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Bringing fish home

Postby Miggy » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:03 pm

Hi all,
How long can you keep tropical fish in the bag, down where my brother lives there are some loverly fish places, I usually stay at my brothers for the afternoon and would like to buy some fish in these shops, is there anyway I could keep them until I go home.
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Re: Bringing fish home

Postby Carylnz » Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:15 pm

I have travelled for a couple of days with fish in a bag.
I buy my fish from a shop that is a 4.5 hr drive away and have never lost one yet despite it being sometimes 6 or 7 hours from when they were bagged to when they reach the tank.
Make sure the shop knows the fish will be bagged for several hours.
Make sure they only put 1, or a few depending on size, fish to each bag.
Make sure there is 1/4 water to 3/4 air in the bag.
Preferably use oxygen rather than blow in the bag before sealing.
It might pay to have them double bagged in case of leaks.
Put them in a container where they can't roll around and will stay in position.
Putting scrunched up newspaper around them will provide insulation (or add a 2L plastic bottle filled with warm water and wrapped in a teatowel or similar).
I take a small insulated bag with me. I assume you have them over there. Chilly bins or cooler bags. Always handy and good for transporting fish.
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Re: Bringing fish home

Postby Miggy » Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:50 am

Thanks a lot this is very helpful, can you put them in the cooler bag even if it is cold weather.
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Re: Bringing fish home

Postby Carylnz » Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:46 am

Definitely. Cooler bags keep hot things hot and cold things cold :wink:
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Re: Bringing fish home

Postby ady » Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:53 pm

in a cool bag it will help maintain the water temp and as very little light will intrude it help them stay relaxed..

i've brought fish down from chesterfield to south suffolk and they were fine...double bagged and in a polysterine box..

when you get home follow the usual routine of turning off the light,floating the bag to level out the water temps...then slowly add some tank water to the bag,leave it for 10 mins,then add some more.this should help the fish get accustomed to your water before they go into the tank itself....

once released keep the lights off for approx an hour to let them get used too new surroundings...

as fish are transported from far away places they can survive for long periods in a bag,but the least time from shop to tank is
recommended,to reduce any stress on the fish....

enjoy ya shopping spree :)
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Re: Bringing fish home

Postby Miggy » Wed May 29, 2013 9:31 am

Thanks a lot this as been a great help :D
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