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Old 04-16-2013, 03:19 AM   #1
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I'd like to RAOK some things


i'd want to raok some plants and snails and shrimps... but how do people ship these things and where can i get the supplies.. if anyone can please help me out. i don't want to toss these out.
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:20 AM   #2
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kensfish.com sell kordon breather bags. shipping boxes are free at USPS.com
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:23 AM   #3
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+1 for what acity says......

Plants I usually ship in zip lock bags wrapped in paper towels with just enough water to have it really damp but not with free flowing water. All of my mosses and other plants I've shipped that way have arrived in good condition.

The small flat rate boxes ship most of my plants (mosses, cholla, rocks, etc)

I use saved packing peanuts, newspaper, and tape for filler (much cheaper )
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:25 AM   #4
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should the smallest size kordon breather bags house at least 10 shrimps and some plants for them to hold on?
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:26 AM   #5
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This is how i pack my plants,

1. Get ziploc bag
2. take the plant out of the aquarium
3. Put in bag
4. add very little bit of tank water, 2 tbsp if you're shipping it in the large ziplock bag.

5. Close the bag all the way.
6. Gently flip the bag upside down, swish to the right, swish to the left this is so the water gets on the plants and sides of the bag.
7. Open the bag alittle bit.
8. Gently press as much air as you can out of the bag.


OPTIONAL: Depends on how big of a box you're shipping in.
9. Put the bag of plants in another bag filled somewhat with air or add something to fill the rest of the box up so the plants don't move all over the box.

As far as live animals, I have no experience.
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:41 AM   #6
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Priority MailŪ Small Flat Rate BoxMore info about Priority MailŪ Small Flat Rate Box
USPS-Produced Box: 8-5/8" x 5-3/8" x 1-5/8"

will that be large enough to ship plants/inverts in? thats the cheapest box size and smallest
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That size is what most people, including myself, ship plants and snails in. For fish and shrimp this size is preferred.

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Medium Flat Rate Box
13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8"
11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:49 AM   #8
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Most people will ship shrimp in the #4 box, can't remember the dimensions but it's basically a 6 inch cube. It will run about $5-$7 for shipping with styrofoam insulation and a single breather bag full of water and however many shrimp.
That box allows for insulation from the weather without dramatically increasing the price.
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thanks for the info. i just didnt want the people here to pay so much for shipping. but i guess its inevitable
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alright thanks, after this weeks exams and stuff. ill be doing my first raok and hopefully it'll work out.
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$15 for shipping is alot less than what the online stores cost.
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:57 AM   #12
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oo alright i wouldve thought people wouldn't want to pay 15 bucks but if thats the norm. damn i guess ill be doing raoks more often
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Is it possible to ship assasin snails inside the same bag as the plants with a little bit of water? or do i need a breather bag for them?
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:06 AM   #14
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Sometimes I just do local when I don't want to ship.

This morning I gave away 1/2 bag gravel, 1/2 bag of sand and 1/2 bottle of flourish.

Of course this is less about an act of kindness and more about me just getting rid of stuff I no longer want but also don't want to throw away
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Add enough water so that the snails will be completely submerged when you lay their bag in the box, but yes you should be able to ship them in the same bag. Snails do ok in the small flat rate box you mentioned earlier, as long as the weather is decent.
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