Travelling with pets is a difficult task at the best of times and it is made even more challenging when they require a particular environment and equipment. Fish are an example of one of these pets. Travelling with your pet fish needs careful planning and action to ensure they remain safe and healthy during your trip. Motors.co.uk has come up with a few useful ways to guarantee travelling with your fish goes swimmingly!
1. Plan appropriately
Before you set off on your travels, you need to find out the details of your travel plans. Fish are delicate creatures and require particular care. If you are going to be staying anywhere overnight during your journey, you need to make plans for your fish as well. Simply leaving them in your car can be dangerous due to temperature change. If your journey is going to take longer than 48 hours, then it is a better idea to leave your fish at home.
2. Choose a suitable container
A plastic bag seems like an ideal temporary solution for most people when transporting their fish but you need to put more thought into it. Plastic bags are fragile, and if the journey is long, then you will need to think about a more suitable container to allow room for the fish to swim. Fish also need oxygen to breathe, despite being underwater, so ensure whatever you transport them in is only 1/3 full with water, with the rest containing oxygen, otherwise they will not survive the journey. Finally, be sure to provide suitable insulation as well if you expect any temperature changes during the journey; fish get cold too!
3. Transporting your fish
For the journey, do not put multiple fish in the same bag. However, if you have a big enough water container during transportation, then you can put multiple fish together. If your fish is in a plastic bag, then double bag it to prevent any leakage, as this will be fatal for the fish, and put it in a container for protection. Bubble wrap is perfect for protecting your fish on the inside of a container if they’re in a plastic bag to stop it rolling around and getting damaged, protecting both the fish and your car seats.
4. Don’t feed your fish
No, we aren’t condoning animal cruelty. If you feed your fish before you travel with them then they will be more likely to soil the water they’re in, making it more likely that they will die during the journey. If you avoid feeding in the 24-48 hours before you travel, then their stomachs will be empty and it will limit them soiling the water. No one enjoys needing the toilet during a long car journey!
5. Adjust them to their new environment
After your journey, settle your fish into their new environment. When putting your fish into their new tank, float the plastic bag in the tank for around half an hour to equalise the water. Once you have done this, open the bag and let your fish explore. The quicker you get the fish into their tank, the less stressful it will be for them and the healthier they will be. Your fish will soon be swimming around and back to the calming influence it was before.