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Old 06-29-2012, 10:46 PM   #21 
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It's really up to you if you want to use their cups or mason jars. I used their cups and it was a ten day journey.

I had 2 gallon jugs with pre-treated water but it froze in the backseat, so I just used Canadian hotel water for the changes. Just make sure you can easily access their supplies. Also, if you can get a syringe or turkey baster, you can use that to get poop out of the cups without water changes. I also had their tank theomoters with them so I knew how cold/hot it was. I think I only feed them in hotel stops so they only got fed 3 times in 10 days. Or maybe I fed them 1 pellet a day. I don't remember.

Is it really important that they get out and have swim time? Even if they are in a slightly bigger jar than their cups (mason jar-ish)?
I had their stuff in a 2 gallon storage container, so I let them each have like 1.5 hours at each hotel to swim free. I don't think it's necessary though.

Also, you will be on paved roads, I was on the Alaska Highways for like a week - which was nothing but snow and ice for like 2000 miles. VERY bumpy. I'm sure they did not like the sloshing around, but they survived. I don;t think it would be much different them shipping them via plane with turbulance and whatnot.

The biggest concerns would be:
1) tempature
2) water quality

water changes are easy at hotels but keeping the temp good for them might be a challenge. Even in the backseat it can get too hot or too cold.

Tikibirds : I read some of your story when I did a search on these forums on this subject. So sad!
I was very sad when I found most were frozen :(. However, I was able to save some here from pretty dire conditions since I had the extra space and that made me happy. I just wish my fav guy had survived :(

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Old 06-30-2012, 10:20 PM   #22 
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thanks everyone for your advice - so very helpful! I've decided to bring them with me in mason jars and will pack them in their empty tank along with those hand warmer things and towels/bubble wrap.

ok now how do I bring the driftwood I have with the live plant attached? Do you think a water soaked hand towel wrapped around the roots would be enough?
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Old 07-01-2012, 12:27 PM   #23 
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That sounds like a good idea for the plant/driftwood. When we received live plants at petsmart attached to driftwood they were just in a sealed bag with very little water. Can't guarentee it will survive for sure but it is better than nothing. In my kritter keeper with one of my bettas I floated all my live plants and they survived.
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