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Old 06-16-05, 12:18 PM   #1
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live aquatic animal transportation

My question is, I own fish and I will often buy live food for them (blood worms and brine shrimp) And the live food has to be kept wet or it might die. So how can I get the live food back to my place with out spilling it, and keeping it wet so it does not die.
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Can't you put it in a gallon jug and cut holes in the top of the jug, then fill it halfway with water and stick your worms and shrimp in it?

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The gallon jug would be to big to fit in the big bag I got, and would only work with the blood worms, with the shrimp you have to use salt water, and I never worked with salt water, and from what I read that is a bit of an expensive job you need the sea salt, you need something to measure the "specific gravity" aka the amount of salt in the water. I should also note that if you do not have it in the right range, the shrimp will drown, (yes I know they will drown in my tank to, but they still have 3 hours for the fish to eat them before they drown) I know it odd to talk about a aquatic animal drowning in water but they can.
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Just double up some ziplocks. Or I can sell you some small fishbags.
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How about using a Camelback? =)
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If you're buying your fish food at the fish store, don't they usually put it in a bag, put in some oxygen, and then seal the top with a twist-tie? You could put that in another bag and then into your handlebar bag, pannier, messenger bag, backpack, etc.
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Have them double bag it, should be fine.

Brine shrimp is actually very easy to raise is you're so inclined. Their tolerance for different specific gravity levels is pretty high, and all you need is an airstone in a small (I used a 2.5 gallon) tank or even like a large pickle jar or something. They are somewhat slow to grow, but feed them a pulverized seaweed based food and you are controlling the nutrition for your fish.
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I don't know what you use to carry your stuff, but either use a large plastic container (the kind used to store cereals or sugar at home) in a pannier or in a milk crate attached to your rear rack. If the store sells you the worms in a ziplock bag full of salt water, simply put the bag into the plastic container and it will be safe.

For really large transports, a two-wheel child or cargo trailer would work fine.
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This reply is a bit late, but I just stumbled on this thread and it brought back memories. I used to have an aquarium when I was a teenager. I'd buy fish and then make the 15-minute bike ride home with the fish in my back pack. (This is in Finland, practically every kid cycles to school, or at least everybody did at the time in our school.) The shop would pack the fish in a plastic bag, sealed with some air in it. If it was cold (I remember cycling at -15 C with fish), they would wrap a thick layer of newspaper over the plastic bag. The fish always made it just fine.

I guess things would be different if your trip is longer or the animals need better ventilation. My fish tank was freshwater, and the fish were relatively cheap compared to saltwater coral reef animals.

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i have carried 4 5-gallon buckets of paint on an xtracycle. plenty of room for shrimp in dem buckets. brine shrimp, popcorn shrimp, shrimp gumbo, shrimp croquettes...

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