How to ship snails?

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Hi,

So HK_Fuey wants some Nassarius Vibex snails, and I have loads, so I'm going to be sending some out when the pots arrive.

It'll be the first time I've sent anything that wasn't a coral frag or zoanthid, etc, via the post.

Here's the jars I've ordered. There were smaller available, but there's going to be 25-ish snails, and I'm not even sure 120ML is going to be enough?  :embarrassed:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/110922140345

I've got these heat packs too, they promise 20+ hours, so should be ample time for next day delivery.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171220613395

So I'm planning on laying the heat pad down in a box, with some "heat buffering" padding and insulation, but what's worrying me is temperature. These heat pads are the same type you might put in a big polystyrene box to ship fish out with. I think it's too much and might overheat. I could possibly cut the pad down to a quarter of it's size?


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Reply #1

I found this:
http://voices.yahoo.com/how-ship-aquatic-snails-step-step-guide-516091.html

Snails I've had in the post before had some bubble wrap between them and the heat pack.  I guess you could just put a couple of layers in between to insultate even more.  Heat will be lost to the outside too if you don't put any insulation on the outside of the heat pack, so that will reduce the overall effectiveness too.

And this:


Check out the comments.  It seems pretty successful, which I was quite surprised at.

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Reply #2

Thanks, that's helpful.  :glad:

I'll have to watch the vid later, I'm at work.  :embarrassed:
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Reply #3

He basically soaks two sheets of kitchen roll in tank water.  Lays the snails out on a sheet and folds the other sheet back over the top of them.  Then he puts that into a zip-lock plastic bag and blows in some air for cushioning.  He dries it all off and put it into a carboard box, just big enough for the plastic bag not to rattle around in (and pads it out a bit).  That's it!  No heat pack.  He says all the snails he's posted have arrived alive. 

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Reply #4

Really? No water, just wet kitchen roll?

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Reply #5

Yep, just wet kitchen roll.  He says he's shipped 40 is a pretty small box before with no issues. 

There's also this comment, which suggests the method does work for others too.  It also makes sense to use more padding if you're adding a heat pack, as that will stop direct contact with the heat pack.  Could be worth a shot?  It would certainly cut down on weight significantly.

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Reply #6

When ever I have had snails delivered, they were in a small cardboard box with the snails being in a normal fish bag with some water (less than what you're suggesting), the box was packed out with news paper, and there was news paper over the bag too, the heat pack (approx.4x3")was stuck to the lid of the box.

With regards to the snails arriving alive, that's only a small part of the battle, it's the acclimation that'll make the difference.

as a side note, the nass snails are the only snail type that I have had 100% success rate with regards to acquisition and introduction into the tank. mine have laid more eggs! how often do yours lay eggs Mike?

those pots you're suggesting are great for stony corals BTW.
I should really sort this out!!

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