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Hi everybody. OK, so I rigged this set up (see [bad] pic below). Its a .4 gal plastic tank with lid and some gravel. Its been rinsed with hot water pretty well and hasn't been used in some time. I've a portable air pump with an air control valve to adjust the strength of the air stone. My idea was to have the lfs fill it with their water and put the fish into it instead of the standard bag. I've a 25 minute drive home, may want to stop for a gyro and the outside air temp is about 70. Aside from not letting the water slosh out of the top and not leaving them in the car to boil, what am I over-looking? Is this a good idea? I wanted to run it by you all because I just want to make sure I'm not missing something here. Thanks so much! Best,

Eric

PS, oh yeah, should I use that little fake plant there in the pic? I think I'll be transporting Rasboras or small variety of Tetra, probably 6-8 of them. Thanks!
 

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Oh, thanks! Like just a 5 gal bucket? they won't get tossed around too much? My thought was I didn't want LFS to have to dump 3 gallons out of their tank to fill the bucket but I guess I could call them first.
 

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I have transported fish for hrs in the standard bag. I have also worked fish auctions where I will be their 12hr+ with the fish and shrimp I purchased with no loses at the end of the day. Just keep them in a dark place I use a cooler.

Have a gniess day. -Scott
 

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Waste of time. My LFS is two hours away. No problems with their bag.

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I agree with the others, seems like a lot of work for a 25 minute ride. And those rocks are going to bang up your fish pretty bad as they slosh around.
 

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Yeah, thanks for the help guys. I ended up bringing a bucket but then as soon as I was moving the car around I remembered how much movement there really is. Ditched the idea and went with the bag. Got 8 black neon tetras and they gave me plenty of water just in the bag itself to fill up the little tank a little over half way. Still glad I had the air pump so i could have replaced the air in the bag if I was taking too long. They're resting now and getting a little drip from the main tank. Thanks!

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Loose the gravel/ rocks i just use a 2 gallon bucket and lid if I'm transporting to the lfs any think with long distance a battery air pump would be ok
 

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It's amazing how hardy most fish are and can survive just fine in a bag for a couple of days. People do it all the time shipping fish all over the country and the world. When I first got into this I "babied" my fish thinking any little bumps driving home would be horrible or more than a couple hours in a bag and they'd be dead but thats not the case for most fish at all. A lot of fish get flown in from all over the world and just imagine the trip some of them have so I'm sure a little trip to the fish store is just fine. eisBear, what lfs do you go to? I see you're rougly in the same area as me
 

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Thanks again to everybody for their replies, it makes me feel better about the decision to just use the bag, my wife was able to hold them stable in her lap on the way home.

@imatechno: I go to Aquatic Imports in Boulder and The Fish Den in Arvada (or Lakeside?) its on 44th near Sheridan by Lakeside Amusement (you know, the amusement park from BioShock).... The both have pretty good planted tank supplies but for CO2 tanks, I think Aquatic Imports has a bit more supplies for that (last time I was at fish den they only had one type of diffuser and a couple of 'flourish' type ferts. I recall both places having a good selection of plants. Aqua Imports has lots of driftwood in tanks so you can see the stain they'll give off (if any). The guy at Fish Den told me I could return a PC bulb I bought if it didn't fit or if my plants didn't like the light in a few weeks. I live next to the PetCo on 120th, so I usually go there if its something simple (also, the livestock at that location has always looked good and I once got some oto cats there that did well. Also live across from Aquatic Kingdom, but, haven't gone in yet in because they say they are reef specialists -- its in the same strip center over by KFC and the Asian Seafood market. Know of other good ones?
 

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So I really like About Fish which is 72nd & Federal the northeast corner. Best prices you will find around. I'm going there in a little bit. My brother and I are in there 3-5 times a week if not more. And yeah I go in to the fish den to get shrimp stuff but their prices are a little high, nothing against them, like you said great plants and they have everything but it can cost you a little bit more. There is also Jurassic Pets on 104th & Washington with a growing fish selection, it's the guy from the old Catfish Charlie's if you know what that was. A guy named Ron, pretty cool guy, very knowledgable and loves to talk. There is also Golden fish which is like 6500 west Colfax roughly, and the Aquatic Dog off of Quebec but not sure of the exact address. Then there are Todd's Tropicals and Neptunes which are both a little farther south. There are a couple smaller ones around I believe but not sure. Aquatic Kingdom is all saltwater. It's fun to go look but all I have are planted tanks.
 
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