There is a lot of traffic nowadays about fish being transported regularly either as food or ornamental and recreational purposes, however simple it may be, the process needs to be dine with caution.
Fish may be small but transporting it can be a challenge. Not for those who transport it as a food supply, but when you transport live fish, then that is where the challenge lies. Fish for food only gets to be transported using refrigerated cargo holds or placed on tubs of ice when they are delivered to their drop off points for market distribution.Tropical and ornamental fish need to be transported alive and there are ways to do it to avoid dying in the process.
Do not feed your fish 24 to 48 hours before travelling
If you are travelling to another location for a few hours, then it is advisable for you not to feed them prior to travel.Fish that have eaten continue to have bowel movements which may contaminate the water and cause them to die easily. Do this when you are already preparing for the move and making sure that you avoid feeding them all throughout the process.
Secure plastic bags and containers for fish, substrates and accessories used in the their tanks
For small fish, it is advisable to place them in plastic bags at the last minute that you are about to leave. The water you put in the bags shall be the same water that you will be getting from the tank so that the fish would not be shocked at the sudden transfer or change of their water, which could stress them and cause them to die.Only fill the bag up to two thirds of the way up and leave room for air, pump in air into the bag before closing it, If you do not have an air pump you could blow in air into the bag by positioning yourself 2 to 3 feet away from the mouth of the bag. Blowing into the bag directly with your mouth will only get carbon dioxide into the bag instead of oxygen and could endanger your fish. Having oxygen inside the bags allow the water to be aerated which is important for the fish as well.Use rubber bands to seal the bags so that it will be easy to open it instead of tying a knot.
Securing your tank and other elements when ready to transport
Make sure that you move the substrates from the tank after bagging the fish. Make sure that prior to loading them, make sure they have been cleaned. Do not mix the substrates all together instead, segregate them accordingly. Plants and ornaments are to be placed in bags as well with water from the tank, this preserves the helpful bacteria that you would like to see thriving inside the aquarium.
Acclimate the fish before replacing them back
Upon arrival, make sure that you set up the aquarium tank before opening the bags of fish. Place back all the substrates and ornaments in then slowly being to let water to fill in the tank. May fish enthusiasts treat the water with solution drops to help create a disinfected yet ideal environment for the fish.Place the bags with the fish inside the tank without opening it. This is called acclimation which means that you allow the water inside the bag to slowly duplicate the temperature of the water from the tank. You may then put the fish into the tank in an hour or so.