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How to ship fish and cultures?

Hey guys im new so please bare with my stupid newbie questions.

Excatally how do you ship fish? I mean is there a way to find out how much it cost before you even go to the post office or know the zip code? I see it all the time when theres this flat rate shipping but how do they do it? Packageing fish seem to be easy but do you really need breatheable bags? I had some people send me fish in regular bags but I have no idea where to buy those.

Then I got some cultures of blackworms and tubifex that I want to sell. But I have no idea how to ship them. How excatally should I package them? I mean like I know they die easily when the water isn't change for a day. Also if I use a icepack, will that bring the temp down to frezzing?
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While in the process of looking for breather bags I happened by this book: http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/aucti...oks&1192842320
titled ""Shipping Tips for Fish Hobbyists." I wasn't quite sure about a couple aspects of shipping fish either, so I figure this book would be a great investment for me. I can't say that I recommend it just yet as I placed my order only yesterday. It looks like it covers all the bases however. Check out all the chapter titles.
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Its pretty basic Don't waste your money on that doc.

Search the forum and others for people's methods there is some variety.

Basically:

1.Get box, line with styrofoam.

2.Put in either cotton stuffing (filter floss), newspaper, shredded paper, packing peanuts, etc to fill in space.

3.Put fish/inverts in a breather bag or regular bag. Breather bags are the new trend and work very well, it's basically a "smart bag" that lets CO2 out and O2 in, the membrane breathes somehow . Tundragirl just ordered a big batch of them and I got some from her I got around 50 for $15 shipped, Maybe more can't remember, but it was a good deal.

4. If adding heat/cold pack tape to the top or side of the container and make sure it is not touching the bag with the contents in it because it will be too hot.

5. Tape box up good and bring it to your LPO, send and repeat.

Thats a very simple method and very bland, searching more will result in more detailed results specific to your items. Remember catfish are spiny, and so are larger crays.

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Here is to calculate postage for USPS- generally Priority or Express is used, and under 1LB is a standard fee.

http://www.usps.com/tools/calculatepostage/welcome.htm

Packing supplies- http://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stor...&top_category=

Sorry on the DP

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Well I never figured the shipping process would be an ordeal. I'm sure I could have learned all I need to know with a little internet research, but I do like to have physical (paper) references on hand when I need them.
Like I said, I can't recommend the book just yet, but I'm hoping and expecting that I'll learn something from it.
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thanks guys! im gonna try and send out some blackworm cultures first
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