Although fish are not ideal travel companions, there are some things that can be done to make sure that their well-being is maintained during their stay.
When planning on taking your fish on a plane, make sure that the carrier you use will allow them to fly with you. Also, make sure that they’re properly packaged.
Source: TSA official guidelines on Bringing Live Fish on the plane
If you plan on driving, your final destination should be less than 48 hours away from where you intended to go. Having a plan in place for your fish to stay overnight is also an important step.
Choosing A Travel Container
It’s a bad idea for a fish to spend a lot of time away from its home aquarium. Since full-size aquariums are not ideal for transporting fish, many people use plastic bags to transport them.
You can buy a sturdy container that’s big enough to accommodate your fish, or you can use a lidded container. Make sure the water has enough oxygen to allow the fish to swim comfortably.
Getting Your Fish There
Ideally, your fish should be placed inside a heat pack to keep them warm when temperatures get low. This will help them keep their body warm while they’re being transported.
Place the fish in a bag. It’s important to make sure that the fish has its own bag since it will be placed inside a second bag. To prevent the bag from leaking, wrap the bubble wrap around the container and secure it with a tie.
Before transporting fish, make sure to fill your bag with fresh, clean water. It’s also a good idea to use water taken from your own tank.
It’s possible to keep a fish alive on a long trip. However, make sure that you’re doing everything that’s necessary to ensure that the fish is safe and well-fed.
You cannot take joy in the transporting of live fish. The longer your fish is in transit, the more likely it will suffer from its illness. You can safely ship live fish through the mail, but this method can be disastrous if you have fragile fish.
Is It Possible To Transport Fish In A Ziploc Bag?
Since the waterproof seals of the bag can get exposed, it’s important to keep the bag upside down to avoid potential air leakages.
Although it’s possible to transport fish in a ziplock bag, they should not stay inside the bag for more than 30 minutes. To avoid this, make sure the bag is clean and has no holes.
If you are transporting saltwater fish, make sure that the bags are clean and have no holes. This will prevent the chemicals from leaching from the bag.
Since the bags can collapse at any time, they can cause a depletion in oxygen. Also, keeping these bags inside for long periods could expose the fish to serious risks.
How Long Can Fish Go Without Getting Oxygen?
Without oxygen, a fish can only survive for about two days. This means that it needs to circulate the water to collect oxygen.
A fish can live for up to a week in shallow water conditions. However, it will most likely die if it gets too crowded due to the depletion of oxygen.
When transporting small fish, such as fries, inside a closed container, they can get killed. This is because bags are more economical and can transport the fish much farther.
A fish can live in a closed container for about 2 hours. The conditions inside the vessel will become unfavorable after that time.
Also, keeping a fish inside a closed container for more than 40 minutes can cause it to deplete its oxygen.
How Long Can Fish Survive In An Oxygen-Rich Bag?
A fish can live for up to 2 days inside a bag containing enough oxygen. It depends on the environment’s humidity and the type of oxygen that’s inside the bag.
The fish inside a bag should be exposed to minimal stress to maintain its proper growth. Also, the bag should be secured tightly to prevent the fish from wandering and consuming more oxygen.
You should not leave a fish in its bag for more than 20 minutes before transferring it to the tank.
During this time, you can also make various changes to the tank. For instance, you can add more water to the tank. You can also double the water supply by closing the hood of the bag.
Once the fish has already gotten used to the 50% water and the bag’s contents, it’s time to introduce it to the aquarium.
It’s also important to watch how the fish responds to the water. If it scratches its body against the components of the tank, it might indicate that the water is excessively alkaline.
Do not feed the fish immediately after it gets into the tank. This will cause the fish to get used to its new environment.
Extending The Lifespan Of Fish In A Bag Before Transferring To A Tank
To properly transport your fish, you need to ensure that the temperature and dissolved oxygen levels are maintained inside a bag.
Keep in mind that fish can still get harmed by ammonia compounds even at low levels. They can also get rid of them by producing ammonia through their gill membranes.
Ammonia can also cause the water inside the bag to become acidic. This can damage the health of the fish and cause them to die.
Also, keeping the water temperature at a low temperature will help the fish consume less energy. An increase in temperature can also speed up the fish’s metabolism.
To prevent this issue, make sure that the bag you use has a minimum 3mm thickness. Also, avoid using pillow-slip bags since they can create sharp corners.
To properly transport fish, fold the bag’s corners into a square. Then, tap the sides to prevent the corners.
Fish bags that feature a flat bottom can be commonly used to transport fish. These bags are safer than those with a protruding lid.
After the bag has been filled, it must be sealed carefully. This can be done by using rubber bands to twist the top.
Traveling With A Goldfish
For various reasons, I had a baby in Toronto and lived in an apartment with a small kitchen. At Christmas, we would get a live tree to decorate our home. In January, I would store it on the back porch and watered it once a month.
When I flew to Newfoundland, I took the tree out to the house and planted it. It grew on the front yard.
A few days later, I found an iceberg floating in the ocean. I climbed down on a rock face and cut it off with an axe. At the time, I was at the Griffin Poetry Prize.
In the fall, before I went back to Toronto, I picked the apples and brought them on board the plane. My mother told me that they should be kept in the fridge for a few months to help them grow.
A friend asked me to throw a piece of labradorite into an Egyptian pyramid.
I forgot that I had it on me. It was a really nice knife and I was sad to think that I would lose it. As I was thinking about it, I realized that what I was doing was living in the life of a migrating flock of sheep.
Travel To The United States From Abroad
In Singapore, there are a variety of shops selling shrimp, and if you can find one that has painted fire or BKK tanks, then you should definitely check it out. Aside from these, there are also a few pet stores that carry painted fire shrimp as well.
My love for wild-caught Caridina shrimp has turned me into a white whale. These little guys were briefly available in the US a couple of years ago, but they usually don’t show up on importer lists.
Since I don’t know much about these animals, I’m not exactly sure what species they are. In order to get some close-up photos of them, I’m going to need to transport them to a tank somewhere where I can watch them. Doing so will involve a complicated process.
Other Miscellaneous Items Allowed on the Plane
|Artificial Skeleton Bones||Yes||Yes||TSA|
|Balloons (not inflated)||Yes||Yes||TSA|
|Battery powered wheel chairs and mobility devices||No||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Belts, Clothes and Shoes||Yes||Yes||TSA|
|Biological specimens, non-infectious, in preservative solutions||Yes (Special Instructions)||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Black Jacks (Self-Defense Weapons)||No||Yes||TSA|
|Brass Instruments||Check with Airline||Yes||TSA|
|Car Parts||Yes (Special Instructions)||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Child Car Seat||Yes||Yes||TSA|
|Cologne||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Concealer||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Conditioner||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Cremated Remains||Yes (Special Instructions)||Yes||TSA|
|Cymbals||Yes (Special Instructions)||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Disassembled computer/computer parts/external hard drives||Yes||Yes||TSA|
|Drones, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)||Check with Airline||Check with Airline||TSA|
|Drum Sticks (instrument drum set)||Yes||Yes||TSA|
|Dry Ice||Check with Airline||Check with Airline||TSA|
|Dry Shampoo (aerosol)||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|E-liquids||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|E-Z Pass Transponders||Yes||Yes||TSA|
|Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices||Yes (Special Instructions)||No||TSA|
|Electronic Toothbrush||Yes (Special Instructions)||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Emergency Position-Indicating Radiobeacons (EPIRB)||Check with Airline||Check with Airline||TSA|
|Eye Liners (liquid)||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Foam Toy Sword||No||Yes||TSA|
|Formaldehyde solution, less than 10 percent||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Foundation||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Glass Picture Frame||Yes||Yes||TSA|
|Glass Vase (empty)||Yes||Yes||TSA|
|Glow Sticks||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Guitar||Yes (Special Instructions)||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Hair Gel||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Hair Spray||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Hair Straightener, flat iron (with cord)||Yes (Special Instructions)||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Hair Texturizer (aerosol)||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Harry Potter wand||Yes||Yes||TSA|
|Heated Jackets / Sweaters||Yes (Special Instructions)||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Hoverboards||Check with Airline||Check with Airline||TSA|
|Ice||Yes (Special Instructions)||Yes||TSA|
|Laser Hair Remover||Yes||Yes||TSA|
|Liquid nitrogen in a dry shipper||Yes (Special Instructions)||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Luggage Protection Covers||Yes||Yes||TSA|
|Makeup Remover||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Mascara||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Metal Detector||Check with Airline||Check with Airline||TSA|
|Multi-tools||Yes (Special Instructions)||Yes||TSA|
|Nail Polish||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Nail Polish Remover||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Night Vision Goggles||Yes||Yes||TSA|
|Perfume||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Permeation devices for calibrating air quality||No||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Segways||Check with Airline||Check with Airline||TSA|
|Shampoo||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Small Pets||Check with Airline||Check with Airline||TSA|
|Snow Globes||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Soap (Liquid)||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Solar Panels||Check with Airline||Check with Airline||TSA|
|Steel Toe Boots||Yes||Yes||TSA|
|Stun Guns/Shocking Devices||No||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Sunscreen||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Tattoo Inks||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Toothpaste||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
|Toy Guns and Weapons||Yes (Special Instructions)||Yes||TSA|
|Violins||Yes (Special Instructions)||Yes (Special Instructions)||TSA|
|Weather Barometer or Thermometer (Mercury)||Yes (Special Instructions)||No||TSA|
|Wine bottle||Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)||Yes||TSA|
Before you can bring home a fish, you need to make sure that the conditions are right for its storage. Aside from keeping the fish fresh, also preparing it for its transport is important.
It’s important to keep one fish inside the bag at a time. Doing so will prevent the two fish from causing pH levels to increase dramatically.
Allowing the fish to be kept inside the bag at a time also helps prevent predatory attacks. Also, transporting fish in containers can cause noticeable side effects due to their varying temperature.