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    Bagging fish psa

    Ok this is not a call out against specific people but this auction I spent way too much time rebagging fish instead of actively picking them for the auction or being a runner. This is specifically in the auction rules:
    9. Live items must be properly bagged and of suitable size to maintain water quality throughout the duration of the auction. Proper fish bags must be used. Ziploc bags may be used for dry items or plants, but not for fish. Fish in Ziploc bags will be removed from the auction. Very large fish must be in a bucket, not a bag. Fish must be bagged with ample air and water (about 1/3 water, 2/3 air). Do not overcrowd your fish. Multiple bags may be joined together as one item if necessary. See article here(link) about proper bagging techniques.
    10. AAAA may re-bag items as necessary and will charge sellers a $1.00 re-bagging fee which will be taken off the price received for the item.


    This is an example of a couple bags that had to be rebagged at the auction. Fish almost the size of their bags swimming in brown water. One of these bags had less than an inch of water at the top, in the other the convict was the size of the bag.
    There were other cases where the fish were about as wide as the bag with no air in standard plastic bags. And others just where they were single bagged in a 2mil bag which caused leaks on the table.

    If you are going to bag and bring fish to the auction make sure you have some nice thick 3mil bags that are the proper size to fit the fish you are traveling with. There was a rafael catfish that because the bag was small enough had gotten its pectorals fins through both bags and gotten stuck and when placed on the table was completely out of the water because of this. All that was needed to solve this problem was a bigger bag.
    When bagging at home don't just use the tank water especially if you have detritus floating around from catching the fish. Use some fresh treated water that have similar params as your tank, in most cases this would be the same as them getting a large water change anyways. Once you got the fish in the bag, only have just about a third of the space you need filled with water, the air in the bag is so much more important than the water for keeping the fish in there long term. And when closing the bag don't blow air into the bag, while its not like its all CO2 your breath does contain it and it's just better to grab high up on the bag to catch the air in it.
    Also I highly recommend double bagging it this keeps leaks contained and if you either put the first bag in upside down and perpendicular to the second you don't have any corners for the fish to get stuck in.

    Here's a good example video for bagging fish.

    And for people who decide they don't want to put in the effort there is talk of enforcing Rule 10.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Lawrenceville, GA
    That is pretty sad You should charge them a rebagging fee

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    Only exception I’d add is for breather bags. They are designed to not have any air left in the bags.

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    and don't feed the fish for 36 hours prior to bagging, way to many fish had foul water because they were not purged before bagging
    An empty tank is a terrible thing to waste


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