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Travelling With 3 Goldfish


jody

I am moving about a two hours drive away and I have some questions.

I think I know how to acclimatize them: bring a bucket of tank water and use that for starting the new tank and gradually(every 15 minutes) add the new water.

Now about the transporting. I have a battery operated air pump so that will help. I moved them across town here in a rubbermaid but I found whenever I hit a bump the water was splashing up and hitting the lid. I am worried that one of the fish will get slammed against the side or top if I brake hard or hit a huge bump. Do I fill the rubbermaid to the top or what? Any help would be appreciated.


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Im going to be moving my fish 1k Miles hun and this is what Im doing.....>>

1. Have extra water to change out every 8 hours.

2. Battery operated air pump.

3. Fill my empty cleaned ice cooler about 3/4 of the way with there tank water.

4. close the lid so they have darkness.

5. Keep the filter pads wet from the tank water.

Then once there......>>>

1. Set up tank fill it with tap water (test it to make sure that the water is close to the water they are in), If not slowly acclimate them to the new tap water so they wont get shocked.

2. After tank is set up float them in the tank.

3. Keep the lights off for 24 hours.

4. test the water again after 24 hours :)

Thats about it. :)

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Wow thanks for the super response! :D One question though, when you say float them you mean float them in a bag like when you first get them right?

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You can buy a power INVERTER that plugs in you car lighter.

Then, you can run a normal sponge filter & small watt heater (if needed) inside a fish transport cooler, bucket, or small plastic drum, while traveling.

Example below:

http://cgi.ebay.com/400-1200-WATT-PORTABLE...alenotsupported

These can be found @ about any large auto parts store.

I have a 1K watt inverter I use camping, to run the laptop, recharge laptop/cell/sat phone batteries & all sorts of other uses.

If you want to do a small partial water change, many area's have water machines, that will give you 5 gallons of filtered chlorine/chloramine free for about $2.

Example below:

http://www.glacierwater.com/pdfs/Vended%20...act%20Sheet.pdf

http://www.glacierwater.com/

If you have cycled sand/gravel substrate you want to keep.

Put it in a sturdy 5 gallon bucket w/ water tight lid & top off with tank water.

It will hold benifical bacteria fine for several days or a week.

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Great! Thanks for the advice and the nice posts guys! :D

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It appears I take a rather lax approach to transporting them...I did a four hour drive yesterday and put the two goldfish in the biggest fish bag i own filled about half and half with air and water (they're both still small) and then introduced them to the new tank the same as I would introduce any new fish, bag with gradual addition of new water. I didn't have any problems they both seem very happy. Last time I left them in a 5 gallon tank filled about half to two thirds full and held it on my lap but I got soaked about 10 mins from the destination when we went over a speed bump. I figured if they can survive overnight in bags if they have to when being air-shipped a few hours shouldn't be too bad....

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Can't really add anything. I like the idea of using a camping cooler! Great idea Koko! And the inverter is a great idea too! And yeah, if you have gravel, you need to keep that wet too. The BBs are in the gravel, filter media, etc., so you need the tank water to just keep that stuff wet. You know that!

Koko! You're moving 1,000 miles away?!!!! Where?!!! When?! Why?! Well, this isn't the thread for that, but still......

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My fish made it just fine with a 1k mile drive. I took them in a cooler, air bubbler and changed there water asap and they are doing great now.. So it can be done :)

I moved from Southern CA to Northern OR, mostly cause the rent was to high in CA :(

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Glad to hear you and your fish made the journy KoKo :)

I am going to use the cooler with air bubbler as well. Question: when you have to leave the lid open a crack for the tubing to get through does the water get out fairly often? Our roads here are really bumpy. Also I was thinking of if you have to brake suddenly should I have the lid duck taped on or something?

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What I did is only fill the cooler about half way with water, the cooler was a 48 quart cooler. The bubbler line was just placed in and the lid gently closed on, this way it was working and the water never leaked all over the tuck. I didnt need to modify anything on the cooler this way :)

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Well the fish and myself made the journey quite well. My cooler turned out to be smaller than I remembered the night before so I used a rubbermaid that snapped shut. I poked holes for air to escape and drilled a hole for the tubing. Had a few quick stops and some bumpy patches but they didnt seem to mind. The rubbermaid was clear so I got to keep an eye on them which was cool. They even adjusted to the new ph which was quite a bit lower than the previous, I went from 8.0 to 7.2-7.4ish. I kept all the media wet with tank water and didnt lose my cycle, YAY!

Thanks all for the help :) I hope this thread helps others who are moving

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