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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-21-2011, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Heat wave and mailing java fern

It's hotter than Hades these days with temps in the 100's. Will java fern die if mailed regular snail mail in this weather? I know it's tough, but is it that tough? I have some to sell and I need to get it out my tank, but I'm not gonna bother with cold packs or express mail for java fern.
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I just mailed Christmas moss and Subwassertang out on Monday and it arrived yesterday to the person in good shape. I would say java fern would be ok.

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Could it just wait a week?.....I mean it's Java Fern, not like your shipping a Kindey for a transplant...Just sayin'
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I too have plants to mail. But it is too hot right now. I feel it's safer to just leave them either bundled or floating in the tank until the temperatures drop. I've had Anubias sent to me in the summer, fairly well packaged, and the melted badly. Not worth the headache right now. Like everything, patience is the key, and when we're shoveling 12+ inches of snow again, we'll appreciate this weather!
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I just really need them gone is all - they are totally stuffed into my Q tank and I have some fish that have to go in there in about 30 minutes.. And for what it's worth, I'd rather shovel snow any day than be in this kind of heat!
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lol I can't agree with you about shoveling snow. I hate the cold!!!! I'll take 100 degrees any day over cold.

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Freeze some plastic bottles or bags full of water, double bag those, and ship it like that via snail mail? Low cost, and it's not too much trouble if you want it out of your tank now.

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I'd ship it with something cold. I received some plants I ordered online a couple weeks ago, when it wasn't nearly this hot, and they still included a cold pack.

It may be 95F+ out, but it'll be even hotter in the back of a USPS truck.

For the record, I too much prefer the cold to the heat. You can always put extra clothes on in the winter, but it's not always appropriate to remove your clothes in the heat...


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One of the things the SW people do when trading coral frags is to ship them in a Thermos Bottle. That will keep them cool for days.

Obviously you can't do this with huge plants but for smaller ones it should work well.
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A thermos bottle would probably cost more than a java fern. That's the reason I don't want to get cold packs - I don't want to have to charge high shipping for some java ferns. They are nice big healthy plants but they are not rare or anything, ya know? I don't want to send bags of frozen water either as that will increase the weight (and cost) and also have a great potential to leak.

I'll just wait I guess - I bundled them with a rubberband for now and they are sharing the Q tank with the new fish.
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I had some bacopa sent a few weeks ago when my outside temps were 105. The plants survived just fine with no melt.
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