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Old 11-28-2012, 06:51 PM   #1 
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Question How long is too long of a car ride for a betta?

I will be going out of town for about 6 weeks and would rather take my Betta to a friend's house who has her own betta and knows how to care for them then have my parents watch the fish. I am sure they would do fine but with two dogs and three cats they will have their hands full. My friend lives about an hour away and about 40 minutes of that is freeway.

Is that too long of a drive for a Betta?
If not what is the best way to transport my betta in the car?

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Old 11-28-2012, 07:10 PM   #2 
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My girl traveled almost 3 hours in my car in her cup. I kept her in the cup holder and she did just fine. My boy traveled 2 days via mail in a little bag packed in an insulated box. He is fine as well.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:40 PM   #3 
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I was worried about the car jerking him around too much, so I put towels around the cup (not over the top) and placed it in a larger bucket, which I buckled in. If you won't be driving or you'll have a passenger, you could just hold him in his cup and s/he won't get jostled around too much.

I cranked up the heat when I drove with mine, but if you don't want to you could stick a hand warmer between the folds of the towels to keep it a little bit warmer.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:00 PM   #4 
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I transported three bettas six days cross-country in a rickety driving camper....an hour is certainly not too far. xD Your guy should be just fine.

I used the towel method as well with mine(with a bit of a variation, but I like the bucket idea). Since you just have one, you can wrap his cup nice and snug in a towel or two and put him in a smaller box or small plastic tub or something and tuck it down in the back seat or on the floor and that should keep things dark and fairly still.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:06 PM   #5 
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Even if its just 4 a 15 min ride, I place my betta in a cup holder and I wrap blankets or towels around them. My cup doesn't even shake v
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:06 PM   #6 
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I took Algernon home for Thanksgiving break. 3 hour car ride there and back to school and he was fine. At the time he was in a 1/2 gallon tank. I just took some of the water out of it and transported him that way. He was perfectly fine. He did get a little stressed out, but he is better now.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:36 PM   #7 
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My niece went from Portland, Oregon to Los Angeles with her betta no problem.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:24 PM   #8 
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I bought a boy in another city knowing i wouldnt be home for hours. He went to my grandmas where I floated him for a few hours in a heated bowl then wrapped him in towls and put his cup in the bowl. It was january in MN and very cold. We went to the airport a 20min drive. He stayed in the cold car for half an hour then made the hour ride home. He did great.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:49 AM   #9 
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Thanks everyone! My little guy is pretty easy going I just wanted to see what everyone did for transport. He did good in his cup in the cup holder on the way home so i think that method might work best :) I might have my mom riding with me so if she does I'll let her hold him .
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:06 PM   #10 
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I'm taking my baby (he's not quite full grown) on a 13 hour car ride in mid-December. I plan on doing the towel/cup/cooler combo...cross your fingers! He's not very easily stressed out anymore since I move his tank to different locations frequently and he almost doesn't get stressed during water changes anymore...but it still makes me a tad nervous since the roads will be bumpy no matter how I drive!
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