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Next newbie step - shipping shrimp


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So, posting a pic of a ton of my snowballs in their feeding dish has resulted in numerous FB messages asking me if I am selling. Who knew?

 

While I am not ready to go there yet... I would like to do a swap with a person on FB. He has snowballs, so it would be a straight swap to get new blood in our tanks. This is if I can find him again, lol.

 

But it got me wondering how shipping and also about prepping the shrimp for shipping.

 

With Bettas, I know you fast them for 2 days prior, but I'm guessing that is not needed (and likely a bad idea) for shrimp since they need to constantly eat/graze (then again, I could be wrong).

 

I need to get breather bags -

- What is a good, reliable source?

- From what I've read, you tie a very secure knot in the bag and do NOT allow any air pocket

 

Something for them to hold onto -

- usually moss

 

I still have the styrafoam box that my blues came in but where do you get those? How do you figure out shipping.

 

Yea.. a lot of questions. I'm nervous, never really planned on crossing into this territory and may never go so far as to 'sell' (just swap or something) but I like to know what I am doing. I want to make sure I am keeping the shrimp safe and providing the best possible situation.

 

Any help? 

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There is a really good article on shipping shrimp on the shrimp tank. Thats what I used to send my first shipment which was about 50 shrimp in two of the small breather bags (not reccomended) but worked out perfectly.

 

http://www.theshrimptank.com/shipping-shrimp/

 

Add some lose Purigen in the bag, says that in the articel.  And boxes you can go on the USPS website and order them I believe for free. I have so many left over from shipments I have gotten sent that I dont imagine I will need to buy boxes ever.

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Oh and I ordered 10 Kordon bags from amazon. I can not see me shipping tons of shrimp so the 10 should be enough for me for a while. Its good to have them on hand, you never know when someone will want to swap shrimp! I love shrimp swap, I currently have a Pinto on loan from ShrimpFan.

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Thank you!!

 

I had never intended to need to ship, they were just meant to be pets :) But I would at least like to swap with the one guy and get some new blood in there to keep them healthy :)

 

I will have to read through that info as soon as my computer comes back.

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Oh and I ordered 10 Kordon bags from amazon. I can not see me shipping tons of shrimp so the 10 should be enough for me for a while. Its good to have them on hand, you never know when someone will want to swap shrimp! I love shrimp swap, I currently have a Pinto on loan from ShrimpFan.

If you  ordered 10 kordon breather bags from Amazon, chances are you got ripped off pretty badly.

 

I usually get my breather bags here

http://aqpkg.com/Poly-Bags.html

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Yea, I looked them up on amazon, found a great deal on 10 for $5... then saw it was $12.50 for shipping...??? 

 

I found these on ebay that look nearly the same? I don't want to skimp on the bags but don't want to get taken on price either  http://www.ebay.com/itm/231433616952?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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If you  ordered 10 kordon breather bags from Amazon, chances are you got ripped off pretty badly.

 

I usually get my breather bags here

http://aqpkg.com/Poly-Bags.html

 

They were $12 shipped prime. Not a big deal needed them in a hurry and did not need a bunch. Like I said the 10 I got will probably last me this year.

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Well I ordered the ones I put in a link for. I found the person on FB that wanted to swap snowballs. Unfortunately I didn't realize he only recently got his and doesn't even have babies yet. So seems it will be awhile.

 

Just how many can I keep in a 10 gallon?

 

I've been offered some great non-snowball swaps but I can't set up another tank, I'm pushing it with the 5 I have in my small apartment, lol. So tempting though...

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Good to know and I started out with 15 in early december. I've tried to count them but the best number I can come up with is 'over 100'. lol  I tried to tell them to hold still so I could count them but they just won't listen :)

 

Best I can do is try to count the ones grazing on the sides - got up to 58 (I keep algae on 3 sides so they graze like herds of cows), then counted the ones in the food dish... another 40-ish... then tried to count the others zipping around and gave up. How the heck do you all count your shrimp? :D

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Can you take a good photograph, and count from that? I think some wildlife counts are done that way.

I had the same thought. Unfortunately my snowballs 'wash out' against the terra cot feeder dish. So.. the pics come out like this and I have to try to count the black spots, lol  That and the fact that they will not hold still. My guesstimate is about 40 to 50 in this one shot

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