shipping my oscar across the country

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I am moving across the country at the end of the month, and I want to take my pet oscar fish with me. I was hoping that I could use the Delta Cargo service to fly my oscar on the same day that I fly. For this I would need to pack her for shipping - the fish would go in a plastic bag inside a styrofoam container, which is in turn put in a cardboard box - this is apparently how fish are typically shipped.

I was wondering if anyone could advise me on the best way to do this. I could put her in a Kordon breathing bag, but I have read that some large fish can break them during travel (my oscar is full grown - 10 inches long!). Alternatively I could put her in a more standard plastic bag and fill it with oxygen, but I'm worried that since the fish is so large she will run out of oxygen during travel (Delta Cargo wants the fish packed to be able to survive 48 hrs in the packaging). Can anyone advise me as to what is the best way to package a full grown oscar for shipping?
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robham7770 replied the topic: shipping my oscar across the country

How big is the Oscar? I worked for an airline on the ground crew for years, and once shipped some fish by usps, I would not suggest either. I would look to UPS or Fed EX to ship, if you are not making the trip by car. Personally if you can, I think keeping the fish with you is the best bet with battery powered aeration. Either way, you should reduce feeding to zero a couple of days before the trip, so that the fish are only adding toxins through respiration.
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Amr166 replied the topic: shipping my oscar across the country

Oscar is about 10 inches long

I estimate that driving would take 4 days... is it less stressful to have her in a bucket in a car, instead of ~16 hrs in total on a plane?
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