Maximum time in shipping container?

Funkmotor Member Posts: 2
edited August 2006 in Beginner's Forum
This might seem like a silly question, but let's say I order some shrimp or some fish or whatnot and have it delivered to my office.

Now, I usually get home around 6PM, and could then start the process.

The big question is, will the fish/shrimp/whatnot actually live that long? Could there be any deleterious effects if they sit in that container for the day? Perhaps open it up at work so they can get some fresh air? Or would that be necessary?

I suppose I might be worrying too much, but I do take the fact that these things are alive very seriously, and I've never had fish or anything else delivered to me alive before.

All the caution goes back to when I lost a whole tank of fish (and a really nice crab) to a malfunctioned heater that went full-on for perhaps the better part of a day before I noticed it, and everything in the tank was killed. I know there was really nothing I could have done about it at the time, but it still made me more cautious.


  • Ken Boorman
    Ken Boorman Member Posts: 224
    I've had fish in sealed bags for up to 2 days - coming to and going from conventions. As long as they're packed properly and not subjected to excessive temperature swings, I can't imagine there would be any problem for just 1 day. I would think the shrimp would be fine too.

  • livefish
    livefish Administrator Posts: 278
    Yep, I agree with Ken.

    Our fish are packed carefully, and there is no problem waiting until the end of the day to unpack them. As long as you don't leave the box sitting in the sun or next to an open fire or something <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> , they will be fine. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

    There is probably no need to open the bags either, as we fill the bags with the appropriate oxygen mix before they leave. Shrimp are even more hardy than fish - we had an order full of shrimp go astray once for an entire week and the shrimp were still alive. I don't recommend that though!