How Far Can Fish Travel?

  1. K

    Kattymatt Initiate Member

    The closest pet store to me is 2 hours and 40 minutes away? Will goldfish be ok traveling that far in the plastic bag that Petsmart puts them in for transport?

  2. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Yes, they should be fine. I've traveled with fish in a bag for longer than that.

  3. TwoHedWlf

    TwoHedWlf Well Known Member Member

    You know they'll usually take a couple days to get to the pet store, right? 3 hours is nothing, especially if the bag is filled with oxygen and they're in an insulated container.

  4. BottomDweller

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    It will probably survive but it would be better if you could put it in a bucket or tub.
  5. j

    jonahdough Initiate Member

    I live in Pennsylvania and I recently brought some saltwater fish back home that I caught in the Florida Keys and that's a 23 hour drive. I did have an airstone going in their bag. If you are worried about it, I would just get an air pump and air stone
  6. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Be careful about that. What you did might be illegal.
  7. j

    jonahdough Initiate Member

    Thanks for the advice. Everything was legal. As long as there are no protected species, they were not collected in protected areas, and you have a Florida fish collecting license, it is completely legal.
  8. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Glad you did your research and followed the rules. That's why I said "might" :)
  9. 2211Nighthawk

    2211Nighthawk Fishlore VIP Member

    Dang it all... another reason to move to the states...
  10. j

    jonahdough Initiate Member

    :) yeah the game commission down there is REALLY strict and will even sometimes threaten jail if you break the laws
  11. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Oh I know, I lived in FL for a long time :)
  12. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    This thread reminds me of something I just experienced.
    I went to PetCo, and brought home a BN, and a Honey Gourami. I ran through a grocery store, and was in there 10 minutes.
    Then I acclimated the fish for nearly an hour, about 50 minutes to be exact.

    The next morning, the HG had died, but I didn't know why.
    Later, I went to get another, and return the dead one. The employee asked me if I acclimated, and how long?
    I said, 50 minutes.

    What I got in return was this. "Woah! That's twice the time you should be acclimating them for, you suffocated your fish. If you want to return him, I have to test your water."
    My water was tested by me, using the API Master Liquid Kit, and they denied everything I mentioned. They use Tetra QuickStrips for water tests.
    I still have a dead HG in my freezer, because they wouldn't let me return it.

    Lastly, I think the culprit was the employee putting the pleco, and the HG in the same bag, from different tanks.
    Here, my second HG is just fine, and going strong.
  13. BluMan1914

    BluMan1914 Well Known Member Member

    Right there and then, I would have walked out of the store never to return.
  14. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    We bought the gourami, and I won't ever be returning to PetCo for fish. Just hermit crabs.
  15. OP

    Kattymatt Initiate Member

    I was thinking of making the drive or possibly ordering the fish. I have not researched much about ordering yet.