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    When shipping fish, does it help to include some floating plants in the bag?

    Going to be shipping some guppies to the East Coast via flat rate shipping boxes with heat packs and I was thinking about tossing a couple dwarf water lettuce plants in the bag might help absorb some of the fish waste. I usually include some moss in the bag when I ship shrimp so they have something to hold on to but never tried it with fish and plants, do you guys think it would help?

    Also, what's the best way to tie the knot to prevent leaks?

    Other shipping tips also appreciated!

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    I don't think the plants would help honestly. Maybe if there was some light on the mix to help with photosynthesis.

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    Can I see the guppy’s your selling


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    Plants are usually added to give the fish some protection to hide behind. The best way to seal a bad is with a bag sealer or sausage clip machine. You could double knot it as best you can though. Then triple bag it unless its a breather bag..

    If they're very hardy fish like guppies, I would use water straight from the tap and use seachem safe like 1hr before shipping them. Cleaner the water, the longer they will last in shipping as long as the temperature isn't bad. Doing this, I've had 30 baby corydoras survive 5-6 days in a large USPS flat rate box after being delayed lol.

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