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Fish Shipping


Basics of Shipping Fish

By Carl Strohmeyer
Updated 10/15/13


This article is intended for shipping by bag, not moving an Aquarium.
For aquarium and containers shipping, please this Aquarium Answers article:
Aquarium Answers; Tank Moving

The primary purpose of this article is not to point out a right or wrong way to ship fish, rather to outline what the primary problems are and ways to avoid them.
As well, to provide different options as to products that may help in shipping of fish (such as from sales of fish on eBay or AquaBid).

Some of the basics are rather obvious, however I will point them out:


Here are a few of the major problems encountered in shipping to avoid as well as suggestions for these problems:

Useful Fish Shipping Products:

Kordon Methylene Blue
Once your Fish Arrive:

Please read this article section for "A Healthy Aquarium; Disease Prevention" as to the best way to acclimate your fish once they arrive:


As I hope the reader gathered from this article (which I will surely update as I gather more information, new products/methods), or simply for better clarity; I have not necessarily recommended any one method as there are many options.
Shipping larger volumes of fish involves different practices than single or a few fish (which is why Breather Bags can be a good or bad choice).
Also a large crazy fish such as some Arowana can require different handling and products to add or use.

I will comment on the method that has worked best for me for shipping via bags (it also works for containers in tank moving as well).
That is Methylene Blue along with Wonder Shell fragments and of course following the other tips as well such as withholding feedings, slow drip, etc. Use of these products addresses some of the most dangerous and important aspects of shipping.
You can also combine Methylene Blue and Wonder Shells with products such as “Aqua-Derm” or “Fish Protector” for even more potential benefits, although “Bag Buddies” should not be combined with Aqua-Derm, Fish Protector, AquaCalm, or Methylene Blue as they overlap too much in what they do to the fish.

I do disagree with one sided statements/opinions that I have heard that AquaDerm or similar products are best. This is quite bluntly comparing apples to oranges and leaves out the dangers of ammonia poisoning or pH shock that other products do address.
Unfortunately these persons that state this are not only ignoring the major killers of shipped fish, but by such bold statements are ignoring the many variables that go into shipping.

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  2. Whirling Disease in Fish
  3. Reef Aquarium Chemistry Maintenance
  4. Use of RO, DI, Softwater in Aquariums
  5. Lighting Theory of a Planted Aquarium- RQE, PFY, PAS, & PUR
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  7. Tuberculosis in Fish
  8. PUR vs PAR in Aquarium Lighting
  9. Head Pressure in Aquarium and Pond Water Pumps
  10. Fin/Tail Rot For Betta & ALL Fish
  11. Angelfish Virus/Aids
  12. Activated Carbon
  13. Fish Baths/Dips as an aid to treatment
  14. Streptococcus gram positive bacterium in aquariums, Eye Infections
  15. Hydrogen Sulfide
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  16. Fish Shipping
  17. Aquarium Size, Fish Stunting
  18. Aquarium Algae,
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  19. Aquarium Salt (Sodium chloride) in Freshwater Aquariums
  20. Betta Habitat; Wild Bettas to Domestic Betta environment parameters
  21. HITH; Hole in the Head Disease
  22. Aquarium Protein Skimmers, Ozonizers
  23. Power Head/ Water Pump Review
  24. Molly Disease/ Mollies in an Aquarium
  25. Basic Fish Anatomy, Fin Identification
  26. Aquarium Moving/ Power Failures
  27. Octopus as Aquarium Pets
  28. Aquarium Nitrates
  29. Ichthyophonus protists, fungus in fish
  30. Aquarium and Pond Filter Media
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  31. Aquarium Water Conditioners (also Pond)
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