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#1 Moontanman

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 07:43 PM

Where is the best place to get shipping supplies? I need bags, rubber bands, and boxes. Are breathing bags best? 


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#2 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 08:55 PM

Breathing bags can work, but O2 and a real bag is much safer. Uline has good bags. You can get bags off of aquabid. You can get an O2 tank from Tractor supply company. Or you can take a couple balloons to a welder and give them a couple bucks to fill them. Don't use welding O2 for gar, bowfin or any other obligate air breather. Will kill them. I promise.


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#3 mattknepley

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:44 AM

DLV, can you elaborate more on 02 from Tractor Supply? I looked up their site and found these options; http://www.tractorsu...en gas cylinder

For an everyday schmoo like me, is there a cost effective option? Is this like propane, where I'd buy one tank and keep it for refills rather than trading it in each time? I'm assuming 20 ft3 would last me a long, long time.
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#4 Cu455

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 08:17 AM

I never used them but they are a vendor on a reef site and have great reviews. They also have a shipyourreptile business which also has great reviews. You also get to use their cooperate account for discounted shipping.

https://shipyouraquatics.com/

A LFS might be able to fill your bags with O2 for you. A dive shop might be able to help. If you want a small bottle for you house something like spare air will work. This is a small air tank divers will carry as a back up.

#5 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:03 AM

DLV, can you elaborate more on 02 from Tractor Supply? I looked up their site and found these options; http://www.tractorsu...en gas cylinder

For an everyday schmoo like me, is there a cost effective option? Is this like propane, where I'd buy one tank and keep it for refills rather than trading it in each time? I'm assuming 20 ft3 would last me a long, long time.

Yeah,the TSC option is pricey for an occasional shipper. The Spare Air idea is good. I tend to get altitude sickness above 7000ft. Last time we were out west Heather found O2 bottles at a pharmacy just for that. I imagine you can find those online.


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#6 Moontanman

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:09 PM

I have never used oxygen to ship, most if not all of the fish or crayfish arrived live. I doubt I'll be shipping enough to justify TSC but I have decided to start breeding natives and again and collecting them as well. Never say never! 

 

Thanks for the links Cu! 


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#7 gerald

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 10:25 AM

I like Kordon Breathing Bags for very small fish, an inch or less.  The lack of air space means they don't slosh around, and for some reason I dont understand sloshing seems to be more stressful to very small fish.  O2 transport through the bag is easily sufficient for small fish.  For bigger fish (3"+), fin spines and O2 diffusion rate might be limiting, so I'd use regular polyethylene bags.  Whether or not to fill bags with O2 depends how long they'll be in the bags.  If 2 days or less, ambient air is usually fine.   Adding O2 will NOT reduce the fishes' ammonia production, so over-crowding is still deadly whether you use O2 or not.


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