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How Do I Safely Transport My Goldfish?

The process of transporting your goldfish can be very challenging, and if it is not done properly, your goldfish could die in the process. In this article, we are going to talk about the best way to move our goldfish so that we don’t endanger their lives or make their journey any more difficult.

I remember one day my friend called me and told me that his goldfish has died and when asked the reason he told me that he wanted to transport his goldfish but he didn’t know what went wrong. So he asked me to help him but to be honest at that time I myself had no idea how we can safely transport goldfish. So I did some research and took help from experts and found an efficient way of transporting goldfish.

Step By Step Process Of Safely Transporting Goldfish

  • Use A Net To Catch The Goldfish
  • Avoid Chasing The Goldfish Around The Tank Or They’ll Panic.
  • As you Lift The Net From The Water, Cover It To Prevent Fish From Escaping.
  • Gently Put The Goldfish In A Plastic Bag.
  • Tie The Bag’s Neck Tightly.
  • Make Sure The Plastic Bag Has a 2/3 Air To 1/3 Water Ratio.
  • Put The Goldfish In A Brown Paper Bag To Make The Trip Less Stressful.
  • After Use, Dip The Net In Disinfectant To Prevent Disease Spread.
step by step process of transporting goldfish

Transporting your goldfish is an anxious time for both you and your fish, it is essential that you take precautions to protect against any injuries or other sources of anxiety that may arise during this time. Continue reading, there are a few more important tips for you.

Sorry For Repeating Myself, But It’s Important

The first thing you should remember from this article is that transporting a pet goldfish is inherently stressful for the fish. I apologize if it appears that I am repeating myself, but please take the time to digest this information. Goldfish are extremely sensitive to temperature changes and are prone to injury while being transported.

They also have a low tolerance for water quality, so if you plan on transporting them in your car or truck, make sure they are fully conditioned before you start your journey.

Using Plastic Bag Is The Only Legitimate Option You Have

When moving your goldfish around from one location to another, you should always do so inside of a plastic bag. This is due to the fact that it is constructed out of a type of plastic that is safe for your fish to consume and protects them from harm while they are being transported.

Because the temperature inside the bag is maintained at the same level as if the fish were in their own tank or aquarium, there is no risk of sudden temperature fluctuations when using this kind of bag.

The third advantage that they offer is that, unlike fish bowls, they are not vulnerable to breaking. Fish bowls are not a secure option for transporting the fish because they run the risk of breaking while the fish are being transported, which will eventually result in the death of your goldfish.

Make Sure That The Plastic Bag Is Airtight

First and foremost, you need to ensure that the plastic bag is tightly tied to keep the air inside. In addition to ensuring that your goldfish have access to oxygen to breathe, this will prevent the plastic bag from becoming squished and releasing its contents.

Second, you need to make sure that the plastic bag you use to transport your goldfish is one that is robust and long-lasting. You can use any kind of bag, but make sure it is not too small and not too big; if the plastic bag is too big, it will be difficult for you to handle it.

Avoid Exposing Your Fish To Direct Sunlight

It is best to keep your fish away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat. The heat has the potential to cause stress and shock, neither of which are healthy for your goldfish pet.

It is important not to leave them in the vehicle for extended periods of time either, as this could lead to them passing out from the heat and dying.

Keep The Plastic Bag Upright And Don’t Shake It.

When being transported, a fish should be kept in an upright position in a bag. This not only makes it simpler for both you and your pet, but it also prevents them from getting hurt or stressed out. It is possible for the water to spill out of the bag if it is not standing upright.

Please refrain from shaking the bag, as this may also result in the water leaking out, which will be harmful to your fish.

After Transporting, It’s Better Not To Feed Them

After moving your fish from one location to another, refrain from feeding them for at least twenty-four hours; doing so will assist in preventing any potential digestive issues that may be brought on by the consumption of new foods during this time period.

If you still want to give your goldfish something that is not only quick but also nutritious, you could try feeding them frozen peas or another kind of treat.

Acclimate Your Fish To Their New Tank After Transporting Them

After the transportation, the fish should not be thrown into the new tank without acclimating. Doing so will be an even bigger mistake. It is extremely important to acclimate your fish to its new tank by matching its body temperature to the temperature of the new tank. If you do not acclimate your fish, there is a very good chance that it will not survive in its new tank and may die as a result of a sudden change in temperature.

In my other article, I have described the acclimation process in a step-by-step process, which you can read HERE.


There are numerous reasons why you should transport your pet goldfish in a plastic bag in the first place. You must avoid any potential injuries to your goldfish during this time, so handle them as gently as possible. Keep the goldfish plastic bag upright and don’t shake it. Do not leave your fish in direct sunlight or near heat sources, and do not leave them in your car for extended periods of time. Good luck with your fish transport.