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Reflections4

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Posted: 04/30/20 02:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello, We have a fifth wheel toy hauler and travel as a family full time. My youngest is turning 7 in a couple weeks and loves fish. I thought it would be really neat if we could figure out a way to have one. I have done some reading on it and it sounds like overall a Betta fish could be a good choice- we could keep it in the sink with a towel on travel days etc. The only concern with the Betta is the temperature changes and not having electricity on travel days to keep a tank heated for it.

Have any of you traveled successfully with a Betta? If so, can you tell me how?

Or is there a better fish suited to our situation-possibly a cold water fish that does not need a filter?

Any thoughts would be appreciated, including if it really won’t work????

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Posted: 04/30/20 02:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With all the vibration, sloshing water, and the challenge of keeping the tank upright, personally I would not want to be your fish! I'm not sure how long it would survive. Heck, the stores tell people not to even tap on their glass tanks because it upsets the fish (allegedly may shorten their lives).

When I was 7 my uncle got me a pair of little turtles. Those might do better in a traveling environment, if you can talk your kiddo into it.


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Posted: 04/30/20 02:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've moved aquarium fish around the country a number of times. We would carry them in a styrofoam cooler and drop an air stone in when we stopped for the day. The cooler obviously slowed down any temperature changes of the water. We kept the same one on hand for use each time. You may need to "age" the cooler interior before using it the first time. Maybe fill it with water from the aquarium for a few days. They'll need some light so cover with plexiglass when you stop for the day.


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Turtles are fun and I had them as a kid. Today, however, we know turtles are not safe to handle.

Humane Society https://www.humanesociety.org/news/thinking-getting-pet-turtle


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Yeah that might be tough on a fish. Sounds like DougE knows what he's talking about.

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Posted: 04/30/20 05:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

May be time for the seven year old to go camping without a fish.

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They're not camping.

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Posted: 04/30/20 06:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They are traveling. The difference is when they stop for the night they are not “camping” but “traveling?”

“We have a fifth wheel toy hauler and travel as a family full time.”

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battery powered air bubblers are easy to find , they are common for minnow buckets.
ebay, walmart, Frabill 2.2 gal. direct. cheapest best insulated minnow buket aerator they have a lid

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Oh interesting SDcampowneroperator....this is the type of idea I was looking for...do you know about how long the battery powered bubblers might last?

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