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Author: Ben Hildebrandt
Title: Shipping Fish
Summary: How to send live fish in the mail.
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Date first published: June 98
Publication: The Calquarium Volume 40, Number 9
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Nov. 01: Fish Finatic, Willowdale Aquarium Society, Ontario.
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First published in The Calquarium,Volume 40, Number 9
Your friend across the country has sent you some of those plants you have always wanted in
exchange for some of the tiger barbs you just bred. How do you ship your fish so they
dont arrive in Toronto floating on top of the water?
The #1 rule of shipping fish is never send them in the winter,
since they wont survive the cold and will probably freeze (I recently learned this
while sending plants to a friend.) Make sure your fish are fed well for a week or two before you ship them. To ship your fish
properly, buy one of those Styrofoam coolers from the grocery store and get a box that the
cooler can fit into. Buy some freezer bags or fish bags (available at most friendly pet
stores) to put your fish in.
Put some newspaper in the bottom of the cooler for added insulation.
Put the fish in the bags, no more than two fish to a bag so there will be more air for
each fish. Fill the bags with about one to two inches of water, or just enough water to
cover the fish if this wont do it. There will be more oxygen for the fish if you
have only little water in the bags. Put the bags securely in the cooler and fill in the
spaces with newspaper before taping the cooler shut. Put the cooler in the box, tape the
box shut, and write "FRAGILE: LIVE FISH" on the sides of the box.
Take it to the post office (most couriers wont ship live animals)
and send it "PRIORITY". If they say you cant ship fish through the post
office, tell them that "in the domestic mail manual section 124.632 it states that
you can ship "non-venomous cold-blooded animals" via the post office." If
you are shipping internationally say that "in the international mail manual it states
in section 139.1 that you can ship..."
Your fish can last about a week in the mail (weather permitting) if
they have to. With this information you can ship most fish around the country without too
much worry. This may not work well with marine fish, as they are more sensitive to changes
in water conditions than most freshwater fish.?