How to Transport Fish

You have to move a fish tank or fish from a pond, and are in a twist, thinking about  how to transport fish? You just have to take some precautions for doing so and can easily move your fish tank or fishes from the pond to another location. The most important thing is that fish need water and oxygen, and while moving the fish you have to keep this in mind. You have to take care that the fish is not without water and oxygen.

Things needed to transport fish:

  • A bucket of 5 or 10 gallons, with a tight lid. You will need buckets according to your number of fish. You can also use a large plastic, spill-proof container. For example, Tupperware.
  • You will also need a small net. This net will help you to pick up the fish and put it into the gallon or container.
  • You will also need a siphon.
  • If you plan to shift your fish tank with the fish and water inside, you will need a large cardboard box. The box should be larger than your fish tank.
  • You will also need crumbled newspapers and Styrofoam pieces. This will protect your glass fish tank inside the box.

How to transport fish?

Fish Tank:

  • Do not feed the fish for at least two days before you shift the fish. Fish can survive for a week without food. This will help keep the water clean and oxygenated.
  • Remove the aerators and heaters from the fish tank. Place the tank in the cardboard box. Put the crumbled papers and Styrofoam, so that it does not break. This will also help to control the temperature of the tank.
  • Open the cardboard box and lid of the fish tank within every 2-3 hours. This will help circulate the air inside the tank.
  • Shift your fish tank safely, and on reaching the destination, first unpack the tank so that your fish can breathe easily.

Fish and Fish Tank separately:

If you do not want to move your fish tank with the water and fish inside, you will have to follow the steps given below:

  • As mentioned above stop feeding the fish two days prior to shifting.
  • Place the fishes in a plastic bag, bucket or container. Do not dump all in one-bag. Use different plastic bags or containers that give them space. Fill these bags with the water from the aquarium. Fill 1-2 gallons of water in every bag. Leave some space empty in the bag for air to circulate.
  • Once you are done with this, siphon the remaining water out from your fish tank.
  • Take out the heater and oxygen fittings as well. Keep everything together at one place so that you do not have to look around while placing it back in the new location.
  • Place your empty fish tank in a cardboard box and fill it with crumbled newspaper. This helps protect the glass fish tank from breaking while transit.
  • While shifting, try to empty the fish tank at the end, so that your fish do not stay in the plastic bags or containers for long. If you wrap up everything else, and then at last empty your fish tank, it will be good for your fish.
  • Place everything properly in your transit vehicle. Place the plastic bags or containers in such a way that the water does not spill. If the water spills, then your fish will die due to lack of water or oxygen.
  • On reaching the location as said, first thing set up the fish tank. Place the pumps, aerators, heaters, and all the gravels and shells (used for decoration and adds bacteria in the water) back in the tank. Fill the tank with water.
  • Do not directly put the fish into the tank. First submerge the bag (containing the fish) in the water for 15 minutes. This will help even out the temperature of the tank.
  • After this add half a cup of water from the tank to the bag. Do this every 15 minutes for the next one hour.
  • After one hour, you can pour the fish in the tank and your aquarium is ready.

Fish from Pond:

The process of moving the fish is same for the fish from the pond. Here you will need a net to first catch the fish. Using the net you can get hold of the fish and place them in a plastic bag or container.

Place these containers in the transit vehicle and on reaching your location, first place them back in the fish tank or another pond.

In this way, you can transport fish from, from pond, fish tank or transport the fish tank as well.


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