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Old 11-02-2006, 03:25 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Ideally, ship in a styrofoam lined box. This is less important with good shipping weather.


Are there any boxes EXACTLY like this, but MUCH MUCH SMALLER?
(This one is 17 inches by 17 inches by 8-9 inches).
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Old 11-02-2006, 05:59 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I just get 4 pieces of styrofoam and cut them to side and slide them in the box. Basically a box within a box. Easier than finding pre-made styrofoam pieces that look like that.
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I just get 4 pieces of styrofoam and cut them to side and slide them in the box. Basically a box within a box. Easier than finding pre-made styrofoam pieces that look like that.

Check out Home depot or a home improvement store of the like. They sell packs of styrofoam that I use to do this same exact thing. Over near the inslation things. I think there are like 4 or 5 sheets in a pack.... 4 feet by 15 inches or so... just cut to size. Works perfect
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Hi since this past april or so I have mostly been shipping moss around the country. Places include Florida, Maryland, Hawaii, New Jersey, and lots lots more, Even Singapore.

What I do for shipping depends on the place it is going.

For Florida customers (had a bunch over the summer) I will ship in a freezer grade zip lock baggy with about a teaspoon of water, as much air removed as possible. They are then put in a bubble filled envelope and shipped usps priority.

Closer states to RI like NJ, Delaware, Pennsylvania and closer depending on water I usually just take the ammount out and put it in the zip lock baggie. suck the air out and send them in the padded envelope using priority.

Hawaii I sent a bunch of Stringy moss so I used a large freezer zip lock bag filled it with moss and got as much air out as possible sprayed the bag with some tank water. but it in a padded envelope, this person decided to use overnight shipping, said moss came great!

When I ship things like pieces of moss on rocks and stuff like that I usually spray them down with tank wanter then put some white papertowel around it, put the piece in a freezer zip lock baggie and then spray the inside of the baggy. Idealy there will be a little bit of water on the bottom so the plants shouldnt dry out.

I would recomend checking the weather for the area, if it is going to be hott I include more water to try and keep the moss wet. If the place is close, I dont really bother.

It really just depends where you are shipping and what you are shipping I guess, there are lots of diffrent ways!

good luck shipping plants, as of date I haven't ever had a DOA on my moss...

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I was sent some Taiwan moss and HC in a padded envelope, sent via first class mail. Took 2-3 days. Moss and HC arrived OK. They floated for a while in my tank, and both look great now!
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I've never shipped plants but I had a package of crypts sent to me a wet paper towel inside a ziplock. The plants were in transit for over a week and a half and yet they looked as if they had never been shipped at all.
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I'm going to start shipping plants and shrimp.
I was wondering where you guys get your cold/heat packs and breather bags.
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Breather bags, I don't know.
Cold packs you might be able to use those gel packs for lunch boxes, or even better if you have a friend that works in the medical field or vets office, they might have access to a bunch. You might also try the local fish store. I have discovered that if they get it during shipping and receiving; they are looking for any way to get rid of it.

I was thrilled to see how nice the styrofoam boxes are from the vets' offices. If you have one nearby your workplace, they will be more than happy to give them to you.

When I placed my first box out on the porch for my first United States Postal Service Priority shipment, I was very glad I had this great box. It was VERY COLD outside, versus the very warm weather we had had the previous Saturday.

Glitch, good luck. Let us know what works for you!
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When shipping your beautiful plants or fish to and from members (especially after all the work you have done trying to grow them both); consider this:
for the boxes you are purchasing you may be able to get SOMETHING BETTER for FREE.

Come to find out (I learned this from another very smart member - Betty) that every single vets office has these boxes.

For those of us shipping to or from the Northeastern United States or almost anywhere that gets snow or frost this time of year, these boxes could make a huge difference in shipping. And again remember - they are free!

From my experience, every single vets office I called or stopped at after work said that they break down or throw out their boxes between 10 am and noontime. So if you want some of these great free boxes, just figure out on your drive to and from work - which vets office is closest to your workplace. And give them a call. They might ask you what you want them for. Some don't care. I said to ship plants in. No problem. And then when you finish work - if the office is on your drive home, you may be able to pick them up on your drive home. Or they might leave them by the doorway for you if they have already closed by the time you get there.

You get the PERFECT box to ship during FREEZING or VERY HOT weather, your recipient may very well compliment you on the shipment they received, you can save your money you would have wasted on a brand new box, AND YOU RECYCLED!!!!

Here are photos of just one. (Pardon my photo skills - I hope they look okay.







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Certainly an excellent shipping container. Jim sent me some very nice plants that left his freezing
climate came to Louisiana and sat on my porch in 30 degree weather for almost 10 hours without harm.

.. I pass a vet every day - gonna have to check on this

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