Re: [RML] Ok I'll try again!

James E. Capelle (jcapelle at
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 04:57:23 -0400

Thank you, now I know to pack some extra large bags in my cooler to
rebag them that night. Jim C.

caryho at wrote:
> In The Dawn of the Third Age "James E. Capelle" <jcapelle at>
> woke me from my contemplation by writing:
> > Should I make an issue of folks that haphazardly handle and ship fish
> >over a long distant and time, and look for answers on how we can improve
> >things on this issue, to get an answer in a round about way?
> The real trick in long ship times is preventing the water from fouling
> and the pH from dropping. This occurs from fish waste, predominately
> the ammonia, that occurs if they have been fed or not prior to
> shipping. Solid fish waste doesn't really hurt the fish in a bag but
> it doesn't look good. Regurgitated food because they had full bellies
> can wipe out the fish no mater how you pack them. Adding a product
> like AmQuel to the water will prevent this. Be careful not to
> overdose. There is also a pad that can be bought in pet shops that
> absorbs ammonia. It will turn brown as it collects it plus you don't
> have to worry about over dosing. Sorry I can't think of the name at
> present. but you just cut a chunk off and throw it into the bag. You
> really don't need to worry about packing in oxygen. I've had fish
> bagged in straight air and kept them that way for a week without ill
> effects. The thing to remember is don't over pack and only fill 1/4 of
> the bag with water. Contrary to popular belief, your standard plastic
> fish bag does pass gasses provided the outside is dry. But it does
> need the reservoir of air to do this.
> Also I would recommend rebagging your fish after the auction. Many
> people do not bag correctly or only bag with the idea that some one is
> going straight home with the fish. I also doubt that any fish will be
> packed in oxygen at the auction. Most folks don't have access.
> later
> Cary Hostrawser
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