Transporting collected marine fish and invertebrates safely.

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Post  liquidg on 14th December 2013, 11:17 pm

Try to use as large a bucket (container) as possible for transporting collected fish and inverts.

Buckets-To aerate your collected specimens use a soldering iron to put two holes near centre of the lid of your bucket to fit an air hose in one hole and the other becomes a breather hole.
Bunnings have the cheapest.

Air-Use a small battery operated air pump you can purchase from the aquarium shop or a bait and tackle shop.

Air hose-Have the air hose from the air pump go three quarters of the way to the bottom of the bucket and tie a very small lead weight to the end of the hose sealed in silicon as the lead can become toxic to keep it from floating upwards, plus use a plastic (large hole) small sized air stone on the end of the air line or similar.

Ammonia neutralizer-Always use some ammo lock liquid styled product on the ammonia that will develop in the buckets in transit, this will prevent the ammonia from becoming toxic and ruining the available oxygen and killing your fish and inverts.

PH control-This is not usually essential and is only an option!
When transporting your catch, also you can use a little PH buffer in the bucket water as well, but be very careful to not put in to much to quick as it will raise PH to fast and upset the fish.

Mixing species-You need to keep certain species away from others that may be harmed by either their presence through stress and or by released toxins.

Predators-Lion fish will release a small amount of toxins and create a great deal of stress to small varieties that may be considered food for the lion fish as with any other predator fish, like cod,jawfish, large wrasse, tusk fish and off course eels.

Toxic varieties of fish-There are quite a few toxic fish that will kill others with there toxins in a container under the water, let alone in a bucket on the way home. The ones to never put with others until in a system with a biological filter are, all puffers, all box fish, all soap fish, toadfish and to some degree all triggerfish and lionfish.

Stationary inverts-These consist of mainly corals. If where you live, you are allowed to collect corals, than they should always be wrapped in a soft material (bath towel pieces are good or fleecy lined sleeve sections of a winter top) both when collected in the bag as you go and on the way home to hold your inverts in complete safety. On the trip home they should also be in wet material but not under the water in a box or bucket or they will be come starved of oxygen. If the weather on the day is quite warm on the way home, than use something frozen(a bag of ice separated into small lots in plastic bags and than wrapped in paper or material) in the box or bucket with t5he corals, not touching and not very near to the corals!

Mobile inverts
-These are more or less all inverts other than corals. The ones to watch out for here are nudibranchs, sea squirts and anemones in particular, plus to some degree worms as well. All these should not be with fish or shrimps and if possible keep them away from each other while in transit to your home

Feather stars-These will release their own coloured die that once in the bucket will kill not only the feather star it self but much earlier on this will all other life in the bucket as well. A 50 to 80 percent water change at 30 mins from placement in the bucket will reduce this stress released colouring and one more an hour later and the release from than on will be of no great concern.

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