Shipping fish in hot weather!

Toledo Goldfish Hot Weather tips


It's hot and it's very important to get it right when shipping live fish. We do our very best to add insultation and ice to keep your fish cool but here are some tips to keep in mind when ordering in extreme temperatures.

Our best piece of advice is to ship when it is cooler. If you have a cooler period coming in the next few weeks you can place your order at and then message us to adjust the ship date to match the weather.

Another great tip is to ship to a UPS customer center or FEDEX ship center and have them held for pickup. This is the best way to make sure the fish don't sit on a hot truck or in the sun on your porch. Typically they arrive at the station and are ready to pickup at 9 am for most stations (always check your local station hours.) It is important to give us a heads up if you choose this option so we can double check we pick the right service. Please note that it is not all UPS or Fedex stores, it does have to be specifically a UPS customer center or Fedex ship center.  

It is super important to make sure to keep your shipment out of direct sun. So on the day your fish are scheduled to arrive, make sure to check tracking often and get them inside out of the sun as soon as possible. The best option is to acclimate and transition them into fresh water. Remember they have already been traveling for 24 hours so getting them into fresh water and oxygen is best!

Have more questions? Reach out to us at and we can help you find the best option for shipping near you!



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