I've already read shipping threads where the person instructed how to ship fish (1fish2fish, the sticky, and so forth). I have a few questions however:
1) The sticky and 1fish2fish's advice don't really go together about the water when shipping. The sticky says to use clean tank water (as in, change the water one or two days before shipping and ship the fish in the water). However, 1fish2fish says to use clean dechlorinated water. What are the pros and cons of each?
2) As I'm technically not shipping but transporting the boys to NC for the summer, would it be okay to forgo the heating pad? I'm worried that the box might get too hot, especially since I don't use air conditioning in my car and it can get pretty warm in there. We plan on stopping to get lunch and so forth, so the fish might in the car for a while. I plan on acclimating them for a few hours when I get home to get them used to the temperature and water quality change.
3) Can I use lots of newspapers to wedge the boys comfortably in the box? I don't want to use packing peanuts or styrofoam if deemed unnecessary (that and I don't know where to get them
I plan on packing up my room this weekend, and the next thing after that is figuring out how to ship the fish comfortably and safely. I plan on going to PetCo this weekend and getting some bags for the boys (2 per fish, plus a few extras) and rubber bands. Should I feed them the day before shipping, including the night before if we leave at 8am the next day?
Thanks in advance for your advice!