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Old 04-08-2012, 01:31 PM   #1 
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Shipping Betta Fish: Honest Advice

I'm moving and am taking a plane to get there. My greatest fear is getting there and getting some luck of the draw mean TSA agent who won't allow me to go through with my betta fish (even if the water is less than 3 oz.) I'd then be forced to either flush my betta fish, abandon it, or not get on the plane, neither of which I want to do!

So I thought I could ship my betta fish via USPS overnight flat rate. I'm shipping from New Orleans so it's pretty hot here: will that be a problem?

I figure I'd have to get something like this: (Maybe less of them? Is there a place I can?)

I'd also need to package this with bubble wrap and peanuts and put the flat rate box in a ziplock of some sort per USPS regulations.

If I do this, what are the chances my fish won't make it? It's a risk either way. If he dies in transport I'll be devastated, if I have to flush him, I'll be devastated.

ALSO: I'd be shipping him to someone who'd pick him up and take care of him before I arrived.

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Old 04-08-2012, 03:18 PM   #2 
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someone wrote an articel on this im finding it now, and at least double bag it
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Old 04-08-2012, 03:30 PM   #3 
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Take the risk and ship him. It would be WAY harder to flush a living pet!!
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Old 04-08-2012, 03:44 PM   #4 
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Shipping is 99% of the time safe. I've shipped and received a lot of bettas without an issue. Just NEVER EVER label the box as "Live Fish".

Also: has the best prices on shipping supplies.

I'd look at temps to see if you need a heat pack. It's warm enough now that it isn't really necessary but be sure to check in case.

Some tips:

Place a plastic bag with shredded paper at the bottom. In the event of the bag popping the paper will become wet and the betta will still make it safely.

Use reflective sided styrofoam for insulation. The reflective property will keep heat out and in as needed.

1/3 water 2/3 air in the bag. This is REALLY important.

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Old 04-08-2012, 04:10 PM   #5 
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Linda Olson (transhipper for bettas purchased in Thailand) taught me how to ship bettas. I use the same packaging as in the above link.
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