Shipping shrimp, crayfish, dwarf crabs, crabs, snails, aquarium plants and also food is a bit tricky, especially in winter. Here we offer you the materials that we also use ourselves. We can pass on our favorable prices (due to bulk purchase) to you, even for small quantities!
It is best to pack shrimps and dwarf crayfish in a bag with some water. For shrimps, there should be a maximum of 10-20 animals in the bag, dwarf crayfish should be packed individually. Fish bags with rounded corners are best suited here, because the animals cannot get stuck in the corners.
Shrimp and dwarf crayfish absolutely need something to hold on to in the fish bag: a piece of filter sponge, a piece of tulle, some filter fiber threads or similar. Please no foliage and also no plants! Organic material is decomposed by bacteria, and the bacteria need oxygen, which is not available in unlimited quantities in the bag anyway. Also living plants need oxygen in the dark. We want to avoid this at all costs during transport!
The transport bag for shrimps or dwarf crayfish is filled to about 1/3 to 1/2 with water, the rest is filled with air. This way the gas exchange is guaranteed. The bag is gripped tightly at the top so that the air part is also filled to the brim, and then twisted several times at the top to close it. Fold it over and wrap it neatly with a household rubber and seal it tightly. For package shipments, then pull a second bag over the first bag so that the seal of the first bag is at the bottom of the second bag. Also seal well with a household rubber. Now no water can leak out and destroy the package box.
For the acclimation of shrimps, large crayfish and dwarf crayfish to their new home, we also have an acclimation kit available for purchase in our online store. This makes dripping aquarium water into the transport container very easy.
If you want to ship snails, you proceed a little differently: Here, a piece of damp kitchen towel in the bag is sufficient. The snails fall into a dry sleep without water, the Zewa prevents them from becoming too dry. For the acclimation of snails we offer in our store assortment the snail balcony. Simply attach it to the water surface in the aquarium and place the snails on it. They will go into the water by themselves when they are ready.
Aquarium plants are also best transported in the bag filled to the brim with air and a wet Zewa cloth.
Large crustaceans such as Cherax or Procambarus and also crabs with strong claws are ideally not shipped in bags. They can destroy the plastic of the bags too easily. Here we offer a professional transport box, which is filled with a little water (two finger width) and in which even large crabs can be transported safely. Large crayfish are also best acclimated using the droplet method.
In winter and also in hot summers, shrimps, crayfish, aquarium snails and crabs should be packed in a styrofoam box. Attention, according to the new general terms and conditions of DHL, a cardboard box must be placed around the Styrobox, otherwise a surcharge may be due!
In winter a heat pack must be added. In a heat pack, certain substances react with oxygen and release heat relatively evenly over 40 hours. To activate, unpack and knead very, very thoroughly! Only when the Heat Pack remains reliably warm, put it into the package. Attention: especially at the beginning a Heat Pack gets very hot, so it is absolutely necessary to insulate it with crumpled newspaper or similar against the bags with the aquarium animals! Many make a hole in the styro box and the outer carton and stick the heatpack in front of it, so that it always gets good oxygen.
Then the styrobox or the outer carton is well taped shut. We offer red tape with the imprint "Caution glass" for sale in our store.
If you want to give the animals food that they already know, or otherwise pass on food or natural substances such as alder cones, Ziploc bags or pressure seal bags have proven successful. You can also get these here in various quantities.
Especially annoying in the shrimp plant: Planaria! Use our planarian traps to keep the pesky critters under control and prevent them from taking over your aquarium. With some raw chicken or a few frozen mosquito larvae, the traps lure the planarians into the trap - literally!