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Dean
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This is the shipping method i use when i ship expensive/ sensitive shrimp.
Total cost is about $18-$20 max.


Things you Need;

1. Foam Box.
2. Kordon Breather bags.
3. Filter wool or mat.
4. Rubber bands.
5. Sticky tape.
6. Packing material of any kind.
7. express post satchel. (large)
8. shrimp.
9. some moss of any kind.

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Step 1.

Get your foam box ready.
cut some filter mat or use filter wool, and line the inside of the foam box.
this is done to make sure there is a aerated space around the Kordon breather bag to ensure it can do its job correctly
and let oxygen into the bag. This also acts as a cushion for the Kordon bag to absorb some of the bumps along the way.

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Step 2.

Catch your Shrimp to be shipped and place them in the kordon Breather bag with a little moss for them to hold onto and also they can have a feed on this while they are traveling. place the rubber band around the top to keep the bag secure and from leaking. and remember that you dont need to leave air in the Kordon Breather Bags. this only creates sloshing which can hurt the shrimp.

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Step 3.

Place The Kordon Breather bag with shrimp inside the foam box, on top of the filter mat / wool and then cover the Kordon bag.
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Step 4.Fill the rest of the empty space around and on top of the Filter mat/wool with some sort of packing material that will keep the bag from moving around. i use anything i have lying around at the time from parcels i have received etc.
you can use newspaper or plastic, anything that will keep the bag in its place firmly.

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Step 5.

Place the lid onto the foam box and use tape to seal around the joint between the box and the lid. This keeps the faom box spill proof and air tight. Then tap over the top of the box all the way around the box also to keep the lid secure and tight.

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Step 6.
Place the foam box inside the large express post satchel and seal. Complete shipping address and send.
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Now if you follow these steps you can not fail and will never have to worry about replacing dead shrimp! :triumphant:

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thanks mate, the box dimensions are

width = 30cm

depth = 21cm

height = 26cm

box wall thickness = 3cm

i get these boxes free from the local hospital. i like the thicker ones as they dont get crushed, but the blue esky ones also work well.

the express post satchels are not standard size either. they are 3kg extra large bags that you can only buy in packs of 10 but end up costing only $13.60 each so great investment if you ship a lot of large things under 3kg.

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Soooo, you get the styrofoam from the hospital? Any chance of some freebies? You know organs, whatever's going around......:onthego:

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lol, it did cross my mind :) but all the boxes with things like that need to be disposed of correctly not in the common rubbish.

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Hey Dean and others,

You can get cheap filter wool mats at spotlight etc. Around $5 for 1.5x1m. Its also 3cm thick. They are called polyester wadding.

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but be carefull using it in your tanks as it may have chemicals in it.

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but be carefull using it in your tanks as it may have chemicals in it.

Its the exact same stuff as regular aquarium wool :). Ill give it a good rinse either way.

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Hey Dean and others' date='

You can get cheap filter wool mats at spotlight etc. Around $5 for 1.5x1m. Its also 3cm thick. They are called polyester wadding.[/quote']

Hi Loach,

My wife owns a Patchwork store and all of waddings (cotton, wool and polyester) have starches and sizing in them to make then stiffer, hold together and easier to stitch through. Also Spotlight buy all their stuff from the cheapest factory in China they can source it from, so it could very well also contain pesticides. If you are going to use it with your shrimp, I would test it on some cheaper ones first and really wash it to get out the chemicals.

Bren

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Hi Loach' date='

My wife owns a Patchwork store and all of waddings (cotton, wool and polyester) have starches and sizing in them to make then stiffer, hold together and easier to stitch through. Also Spotlight buy all their stuff from the cheapest factory in China they can source it from, so it could very well also contain pesticides. If you are going to use it with your shrimp, I would test it on some cheaper ones first and really wash it to get out the chemicals.

Bren[/quote']

But isnt that where aquarium filter wool comes from?? Just because something is for an aquarium, it dosent make it aquarium safe.

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But isnt that where aquarium filter wool comes from?? Just because something is for an aquarium' date=' it dosent make it aquarium safe.[/quote']

Almost everything you buy either comes from China or is made with something that comes from China these days. With the recent problems with formica in baby milk and lead in toys, I guess you have to be wary of everything. But if it is wadding for craft, it will definitely have starches and sizing in it and not sure if that will effect the shrimp or not.

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This post on packing and shipping should be in a section all by itself make it easy to find for everyone.

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This post on packing and shipping should be in a section all by itself make it easy to find for everyone.

It'll end up in the library. I just haven't had a chance to get to a computer lately. :p

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Thanks for the tip Dean. That is truly a great writeup

Now to go looking for foam boxes :p

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Dean sent me some shrimp packed using this method and survival was 100% after 2 days in transit.

This was a huge bonus for me given the last two packages of shrimp sent to me were damaged, had completely leaked, and all shrimp were dead, not to mention the bastards didn't give me any refunds.

Note: this wasn't by anyone from this forum, nor were the shrimp packed using this method.

Thanks again Dean.

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i was a bit worried buying a few SS CBS recently from Boss Aquaria because the weather was warming up a fair bit when they were expected to arrive.

after receiving the parcel and having some time off work to take them straight home to aclimatize them into there tank, i opened the parcel to find they were all alive.

the packaging was superb and i have to say i was very impressed.

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So we don't need any heat pack or way to cool the package during the very cold or hot weather temps? I know the polyfoam insulates but to what extent if the temperature was say 40 deg?

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