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Old 11-04-2010, 02:41 PM   #1 
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Question Betta Travel

So I am a college student going to school in wisconsin but I live in detriot
I am going home for break for 10 days and I dont wanna risk starving my lavender and red betta (Gomer) to death, I want to take him on the train with me I have a Glass jar with a lid (basically a mason jar) that is all set up with rocks and a plant to transport him in, But I am unsure if 12 hours in an enclosed lided jar will kill him. I plan on keeping the jar in my purse because im pretty sure I cant technically bring fish on a train. and I have enough stuff in there that will keep the jar upright. But I dont want to kill him. What would you say is the best way to discreatly transport a fish? is my plan a sufficant one or is there a better one?
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:12 PM   #2 
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no rocks, if you get bumped or the train rocks to much it might hurt him. I think you will be ok if you open the jar every hour to get some air exchange itll be fine. I brought my betta from DC to NY, 4 hr train ride, and my betta did fine. He wasnt happy, but he was alive and just mad at me. I had a ball of moss and just his aquarium water. I also dosed with stress coat right before leaving since it has a calming effect on fish.
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:23 PM   #3 
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I agree - No rocks. Too risky if the jar gets bumped. Also, I would personally recommend a plastic jar. I'd be afraid of breaking the glass. But that is just me.

And I'd only put in the plant if it was live. A fake plant might just hurt him.

If you don't fill the jar all the way up with water, maybe just 3/4 of the way full, it should help with having enough air for him to breath. Maybe like you said though, just open it a time or two for fresh air.

Your fish should make the trip OK. When you get home set him up in his tank (or whatever you plan to keep him in while there) right away. Then leave him alone for a while so he can settle back down.
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:31 PM   #4 
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I live about 10-12 hours away from home too. I've transported my bettas in the small containers they came in, and they were fine. I put them all in a cardboard box and wrapped a towel around them to keep them warm and prevent them from moving.

I personally also wouldn't use rocks. Just fill the jar up with some water (doesn't even need to be close to full) and the plant, if it's soft.

Or you could always consider leaving him. Bettas can go for about a month without food.
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:00 PM   #5 
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Or you could always consider leaving him. Bettas can go for about a month without food.
I feel like this is a really risky thing to do...

Also, you could place a lid on the betta tank at school and toss in a load of shrimp... the betta will hunt them when hungry and leave em alone when they are not.
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:19 PM   #6 
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I dont have a tank. we cant have tanks only bowls so I dont have a filter. so theres also the problem of his bowl would get filthy if I left him here for 10 days
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:38 PM   #7 
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How about punching some holes in the lid to make sure he has air?

I also agree with the no rocks thing.

Hope all goes well!
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:43 PM   #8 
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I would put him in the cup he came in or a clean Gladware container and put it in a small cooler with towels or something to keep him from sliding around and put shipping heat packs or a couple of those hand warmer things in there with him.
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