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shipping fish during winter

Postby nauTik » Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:16 pm

I've been having trouble finding a home for my fish locally so I'm looking into shipping them.

Is it any more difficult to ship fish during winter months? Or is it really as simple as making sure to include heating packs and I'll be fine?

What is the most common shipping method? I read in the article about shipping via the airport, but IME I've always gotten fish shipped to me via UPS. Is UPS overnight an alright choice for shipping my fish?

It'd only be 6-7 small fish total so I'd have no problem fitting them all in one box if that helps.

The library post was very helpful, would just like a few bits of extra advice for a first timer from some more experienced fish shippers.
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Postby CoolCichlid » Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:13 am

Why not wait for the winter to go before shipping them? :(
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Postby toddnbecka » Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:10 am

Styrofoam insulation is also necessary for cold weather, heat packs alone won't be enough when the temps are below 40. I usually ship fish Priority Mail, 2-3 days. Breather bags, fresh water, and a little chunk of polyfilter in each bag to absorb ammonia works great. I cut styro insulation to fit the inside of the box (but don't make it completely airtight) then tape the heat pack to the inside of the top with a small hole (push a pencil through the styro) to vent the heat pack. The idea is to keep thye temp inside the box relatively stable, but allow a little air to get through (heat rises, so it circulates out the hole in the top) for the fish to breathe.
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Postby tankhead » Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:01 pm

you will need a styrofoam cooler with a heat pack. I would be sure to ship them overnight via FedEx of UPS and have someone accept them at delivery. The heat packs that I have seen in my shipments are ok for 24 hours, but wouldn't be helpful over 2-3 days or if left outside for a day on a very cold porch.
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Postby Rhinox » Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:52 pm

Yes, you can ship quite successfully during winter. I just received a shipment of 12 fish last weekend, no losses. The overnight temperature where I live dropped to 0 degrees F or maybe even a little below zero, and when the fish arrived, it was still only 10-15F. Use styro on all 6 sides, with heat packs taped to the inside top. Wrap the bag with the fish with brown paper - I presume to keep the heat pack from directly touching the fish bag.

see this thread for a picture of the packaging my fish arrived in: https://www.cichlid-forum.com/phpBB/view ... highlight=
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Re: shipping fish during winter

Postby rigenwalt » Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:15 pm

nauTik wrote:I've been having trouble finding a home for my fish locally so I'm looking into shipping them.

Is it any more difficult to ship fish during winter months? Or is it really as simple as making sure to include heating packs and I'll be fine?

What is the most common shipping method? I read in the article about shipping via the airport, but IME I've always gotten fish shipped to me via UPS. Is UPS overnight an alright choice for shipping my fish?

It'd only be 6-7 small fish total so I'd have no problem fitting them all in one box if that helps.

The library post was very helpful, would just like a few bits of extra advice for a first timer from some more experienced fish shippers.

Hlo buddy, i want to tell you that shipping through UPS might not be safest option due to several reasons as they are not specifically ship fishes and they don't ship fish frequently. You must chose any one who are specifically ship pet like fish. In last winter i (link removed)ship fish using Citizenshipper. And i found them quiet good. They done all the arrangement required for it. You can check pricing over there also.

Secondly, which might not be very important for you is that UPS has high overnight charges.
So do some research before shipping.

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Re: shipping fish during winter

Postby Mr Chromedome » Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:10 pm

The thread is almost 10 years old. The fish could have grown legs and walked by now. No reason to post, unless you're trying to advertise that tiny little link there.
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Re: shipping fish during winter

Postby fishboy75 » Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:10 pm

Thats what I was assuming as well, since they just joined today. What's with all the stupid solicitations on this site? You think they could easily find other forums with alot more traffic than a cichlid site haha.
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Re: shipping fish during winter

Postby DJRansome » Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:58 am

Isaias kept me offline yesterday with no power. The Moderators spend a lot of time deleting spam.
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Re: shipping fish during winter

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Re: shipping fish during winter

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rigenwalt wrote:Hey guys , sorry for that, I want to know how to delete it. As i am not able to find option to delete it


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Re: shipping fish during winter

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