How to carry the fish

Written by Robert Walker On November - 25 - 2011 under Aquarium 0 Comment

Capturing the fish

Once you have all the answers regarding what you want and you have decided to buy, you can star to catch the targeted fish. It is recommended that the transport water used to carry the fish in a bag to come right from the tank where your fish lives. It’s your right to choose the fish or group of fish you want, and a good seller will be able to catch exactly the fish you just indicated. When the fish are in your bag make a final check on the number and quality of the fish caught. Now you can take a better look at your fish one that you could not be able to take when they were found in the aquarium. Check the general health, fins and gills state, any deformities.

Packing the fish.

It is equally important for both you and the seller that the chosen fish get to your home safely. You should always say if you are traveling a long distance or you have any stops on the road. Fish can be prepared so that they can cope to a trip of 24 hours or more. Big fish are packed separately in bags so as not to crush their bodies by touching each other during transport. The same will apply in the case of carrying a spiny fin fish (Discus fish, cat fish) taking additional measure of safety that doubling or even tripling the transport bags. Corners of the bag will be sealed with tape to prevent blocking of fish in that area when carrying them, especially for small fish.

For short trips, the fish bag can be placed in a dark paper bag to reduce light and thus the stress of fish inserted in a plastic bag (which is useful since you can se the wet paper bag and know if the plastic back leaks and is about to break).

For a longer road you can buy more bags from the store and a rectangular polystyrene box (good insulator and silencer), which can be stored and reused for future fish transportation. Potential space between the walls of the box was empty and fish bags inflated bag is filled with air (like a balloon) or crumpled newsprint made.

Journey by car

In the ideal case of using a box as described above, you can simply place it in the trunk. If you only fish in a bag or plastic, it may good to have it held in arms or between legs on the floor, or even in one of the passengers sits. If you are alone in the car, you can sit the bag on the floor, standing with his mouth (closed) up, immobilizing it by sliding the passenger seat back.

Do not leave the bag free to roll on the floor, never hung in any rack because every fish is being hit and rolled repeatedly by each braking or acceleration, which can cause them injuries and in some cases, even death. Not to neglect is the fact that the fish will feel better during transportation if you do not start within the car audio system turned at maximum or the cool or hot air at maximum. A certain air heating machine is indicated, but the orientation of a hot air jet to the transport bag will be able to cook fish before you get home!


After arriving at your destination, your new bought fish will be kept in a quarantine tank different from the main aquarium. A period of several days is generally sufficient to ensure that fish began to feed properly and don’t show any disease symptoms.

The introduction of fish in the quarantine aquarium (whose lights should be extinguished, leaving only marine aquariums for actinic blue light) can be done using two methods of acclimatization:

– The first method is to let the bag float on the surface of the closed tank for about 20 minutes, allowing equalization of temperatures in the two environments. Then open the bag and the fish and water will be phased over the fish tank. The process generally lasting 10 minutes, it will be slowed if there are large differences in terms of hardness or pH of the two waters. When enough water has been mixed, the fish will be helped out and the bag will be removed from the aquarium.

– The second method involves opening the transport bag and its contents carefully pouring (water + fish) in a bucket. The method will only work if there is enough water to cover the fish after being inserted into the bucket. We will then proceed to mix a small amount of aquarium water every few minutes to complete mixing of the two waters (the transport used and the aquarium). At this point, the fish may be transshipped through a net, you can let the water bucket be. This is the most recommended option and will also complete your fish carrying procedure.

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Featured posts

Algae eating fish

Posted on : Apr - 20 - 2012

Many beginner aquarists’ chose to populate their aquariums ...

Gold fish

Posted on : Sep - 26 - 2011

Rising gold fish as pets was a known ...

Guppy (Poecilia reticulat

Posted on : Sep - 27 - 2011

Poecilia reticulata) fish. The choice is understandable, because ...

Tubifex worms

Posted on : Sep - 28 - 2011

In terms of feeding fish in the aquarium ...