Hey Pet Parents & Pet Lovers,
I feel like I don’t write enough posts about the little ones we have other than Beau. For those of you who are newer, or may have forgotten, I actually also have a fishie named Blub who’s still swimmin’ with us! I’m also the co-parent of a cutie named Walker who actually lives with my mother now since he and Beau do not get along at all (no matter how much we’ve tried).
But onto the real purpose of this post…
When my hubz and I decided to move we were very nervous to bring Blub. We obviously weren’t ready to say goodbye to our fishy friend, but with Blub being my first fish, I was scared that the travel time would be too much for him (also knowing that Bettas get stressed fairly easy.) And I know you’re going to be saying, “Well Johnny, how do you think they transport fish to pet stores.” Well yes, I know they have to get there somehow, but I couldn’t stop myself from thinking if they have special carriers for them to travel in so they’re not splish-splashing and banging on the walls of their containers.
The hubz and I decided that we would leave Blub at our old place until we were 100% settled in the new one, or at least until we found a place for him to stay while we continued to unpack.
That day came two days ago. I originally wanted to travel with Blub in his tank, but that brought on the fear that his decorations would fall over and hurt him, and let’s be honest… fish tanks get very heavy with water in them. Deciding against it, I grabbed a Tupperware that had holes built into it to make sure Blub had enough air for the hour-long trip. (Don’t worry, I made sure to sanitize it with white vinegar before putting him and his tank water in it!)
The journey was a really bumpy one since winter isn’t fully over and they haven’t fixed the roads yet. So sadly, Blub had a wild ride in the car. I made sure to check in on him frequently to see if he was still swimming around, and luckily he was!
When I got home, Beau recognized Blubs tank and started going wild. (I still find it quite shocking how much Blub has connected with his brothers and departed sister.) You’d think that he thought all of them were prey, but he has never tried to eat them and has always said hello to each of them every day.
As soon as we got Blub’s tank filled and set him down in his new spot, Beau jumped to sit next to him and slept to guard him, just like he used to in our old place. I’m certain Beau is as happy as we are that our whole family is back together now and I’m glad to report that Blub is still swimming away and hasn’t left us!
Which leads me to ask… has anyone ever transported a fish before? Was there something better I could have done? I didn’t have the opportunity to search the interwebs for an answer and all I could think about were those plastic bag they give kids with goldfish at carnivals and how I didn’t know if that was a better idea. Let me know in the comments below!