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Old 06-15-2011, 04:57 PM   #1
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Shipping aquariums??

How would I go about doing this? Should I go by USPS? Or UPS? Do they have boxes big enough? How much would it cost? I want to send a 20, and Hopefully a 29.
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It is not very often done. Would be expensive and risky.
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It is pricey due to the ease of breakage...it would be cheaper to send it by ground freight vice UPS or USPS. The best way to ship is to crate the tank, build a wood box around it, and pad it extremely well, then ship.

Depending on the distance, you might want to contact a regular moving company. If they have a shipment of household goods going out for someone else to the same area, they may take the tanks as well, again, as long as they are crated. Obviously you would have to pay for the tanks yourself.

I was in the military and got very familiar with how these moving companies ship tanks My 75 went from Louisiana, to Virginia than Virginia to Maryland without a chip....although, the movers from Louisiana to Virginia did break the glass cover.
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It wouldn't be worth it unless they are some awesome custom pieces, if they are standard 20/29g's they'd be better off bought locally.
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So there is nothing I can do?
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It could be done, just risky and pricey.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:29 PM   #7
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Is there any other methods besides UPS, USPS, DHL, or Fed Ex?
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it'd be cheaper to sell the tanks local and then buy them locally at the destination.

I mean you could send them via ground, but you'd need to pack them with some serious cushioning. One nice thing is you could put the 20 inside the 29, but you'd need a lot of styrofoam between them and lining the box. Even still, if the box gets tossed or dropped then you are going to have wasted your time and money.

I shipped a large box through UPS a few months ago, it was about the size of a 29g, about 15 lbs, it was around 40-ish dollars.
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it'd be cheaper to sell the tanks local and then buy them locally at the destination.

I mean you could send them via ground, but you'd need to pack them with some serious cushioning. One nice thing is you could put the 20 inside the 29, but you'd need a lot of styrofoam between them and lining the box. Even still, if the box gets tossed or dropped then you are going to have wasted your time and money.

I shipped a large box through UPS a few months ago, it was about the size of a 29g, about 15 lbs, it was around 40-ish dollars.
Just to clarify, you sent a box the size of a 29 gallon, or you sent a 29 gallon tank through the mail?
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i sent a box the size of a 29 gallon tank and about 15 lbs in weight. I wouldn't ship an aquarium in the mail unless it was a really expensive one and I could not find a replacement in the area its being shipped to.
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