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Moving with fish?

Okay, I have the opportunity to move back to where I grew up, which is around 3000 miles from where I am currently.
I have plenty of fish I can find homes for, but I have several I love so much I can't bare to part with.
Has anyone ever taken their fish cross country?
My frogs and shrimp I can put in tubs during my drive and they'll be fine, but, idk about anyone else. Should I set them up like I'd be shipping them?

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What if you did just mail them? Send them 2 day and have one of your local buddies waiting for them? I have heard of people using a lot of buckets and 1 air stone per bucket in a large van. Then driving across to where ever. I wish you luck my friend!
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Re: Moving with fish?

I'd consider shipping them, but none of my friends know anything about fish lol!

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I learned this technique recently: you could use a cooler with breather bags containing the fish inside. It will keep the fish from getting too cold or too hot.
I would also bring extra water and dechlorinator, so that if you end up staying somewhere overnight, you can do a water change. No need to keep them in day old water if they don't have to be.

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I learned this technique recently: you could use a cooler with breather bags containing the fish inside. It will keep the fish from getting too cold or too hot.
I would also bring extra water and dechlorinator, so that if you end up staying somewhere overnight, you can do a water change. No need to keep them in day old water if they don't have to be.
Oh what a great idea! That would work perfectly.

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huh i never thought of that haha dont know why, moving soon but not that far but will try this


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huh i never thought of that haha dont know why, moving soon but not that far but will try this
Tell me how it goes, I won't be moving till mid to late summer.

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This is kinda a long shot but maybe you could set something up with the LFS in the town of wherever you're moving to. Like ship your fish to the LFS, and have them take care of them for a small fee type thing. I'm not sure if it would be possible, but at least you know they would be in decent (depending on store, obviously) hands until you got there?

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You might look for 12 volt pumps and run them off the car's power. I would use coolers and keep the vehicle interior temp about normal water temp. 3000 miles sounds like 4 or 5 days driving and that's pushing it some. I would not feed the fish during travel.
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There's a possibility that I'll be moving in a about a year, so I've been thinking about this. My plan is to get a bunch of sponge filters, coolers and air pumps. I'll seed the filters and run them for several weeks using ammonia, as if doing a fishless cycle. Then use a power inverter to run them during the drive. At night, I'll take the coolers into the motel to run them off the electric in the room. Seems like luxury living compared to being mailed in a box.

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Re: Moving with fish?

I'm driving solo and not stopping except for short naps. I'll make it in hopefully less than 48 hours.
Yes, I'm absolutely crazy. LOL

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