Transferring Fish Safely

The transportation of fish is probably one of the hardest times a fish will have to endure in their life time. Like cold and flu germs on humans, they are always present. This is the same for fish. It begins to show when the fish is under stress. This is when diseases are most likely to strike. However, in the aquatic environment, we can add medicine to the water that eradicates potential diseases, and helps to maintain water quality until the fish are strong enough to fight off disease on their own.
A fish tank can be a fun way to bring life into your home. Getting fish to your home however can be a challenge. There are many things to watch out for when buying a fish, least of which is how they fare on the ride back. As the condition of the water begins to change fish become more susceptible to illnesses as the quality begins to decrease.
In either case, knowing what to do will help your fish out a lot. The guide below will provide hints and tips for you. Good luck!

Prepare Ahead of Time

Before bringing your fish home or to their new environment, be sure that you have everything they need when they arrive. This means having your fish tank set up and with water in it. In addition, make sure that the water is the correct PH and temperature, as a sudden transition can be very bad for fish.

Reducing Stress

Fish are sensitive, and they respond to changes in their environments quickly. You can reduce their stress by making their transition as short as possible. Having a straight line between where you purchase the fish and your new tank will ensure they are in the best possible health.

Mixing Waters

This is especially true if you are moving with fish you have already owned. A fish tank represents a mini ecosystem of bacteria, fungus, and of course, your fish. Though these qualities of a fish tank are most often targeted due to the illnesses they can cause your fish, they are also responsible for their health. Try to take about half the water from the fish tank with you when you travel. That way, the fish partially have their environment with them.


  • Clamped fins
  • Infected fish may stay away from other fish as they feel weak or exhausted
  • Fish may also hover/hang near the surface or other warm areas of your tank
  • Problems breathing
  • Increased gill movements
  • Loss of appetite
  • Respiratory distress
  • Listlessness

A Final Option

If you are moving long distance or oversees, then there is only one option left to you. Many local fish stores will be happy to take in your fish. They constantly receive shipments of fish, and will be able to take care of them while finding them a new home. Because many fish stores are able to sell the fish, they may even accept them for free.

Image Gallery

The images below show charcteristic behavior of fish suffering from Transit
Our special medication will give your watery friends a better chance at staying healthy during transportaion.