc.

Rob in Puyallup 11-11-2012 01:34 AM

Thank you, Jake... I'll certainly do that next time!

rodcuda 11-11-2012 01:38 AM

Any suggestions on cutting the foam without making a mess?

Rob in Puyallup 11-11-2012 01:41 AM

Excellent point. :)

m00se 11-11-2012 02:02 AM

Average temps here in Upstate NY earlier this week was 30-45f. I received a package from Florida which left on Monday and got to me Wednesday. There were 12 fish total, all juveniles. 4 Kordon breather bags with the fish distributed between them. One 72 hour heat pack (I think - it looked generic with no printing on it) that was still warm when I opened the box. The total on shipping was $16.50 for this deal.

Here are some pix of the box and packing. I took them for that time when I too might want to ship animals. The guy I got them from, in my opinion, did it right. With over 900 transactions on aquabid he has 100% positive rating.

Just for your info, there's an active forum affiliated with, and they have as one of their forum topics: Shipping... I recommend you take a look over there too.


My pH on left, bag pH on right

Rob in Puyallup 11-11-2012 02:24 AM

Whoa, cool, m00se!

Thanks for all that!


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