Shipping and Bagging Fish for IFGA Shows
By Bryan Chin
Let’s cover the basics to shipping guppies to an IFGA show.
Essential items to be included in your shipping box.
All items should be put in a zip bag to protect from water.
Bags for Shipping
Preparing guppies for bagging
Note that the fish needs to be fasted for 24 hours before bagging to avoid fish waste that will pollute the water. Remove guppies from its tank and place in cups; this makes it easier to put guppies in bags.
Fold the lip of the bag to give a more rigid lip for easy handling
Place bag in a container
Pour the guppy and water into the bag
Water to air ratio
- 1/3 Water to 2/3 Air.
- Enough water so the fish is able to swim.
- Need enough air to exchange oxygen with water during transit.
- Stay with this water to air ratio or fish may die in transit due to lack of oxygen.
Knotting the bags
It is essential to tightly knot the bag to prevent leakage. When the package is on a plane the change in pressure will force water out of the bag in a loosely knotted bag and kill your fish.
Cut the excess part of bag to make it easier to place in another bag.
Place the knotted bag into another bag upside down and then knot
All fish should be double bagged to prevent leakage during shipping.
If it is a Tank entry then tie the matching pair’s bags together.
Place the bagged fish into a box with insulation that covers all sides.
The insulation can be wall insulation, foam, insulation bag or other types. Function is to retain heat during cold weather or keep cool during very hot weather.
Heat packs are needed if the shipping weather is cold. Usually during early Spring and Fall months. Take the heat pack out of the package and follow directions to activate.
Do not use the heat pack this way
Correctly place the heat pack so there is some insultation between it and the bagged fish.
Another method is wrapping the heat pack with other insulations such are several layers of newspaper, bubble wrap, or other insulation. Use enough layers so to gently warm the fish. Do not seal the pack from air which is needed to function.
Ship the fish
- Assure all essentials items mentioned in this article are included in the box
- All sides of the box have insulation.
- Mail the packaged fish and notify the person receiving it when to expect the fish. Be sure to check the shows deadline to recieve the entries..