How Long Can Fish Live In A Bag?

Fashooga

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I’m sure they could live more than three days. Most LFS that get fish from other counties take a few days to get to the buyer.
 

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Much depends on the size of the bag, how many fish, ammonia output, etc
International fish sometimes takes a week or more with delays, etc.

But if you are referring to a few fish from the lfs that you are bring home, I know the longest I have had them in a bag was 2-3 hours with no ill effects.

Are you planning to go to an lfs out of the area? If so, there are things you can do to prepare ahead of time, etc if so.
 

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Current record for fish living in a bag that I have seen was two months. They were killifish, an Aphyosemion species as I recall. They did get pretty skinny, though.

Generally, a week is not a problem. Certain types of fish that are sensitive to ammonia may not last as long. I have bagged fish the night before an auction, driven 1-3 hours to the auction, had the bags sit on a table for 5-6 hours before being sold, and then they usually sit in a styro for another hour or two till the person leaves the auction, at which point they are going to be another 1-3 hours getting home before they even think about putting them in a tank.

In your situation, I would get a pad of ammonia absorbent Polyfilter, cut a small 1/2" square and put it in each bag. Even ammonia sensitive fish will live a week or two with this in the bag. That small square will suck up a lot of ammonia.
 
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