I got this off some websites it's good advice. I am not crediting them because they have other links that give some not as good advice. Try to take with you a small box (small coolers work great!!) to place the bagged betta(s) in. Some newspapers can be used to keep the bag(s) from moving around inside the box. Once the bags are secured, place the box or cooler in your car on the floor, or have your passenger keep them on their lap. Keep away from direct sunlight or A/C vents. The big NONO is to stop along the way and run some errands while you are at it. You just can't do that. The temperature in a car fluctuates greatly and rapidly. Park it in the sun for a miserable few minutes and your bettas might turn into fish soup >:(( . Park it in the cold and they might get hypothermia. So for God's sake, just drive home, straight home, you'll do your shopping later!!! LOL
After you have a read our betta care section if you find you are faced with financial obstacles let me know I can lead to you to some cheaper supplies.
Transporting your bettas.
Of course, if you are as impatient as I am, you probably are dying to see your new bettas swimming in their new tank. You would just looOOooove to just dump them right in there. Behold! Impatience can kill. So control your impulses, don't be selfish and think about your betta's well being first. After all, you will have months and hopefully a couple of years to admire him in his new tank/jar, but only 24 hrs to acclimate him properly. So do the job right :). TAKE THE TIME NECESSARY to do the transition smoothly. Don't rush it. Fish are EXTREMELY sensitive to water temperature or water quality changes and any abrupt changes will cause dramatic stress for the fishes.
uControl your impulse!!
Now some of you may already have brought your Betta home from the
store and put it in the tank, so if you didn’t do things exactly
right so don’t worry. It’s generally not a life or death situation
if done incorrectly, but if done properly will greatly reduce the
stress your Betta goes through.
Just try to keep those tips in mind for any future Betta Fish that
– Acclimating your Betta Fish –
Remember how your Betta Fish doesn’t like rapid changes in
environment? Well the water that is in the bag most likely is not
exactly like the tank that you prepared.
Here’s some tips on how to transition your Betta into his new tank:
* let the bag float in the tank for at least a few hours. What this
does is make the temperature in the bag the same as the tank.
This way there is no temperature shock to your Betta Fish when
released into the tank.
* if the fish is in a bag try cutting a small hole in the bag to let
some tank water in. You want to slowly get the tank water to blend
with the bag water. The worst thing you could do is simply dump
the whole bag in the tank when you get home.
* use a clothespin or tape to keep the bag hanging in the tank and
cut more holes every hour or so until the bag seems completely
full with tank water
– Quarantine Tank –
Another option to acclimate your Betta is to use what’s called a
Quarantine Tank, which is a temporary tank the Betta lives
in for a week or so before moving to its permanent tank.
It allows the Betta to “de-stress” from the ride home before
encountering its permanent home with gravel, plants, and filters.
Plus the Quarantine tank allows the Betta to slowly adjust to water
conditions at home.
* You can use a clean vase or small tank and simply pour the Betta
into it using the water from the bag. Slowly add water from
(or similar to) the ‘big’ tank to this quarantine tank. This
allows the fish to acclimate to the new water.
* Once the quarantine tank is full mostly of ‘new’ tank water then
your Betta should be ready for the transition to its permanent
I like the second approach best.