Transporting Fish

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  1. Novy

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    Hi Guy's,

    Has anyone transported Fish from the Ocean to your Aquarium,
    Whats your thoughts on doing so?
     
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    What sort of distance are we talking about?
     
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    DBN to JHB
     
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    Put them in bucket of fresh seawater collected just before you leave on the backseat. That is how we do it. Can get fancy and run a battery air pump or put them all in separate containers, but we found a few of them together in a bucket is more than enough to make the 6-7 hour trip without stress.
     
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    should i not add anything to the water?
     
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    Just the fish. :lol: There is normally enough bacteria in seawater to prevent any ammonia issues for a few hours, just collect the water in the surf zone a few minutes before you leave and it should be ok.
     
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    I think our record for transporting fish like that is 26 hours, but then they were all in separate 5 liter water bottles filled up about a third of the way (we slept over on the way home), didn't lose any fish.
     
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    i plan to go to the Ocean on Friday and Saturday,
    but i will only leave dbn on Sunday morning.
    is it that advisable or not?
     
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    Just change all the water daily with your fish and keep an air pump with air stone in bucket while you are keeping them where you are staying. Then just get fresh seawater Sunday morning before you leave.
     
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    thanks a mill
     
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    Seeing as your tank is still cycling, i wouldnt collect anything just yet
     
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    you are correct mine is still in Cycling.
    i plan to put them in a friends Quarantine Tank till mine is cycled properly
     
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    Get yourself some relatively thick clear bags, elastics and a battery pump.

    Bag them the fish come all the way from Indo that way.

    With regards to the legalities transporting them cross province I'm not sure that is another topic on its own.
     
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    What Fish have you collected from DBN?
     
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    Lots of fish, you can basically get most of the Indian ocean coral reef fish there, some just a bit rarer than others.
     
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    @Novy - where are you planning to collect fish? Just going to the Durban area?
     
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    Those local elephant slugs /scutus - i can report if you aint got no algae they don't mind nibbling a bit of sps
     
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    yip just DBN
     

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