How long can fish stay in the pet store bag?

Discussion in 'Fish Keeping Chat' started by kareng, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. kareng

    kareng PetForums Senior

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    Bro in law bought me a small fish tank for xmas/bday, and he took me to get a couple of gold fish this morning for it. I was only meant to be at work for an hour this morning, so I got the fish on the way into work, but its been busy and I cant leave to go home. They have been in the clear plastic bag pet shops put fish in for over 3 hours now, and i feel soooo sorry for them, and really really guilty for keeping them in a teeny bag. :(

    Put my mind at rest and tell me they will be ok! Pleaseeee!!

    O, and I called the fish fred and barney :D
     
  2. Hi, it depends on the bag I think, some can be ok for a few hours if there is enough oxygen inside, I've kept mine in for over 3 hours I think once before as I floated the bag in the new tank, as they have to get used to the new water temp.

    Hope they are ok :) and congrats on the new fish hehe
     
  3. Also if you're at work (and the fish are with you?) could you not put them in a container of some sort for the time being? Maybe this would help them if there isnt much oxgyen in the bag? :confused:
     
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    scosha37 PetForums VIP

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    If i am right and remember when i worked in the pet shop they can live in the bag fine for 7-8 hours ...

    what did you get??... they prob be fine just make sure they dont go into the corners of the bags when you sit it down thye like to go in there, what i used to do was tape the side of the bags up so there wasent a corner to go into...:D
     
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    kareng PetForums Senior

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    thanks guys! I dont know anything about fish other than when I was a kid. The bro in law has a big massive tropical tank, so he got me liking fish (I knwo goldfish are a lot different lol)
    One is just regualr gold, witha whiteish tail (which, I have noticed, has been chewed a bit)
    The other one the pet shop guy told me its a koi? I think? But he told me it is fine for my tank, as it will only grow as much as its surroundings let it or soemthing.
     
  6. I've had Cold water n Tropical, and I prefer Coldwater! even though Tropical are prettier :eek: lol cold are easier to look after I think.

    I'm suprised they sold you a Koi knowing it was for a tank, my local pet shops wont allow people to buy them unless it's for a pond. They're beautiful though, grow massive :eek:

    Love the names by the way ;)
     
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    kareng PetForums Senior

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    http://www.dkimages.com/discover/previews/960/35021308.JPG looks a bit like that one, but more black in it. Quite simialr, not identical.
    There was a black one I wanted, but he told me it wasnt for tanks. It was so lovely though. Kept on swimming up to look at me (I thinks so anyways lol )
    The koi one just looked like a fred, so I went for barney to match just.
     
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    scosha37 PetForums VIP

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    OH what a lovly fish!... my mum had one years ago it was tiny ended up over 2ft long but he was cute she called him Koi-boy!..

    has it got little wiskers like the chinesse man...:p
     
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    kareng PetForums Senior

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    It doesnt actually! Is it meant to?
    I dont mind, he is cute the way he is. Work is cold, and the bag they are in is extremly cold. Really hope they will be ok.
    Calling into dogstrust on the way home too, which closes at 4, arghhh! Hope i can get there in time. Hopefully getting a doggy too. Finally persuaded the OH to at least go and look with me!
     
  10. Fish and a doggie all in the same day?! :D you've made me want to start my fish tank up again... when my last fish died (he was a Minnow) he was with me for about 5/6 years, called him Zero... I put the tank away and haven't had the space to have the tank out again! Might have to do a move around :D

    What dog you after? Or is it the case of when you see it, you'll know? :)
     

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