- I just answered a question on the YahooGroups
about shipping and thought I'd repost here. The
answer's a bit trunkated, but I think I've covered
the basics. Does anybody know a website with
all this info???
-- Larissa ^..^
Shipping is always a very important topic. There
are a few main things to be considered when
sending fish through the mail:
1. Temperature for the fish. How is the weather
here? How is the weather there? Will the fish
need extra heat in their box?
- The primary thing done to compensate for *all*
fish shipping is to use a thick styrofoam box
for them. A cardboard box on the outside to get
through the mail, but the styrofoam is essential
for maintaining a general temperature inside the
box for the fish.
http://www.reptilepackaging.com has both boxes
and heat packs -- but be sure and cover the
"keep cool" on the outside of their boxes!
- If it's going to be very cold, a lot of people
are using "heat packs" to keep the air inside
the boxes warm. One place that sells them is:
If you use them, tape the pack to the top of the
box *away* from the fish -- too much heat will
kill as easily as too cold.
2. Conditions in the box. It's going to be
bounced around like all mail is -- think about
it for the the fish inside!
- Pack the box tightly, no matter how many or
few fish you're sending. Make sure that the
bags are upright, solidly in there, and the rest
of the box is filled with packing material such
as styrofoam nuggets or newspaper.
3. Time of shipping. There are a lot of ways
and means to get the fish out there. Do some
research with shipping methods.
- Most betta people prefer to use "Express Mail"
because Fed Ex doesn't take live animals (and
doesn't heat their planes).
4. Conditions for the fish being shipped. They're
in those bags for at least a few days!
- Make sure they're bagged properly. Use the
long betta bags rather than the bigger regular
fish bags. For bettas, air is more important
than water. When closing the top, knot it
rather than rubber banding as this is more
secure in travel. Then double-bag the fish
by placing the first bag inside a second for
If you come to the next California Betta meeting,
I'll have some demo materials to show you -- it's
always easier to do when somebody helps!
-- Larissa ^..^
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- Ok, FedEx just told me they don't ship live animals. Has anyone
shipped fish who can give me some advice? I remember somewhere there
was some talk about some other air courier service that was more
reliable and cheaper than FedEx--anyone remember what the name might
be? Thanks, I finally found someone who wants some of my fish but
now I can't get them up to her.
- They never asked me what was in the package and I never bothered to
tell them. Their insurance does not cover live stuff anyways, and
they don't treat it any differently from other packages.
Now if you're shipping the fishies abroad, it's a different story.
the friendly hooligan
--- In CaliforniaBettas@y..., "midnightjaz" <takworld2000@e...> wrote:
> Ok, FedEx just told me they don't ship live animals. Has anyone
> shipped fish who can give me some advice? I remember somewhere
> was some talk about some other air courier service that was more
> reliable and cheaper than FedEx--anyone remember what the name
> be? Thanks, I finally found someone who wants some of my fish but
> now I can't get them up to her.