Custom made Styrofoam and corrugated shipping boxes designed specifically for the tropical fish industry.
Use your regular tap water when setting up the aquarium to be used for the shipped fish. Be sure your aquarium filter has fully established nitrifying bacteria or be certain to have an "active filter" with established nitrifying bacteria, ready to put in when your shipped tropical fish are added. You can also use a bacteria starter culture to help establish the biological cycle, but these will not work at well as an established active sponge filter. Do NOT put your shipped tropical fish into pure "R.O." or de-ionized water. This will greatly stress and probably kill your newly shipped fish. They need to be acclimated to this type of water slowly over time.
First, we ask that you do not have the fish shipped if you have no leeway in the delivery time. The overnight carriers that we use are fairly reliable, but if the carrier is late, we don't want the fish to die because you were unable to wait longer. If the fish are not there by 10:30 AM, contact us right away. The carriers are late often enough, that you don't want to try and pinpoint the delivery. If you have to leave, place a note for the carrier driver to take the fish to another near-by address where the box can be signed for and brought indoors. If the shipped fish are a full day late, and you or someone else can't be there to accept delivery, call us and we can possibly make arrangements to have them sent to another address. The carriers are somewhat flexible and we can often re-route the shipped fish to another address. It can go to a neighbor, a work address, any business in town, or the nearest . Many find it more convenient to schedule the shipment to be picked up at the UPS Center, which is the fastest and safest method when getting new tropical fish shipped in. When picking fish up at UPS, always take your tracking # and identification with you.
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Have an aquarium ready for your shipped tropical fish. It is best to quarantine your new arrivals from any other fish you have. They are stressed by shipping and susceptible to any pathogens your other aquariums may contain. If you do not properly quarantine them, you will risk having them die. Anything added from another tank to your quarantine tank means that it is no longer quarantined. Just because your existing tank shows no signs of disease, it may still contain pathogens. They can be present in low numbers waiting for a stressed fish to attack.Critical: Part of acclimating your new tropical fish is to not feed smaller fish for at least 24 hours and preferably 48 hours for larger ones. When you do start feeding, start with no more than one or two bites of dry food. Normal sized feedings can make your fish sick or even cause newly shipped fish to die! Remove all uneaten food within 2 minutes. If you cannot get them to eat dry food, try a very small amount of a live food. However, it is best to not feed live foods during the first week. Do not feed frozen foods for any reason during the first week after their arrival!Shipping can be stressful on fish. Be prepared with an ammonia neutralizer. If you smell heavy ammonia, you should add an appropriate amount to each bag to eliminate some of the ammonia. It may be necessary to repeat this if the acclimation takes a long time, you see signs of stress or if you smell strong ammonia at any point. If the fish are stressed because the water is too cold, they must be warmed up to a reasonable temperature rather quickly. It is best to empty each bag into an appropriately sized, fish-safe, bucket. Lots of surface area is important. Do not aerate the water, and do not float the bags in an aquarium. When very cold, and in the presence of a tranquilizer (which we commonly use) the tropical fish can appear dead and yet be fine (still, you should call us). Always acclimate shipped fish that seem to be dead. Most times, they are just in a torpid state from the shipping conditions, and will be just fine if warmed up soon enough, and acclimated properly. To warm the tropical fish, place their bucket into a larger container that contains warmer water. This should be done until the temperature gets into the low 70's. The acclimation procedure can be started while the water is warming.AirLiner was initially designed to keep heat out of your fresh and frozen shipments; however, it does an equally superior job keeping heat and warmth in your shipment - if that's what you require! The unique thermal design is perfect for shipping products that can't get too cold such as live tropical fish, pharmaceutical products and other products which must maintain specific temperature ranges.