This Special Pet Fish Talk Show features a discussion by the Bailey
Brothers, Tom and Nevin,
about how to move your pet fish.
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This Special Pet Fish Talk
Shows contains a discussion by Tom and Nevin Bailey about how to move pet fish
from one aquarium to another, from one room to another, across town, or across
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Below is an email from Ellen G. with detailed first-hand experience, taking her Bettas on an airplane.
I wanted to write you and tell you about how I transport
my two betta fish on the plane. I know that many people
move or travel by air and want to take their fish with
them, but are at loss at how to do it. I am a college
student and often travel back and forth from school for
winter and summer breaks. I have two lovely betta fish,
Attila and Genghis, that are my constant companions.
Since there aren’t any people left at school during
breaks that can take care of them, Attila and Genghis
are now seasoned travelers!
Most airlines allow tropical fish to come with you on
the plane, and will not charge you for carrying them.
However, TSA is much less welcoming to fish. The new
liquid volume limits are a challenge, but luckily bettas
can survive for short periods of time in small volumes
of water. I buy a small 4 oz Tupperware container for
each of my fish. I fill it almost full with their tank
water right before I leave for the airport, and put my
fish in at the last minute. I then put both of these
small containers in a 1 quart plastic Ziploc bag, as per
TSA regulations. I also carry a small bottle of water
conditioner in the Ziploc, and two clean, empty peanut
butter jars in my backpack.
When you get to the airport, go through security
immediately. DO NOT let the agents put your fish through
the xray machine! I usually carry a printout of TSA’s
guarantee from their website, saying they will never put
your pet through the xray machine. I also carry a copy
of the airline’s guarantee that pets are allowed
onboard, just in case. Tell the agents that you are
carrying tropical fish and that they are welcome to
hand-check them if needed. They can also go through the
metal detector if required. Some agents can be difficult
– don’t back down! You obviously aren’t carrying cyanide
or gasoline – otherwise, how could your fish be alive?
After I get through security I head straight for the
bathroom. I fill up the empty peanut butter jars with
tap water, leaving a couple inches of air at the top,
then treat it with water conditioner. Do the math before
you leave for your trip so you know how much conditioner
to use. I put my bettas in the jars, and they are ready
for the plane!
Some airports are easier than others. Portlandhas been
wonderful to my fish, whereas Burbank has been more
difficult. You’ll get plenty of weird looks, but plenty
of interested ones, too. My seatmates and the little
children riding on the plane are often very excited
about my fish, and talk to me about them nonstop. I even
have had people start talking to me about how much they
love their own betta fish!
I hope my experiences will help other people take their
fishy friends with them when they travel or move. My
fish are my family – I can’t leave them behind!
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