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Moving fish advice please

Hello,

I have to move about 20 large angelfish on a 6 hour journey. I was going to put them in one very large cooler but once the top is closed, there is no way to get an airline in it.

I was going to try 5 - 5 gal buckets with holes in the top and see if I could run a dual port whisper airpump into an AC adapter for a car. Has anyone tried this?

I figure the buckets on the a blanket in the back seat with the seat warmers on should be ok?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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My advice would be to bag them up. The kordon breather bags would be ideal but for six hours those regular ones you get from the LFS would be fine. Putting them in tubs or buckets they will inevitably get sloshed around more and could get injured or stressed. Anytime I have asked to buy some bags from a LFS they will just give them to me for free.
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Also I don't think you need to aerate for six hours and as long as you keep the heat on in your car they should be ok. If your really worried about it though buy some heat packs or hand warmers.
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I have some large fish bags from Kens fish supply (not breather) but that could work as well if I fill with air like a regular lfs does and tie them off.

Thanks for the advice. That should work with 4 bagged fish per bucket.

You know, you keep the fish styro boxes you get fish in and then when you throw them away because they are taking up space, now I need them. Will see if lfs has some I can borrow.
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I never have that problem, when it comes to anything I can use in the hobby I am a borderline hoarder.
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You know, you keep the fish styro boxes you get fish in and then when you throw them away because they are taking up space, now I need them. Will see if lfs has some I can borrow.
Check with your local pharmacy - free standing or hospital. They get a lot of things shipped in to them in the styrofoam packing and generally have to dispose of it.

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Re: Moving fish advice please

I would also suggest to not feed them for at least 24 hours before moving them. This way the amount of waste that they may produce while being moved is reduced.

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Moving fish advice please

Styrofoam cooler and heated car or handwarmers with bags inside
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I go and buy fish 5 hours away all the time. I do a 5g bucket with lid and a small hole poked through and airline tubing going into the bucket. No hand warmers or heated seats. They will be fine without that. I have never lost a fish this way.

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