What is the best method of transportation?
K I, Stoke Poges, Bucks You need some large, leak-proof plastic bags from your local pet shop, of the kind in which they sell fish. “A 4in goldfish needs a bag that is 10in wide when flat and 12in or more from top to bottom,” says Dr Peter Burgess of the Aquarian Advisory Service (PO Box 5059, Melton Mowbray, LE14 4ZN). Put the fish in a double bag to make sure. You should fill each bag one-third full with water from the fishes’ tank, leaving two-thirds full of air. Don’t blow into the bags to inflate them, otherwise the fish will have carbon dioxide rather than oxygen to breathe. “The best thing to transport them in is a largish polystyrene box, the sort made of foam, which you can get from pet shops or fishmongers,” says Dr Burgess. “These keep the temperature stable. But to make sure they don’t heat up, carry them in the boot of the car.” As long as the bags are big enough, the fish will survive a 12-hour journey. When you get them into the new home, put them in a tank with tap wate