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reedman

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OK everyone,

I am curious what people do to successfully transport corals for more than just a short trip. I am talking either shipping corals via FedEx, holding them overnight at a location before delivery, or even a long drive (4-6 hours).

Heat/Cool packs, newspaper, plastic, styrofoam, oxygen, light, aeration, etc.

Please give any advice you can so that we can help improve our success in sharing corals.

Thanks,
-Reed
 

NaH2O

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In the springtime, when the weather is somewhat cooperative, there is thermos trading. The thermos provides temperature control for the overnight trip. As far as bags go, the regular polyethylene bags doubled up, or these Kordon breathing bags. I don't think for most corals, shipping overnight without aeration or light will matter.

Edit: :evil: I can't stand websites that you can't link to the direct page...in order to see the breathing bags, you need to select breathing bags in the left menu, then click on "Breathing Bags" to see the description.
 

wrightme43

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You could do like someone at the fish store this last weekend and just put the zoos in you pocket and walk out the door. I hate to wish ill on any one but I hope they got a little dose of palotoxin. steve
 

NaH2O

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OK - I'm a dork! Thanks, Josh for putting up the link.

Steve - hard to believe someone would do that. I can't imagine having to get frisked before leaving a fish store.....let's hope things don't get to that point.
 

iamjosh

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That's Crazy! What store was that? that's pretty stupid.. though if your stealing i guess your not the smartest.. but no acclimation, the shock of a pocket and all and then maybe the random water they'd hafta have waiting in the car? or letting them dry out on the drive home? how freaking odd.. maybe they're using them to posion someone else..
 

kevinpo

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I ship to about every state and here's how I do it.
Line a cardboard box with 1" styrofoam and place a large 2 mil bag in it. I double bag the corals in 8"x15"x2 mil bags and place them in the large bag. In the winter I use large foot warmers from WalMart. They last 8-12 hours. I place 4-5 sheets of newspaper or 1 layer of bubble pack betweeen the heat pack and the outside bag. Then I place a styrofoam lid and close up the box. I haven't had to use cool packs yet.
I drop off at FedEx around 4:30 PM just before they deliver to the airport so they don't sit too long.
Even if the coral breaks through the 2 bags (and it has) the water stays in the big bag and prevents the box from getting wet.

HTH,
Kevin
 
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