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Old 07-21-2012, 08:12 PM   #1 
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Question Road Trip Betta

Hi all, I will be attending college this fall and I want to bring my betta with me (the dorms have a restriction on tank sizes so I'm going to buy him a new one that is the maximum size possible, which is 5 gallons). However, my school is an 8 hour drive away. I wanted to know how everyone's experiences have been transporting their bettas/fish for an extended period of time by car... Do you think he'll be stressed/ how can I make him more comfortable? All input is appreciated!
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http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=35196

A really great resource on how to prepare your betta for long trips! I've never transported a betta before, but I'm pretty sure this should help!
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Hello there! I transported 5 bettas 2000 mi by car when we moved in May. It was about 10 hrs/day. I put them in 1/2 gal 'tanks' filled half way to prevent splashing. Also place a towel around the small tank or cup the betta is in as they are less stressed in a dark environment. If you drain the betta's tank then place the cup/tank they are in just in case of incidental splashes. Also make sure to keep the car temperature constant of possible with AC if it's going to be a warm drive. Other than that, it's pretty simple. I'll be taking my boys with me to college as well this fall but mine is only 2 hrs away, and they're great roadtrippers!!
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That link is for shipping bettas, OP wants on how to bring them in the car.

If you tank is glass, I suggest draining it completely so it doesn't break and keeping your betta in the cup he/she came in or a container like it (maybe a Tupperware or something) wrap a sock/towel around so it's dark and keep the water warm, someone suggested those hand warmers that you get in the winter time, but now I think it'll be warm enough (without the AC on full blast) without one. Hope this helps :)
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:07 AM   #5 
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http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=35196

A really great resource on how to prepare your betta for long trips! I've never transported a betta before, but I'm pretty sure this should help!
Thank you for the resource!
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:08 AM   #6 
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Hello there! I transported 5 bettas 2000 mi by car when we moved in May. It was about 10 hrs/day. I put them in 1/2 gal 'tanks' filled half way to prevent splashing. Also place a towel around the small tank or cup the betta is in as they are less stressed in a dark environment. If you drain the betta's tank then place the cup/tank they are in just in case of incidental splashes. Also make sure to keep the car temperature constant of possible with AC if it's going to be a warm drive. Other than that, it's pretty simple. I'll be taking my boys with me to college as well this fall but mine is only 2 hrs away, and they're great roadtrippers!!
Thank you for the tips! I'm glad I'm not the only one who is making my fish ride in the car for 8+ hours ;)
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That link is for shipping bettas, OP wants on how to bring them in the car.

If you tank is glass, I suggest draining it completely so it doesn't break and keeping your betta in the cup he/she came in or a container like it (maybe a Tupperware or something) wrap a sock/towel around so it's dark and keep the water warm, someone suggested those hand warmers that you get in the winter time, but now I think it'll be warm enough (without the AC on full blast) without one. Hope this helps :)
Thank you much! This has definitely helped :)
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Hey! My betta did SO well with our trip we took today. Be careful with stopping and turning cause they get quite frightened.
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Hey! My betta did SO well with our trip we took today. Be careful with stopping and turning cause they get quite frightened.
Oh that's great to hear! :) I'll drive carefully too!
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