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How long fishes can stay alive in a car ride?

I'm going to take a 3 hour trip to a neighboring city, thinking to buy some fishes there. Can fishes stay alive in those plastic bags for three hours?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-02-2013, 03:00 PM
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as long as its cool and there arent too many fish in a bag i think they can live days
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As long as there's water in the bags you should be ok.....
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I'm going to take a 3 hour trip to a neighboring city, thinking to buy some fishes there. Can fishes stay alive in those plastic bags for three hours?
Good question. I was wondering the same thing in terms of how long you can keep fish in a bag. The Petsmart near my work has very good quality livestock, and if I were to buy fish there, they would have to sit in their bag for 2-3 hours before I could get them home and acclimate them.
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As long as there's water in the bags you should be ok.....
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Just don't put them where they'll be in direct sunlight the whole time or right in front of the air conditioning vent and they'll be fine.
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I like to keep beverage coolers with me when traveling in the car for moments like that. Really comes in handy for temperature regulation when you have 4-5 hours until you get them home. (Shhh - I know this is a sign that my serious case of Multiple Tank Syndrome is never going to get better)

rcs0926: You could keep a small cooler with you at work. If you have access to a freezer, you could also keep an ice pack or two handy just in case you end up needing one.


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I like to keep beverage coolers with me when traveling in the car for moments like that. Really comes in handy for temperature regulation when you have 4-5 hours until you get them home. (Shhh - I know this is a sign that my serious case of Multiple Tank Syndrome is never going to get better)

rcs0926: You could keep a small cooler with you at work. If you have access to a freezer, you could also keep an ice pack or two handy just in case you end up needing one.
Thanks for the advice. You're a fountain of knowledge as always.
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use those styrofoam coolers and possibly a heat pack/ice pack to keep the water temp
and they will survive just fine.
i transported 15 adult discus over a 10 hr period(7 1/2 drive time, plus packing and unpacking) from NY to Va this way. i should have taken a picture of my wifes face when i told no we cant unpack the truck yet i have to set up the fish tanks
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use those styrofoam coolers and possibly a heat pack/ice pack to keep the water temp
and they will survive just fine.
i transported 15 adult discus over a 10 hr period(7 1/2 drive time, plus packing and unpacking) from NY to Va this way. i should have taken a picture of my wifes face when i told no we cant unpack the truck yet i have to set up the fish tanks
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I moved about 700 miles, about 10 hours by car a few years ago. Put my fish in a half full cat litter bucket and they all survived just fine.
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Fish are shipped by mail and survive a couple days in a box. They can easily survive a trip in a bucket as long as they don't get cooked or sloshed around in the bucket tooo much.


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Thank you all, I may give it a try.
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Definitely give it a try. It's the only way to allow your Multiple Tank Syndrome to develop.


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Tell the store that you'll be driving three hours, so that they can pack the fish appropriately.
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