This previous summer season, I moved lengthy distance with my fish. In total the fish have been in transit for 31 hrs, and I did not lose any of them. If you are arranging a extended distance move with your fish, you might want to give this a try.
I used a variety of sizes of Styrofoam coolers, these are generally waterproof, and are insulating as effectively. My fish would be traveling in the back of a pick up truck, so I wished to make certain they would be relatively warm. I also purchased a roll of duct tape for the lids, airline tubing, air stones, and a battery operated air pump.
Each cooler was set up as follows: filled roughly 1/2 to 3/4′s complete of aquarium water based on the fish. I wished to save as much aquarium water as feasible so I had saved six plastic milk jugs (washed extremely effectively) and filled them with water as properly. Once the fish were inside the cooler, I reduce lengths of airline tubing to roughly 18″ each and every.
On the finish of each and every one, I place an air stone. These were placed in the cooler with about two-three” sticking out and the lids had been firmly duct taped on to minimize spilling, and so the lids wouldn’t come off. Be cautious not to block the tubing. This airline would permit me to speedily rotate the battery operated air pump among coolers. Every single couple hrs the pump was switched in between coolers. This seemed to operate extremely nicely in my situation. The added water came in handy to top rated off the coolers water level if one grew to become reduced. I checked on the fish every single 4-six hours, they began to display visible indicators of strain right after ten-twelve hours. I would advise to any individual wanting to move long distance in which your fish will be in transit longer than twelve hours to acquire adequate sized coolers, not what they will just fit into, but so they have some swimming space as well.
In arranging the length of time your fish will be in transit, try to decrease this length if at all possible, move the aquariums final, set them up first.
Conserve as a lot Aquarium water as attainable, and add some stress coat to the water. If you have substantial strung fish, you may well think about adding a tiny dose of tranquilizer to the water, to calm the fish a small, be extremely cautious with it if you choose to use it.