In 2 weeks I am going to purchase fish at a hatchery about 2 hours away, has anyone ever transport fish that far and if so how did you do it, will be getting 200 hybrid bluegill and a 100 regular bluegill and 5 grass carp
Ask the hatchery how they prepare the fish for pick-up.
If they don't do it the way I described, then you'll need to prepare differently, and like tim k suggests, you may need to address some mobile aeration as well as some temperature control.
Further, if you go with something like a larger cooler, it may help to put some kind of soft barrier against the walls as I've seen many fish with injuries from bumping up against fish tank walls during transport; this was more for mature fish though.
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If you can keep the bags inside the vehicle in the A/C you should be fine. LIke Sunil said, you have to acclimate the fish to the water they are going in, like you float the bags in an aquarium to acclimate the fish. Water temps have to be pretty close to being the same before you release them.
These guys are giving good advice about transporting. That’s part of the trick. The next is acclimating them to the new water temps. Float them until the water temps are within 5 degrees of each other at the maximum. Watch for stressed fish if they start running out of O2.
It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.
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We just stocked 110 trout ranging from 4" - 12". Our travel distance and time was about 5 1/2 hours. I have a 300 gallon water tank I put in my truck box and under advise of the hatchery I took my oxygen bottle off my torch, secured it in the box and set the regulator to the correct pressure for a small diffuser the hatchery sold me. Worked great.
What esshup said. My boss and I took a load of CNBG to Bowie one year. We used a 3/4 full 240 gallon tote on a trailer, and we were sea sick from the sloshing by the time we got there.
How did the CNBG do when you released them in the pond? Did the rough ride cause a high mortality rate?
I agree with esshup that full tanks are best, but the trade off is that you don't have any air in the top of the tank for the extra oxygen needed to get the fish to their destination.
I am just trying to figure out "best practices" for when people on PB don't have a professional hauling the fish.
The air on top of the water won't do much, you really need to run pure O2, a pressure control valve and a flow meter along with an aeration stone to properly transport fish. You can get away with not using O2 if the fish load is very light and the trip isn't long, but with today's fuel costs it's probably cheaper to buy the fish and have them delivered.
At the very least use a pump and a spray bar in a cooler.
There are air stones specifically for O2, and there are air stones for air. The air stones for O2 aren't supposed to be used at over 40 psi., and you need to turn down the volume of O2 or you could harm the fish.