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Old 11-10-2012, 02:48 AM   #1
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Default 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?

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Heyya Rob, check out this thread. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ight=heat+pack
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:51 AM   #3
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Anyone else?
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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
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I've heard of RCS surviving being frozen over in an outdoor container.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:24 PM   #7
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I recently shipped some "Chocolate" Cherries... and they died of apparent cold exposure in transit.
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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.
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A 7x7x7 with not enough newspaper.

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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.
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Thank you, Jake... I'll certainly do that next time!
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Any suggestions on cutting the foam without making a mess?
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Sharp kitchen knife, razor blade, foam blade.

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Any suggestions on cutting the foam without making a mess?
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If you pack your box with standard insulation (wrap the shrimp in the middle) it will work much better than styrofoam boxes. I only use heat packs if both ends of the shipments are below freezing for the highs and lows. Heat packs used at higher temperatures will do more harm than good, you have to keep in mind they aren't exposed to the cold for the entire time their in transit
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Excellent point.
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