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Old 06-01-2012, 03:04 AM   #11
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I do agree with nu nu, but it would seem a gamble. Your looking at least 2 days on the road if you hurry and take less breaks. You need to monitor that temp.
If you can not control temp and monitor then you are bound to lose fish. See of there is a reef club around the area you are moving to, im sure there has to be someone you could maybe even throw a few bucks at to ship your fish to and hold them till you get there.

I know if it where my live stock i wouldnt risk it. Not to mention waste can build very quickly in a small volume of water for a few days.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:45 AM   #12
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I've got the styrofoam containers to help keep the temp stable, the biggest issue will be keeping it cool. Im going to try and split the fish up so there is fewer fish per large container to help reduce toxins. Does anyone know approximately how much it costs to ship fish?
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:40 AM   #13
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I've got the styrofoam containers to help keep the temp stable, the biggest issue will be keeping it cool. Im going to try and split the fish up so there is fewer fish per large container to help reduce toxins. Does anyone know approximately how much it costs to ship fish?
That would depend on weight, distance, and however much overnight cost. There is no way to calculate that. You could make a package up without adding the fish and run over to the post office to get an idea.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:45 AM   #14
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What fish and corals are you bringing? I mean if they are more fragile i would ship, but if they are some hardy fish i think i would take my chances on the road, stopping every few hours and making sure the temp, airation, parameters, salinity are ok.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:53 PM   #15
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Fish I have; 2 percs, 1 purple Firefish, 1 big engineer goby 5 green Chromis, 2 bangaiis, 1 aiptasia filefish, hermits, snails and a few emeralds. Corals; elegance, mushrooms, spongeode, pipe organ, gsp, sun polyps, pink hammer, orange chalice, and some zoas.
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What fish and corals are you bringing? I mean if they are more fragile i would ship, but if they are some hardy fish i think i would take my chances on the road, stopping every few hours and making sure the temp, airation, parameters, salinity are ok.
how's he going to keep it cool tho? hardy or not fish in 85degree+ water for long periods of time aren't going to be happy. same with corals. you're talking about putting these things into a car/truck assuming with air conditioning and then what removing when you stop to eat & then removing when you stop at your hotel room mid way? then again at lunch the next day? I just did a 1200 mile move up the east coast with a friend & can tell you if there were fish involved I would have hated my life... the move is stressful enough. try to sell off any livestock you can.
IMO can it be done? yes. Can it be done with no loses(including your hair you pull out)? probably not
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:00 PM   #17
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If possible I would have them proffesionally packed and shipped by an LFS that offers that service. Problem is, when you get there, they are going to have to go into some kind of tank. How long will it take to get that set up? It's not only the trip, but the delay of getting them into a tank once you are there.
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The clowns I know will make it, those guys have been to hell and back. I bought the tank from a local guy who had it sitting on the floor with the water level half way down with no lights, filters heaters or flow. Power had been out for a few weeks due to an ice storm so the water was around 60F. And then shortly after I got them I had an outbreak of ick that nearly killed them, I ended up saving them with a freshwater dip. So I know that the clowns can survive some harsh conditions. The other fish are what I worry about.
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You can do it. U need styros and bags from ur lfs. U have to make sure there is enough air in the bags. So try to trap as much air as possible in the bags. One fish or coral per bag. Are the dis going in the car with u or in a trailer or what if in the car u will b good with the ac on. If in a trailer take ice packs. Rap them in newspaper so they aren't touching the bags directly. The movement from the drive will keep the water moving. The only thing I'm worried about are the sps and Lps. The fish will b fine. If possible get extra bags and a 5 gallon bucket do u can change the water half way through.
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Old 06-01-2012, 02:33 PM   #20
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If possible I would have them proffesionally packed and shipped by an LFS that offers that service. Problem is, when you get there, they are going to have to go into some kind of tank. How long will it take to get that set up? It's not only the trip, but the delay of getting them into a tank once you are there.
If you read earlier in the thread, OP said there is no lfs on the other end to receive.
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