Is it worth it to travel across the country with fish or does it make more sense to leave them behind?
Thank you for your question—fish travel is certainly a challenging topic and one that many people have struggled with.
To start, please take a look at this overview of how to travel with fish for an idea of the factors at play. It will help to think about the time and effort involved with obtaining the correct travel containers, arranging safe logistics, etc. as you start to make your decision.
Cost is another detail to think about—it's tough to put a price on things like this, but it can be significantly expensive to move fish. This means, for many people, the relocation simply isn't feasible.
We know this is difficult, Carmen. It may be possible to plan a safe relocation for your fish but it's also understandable to decide that they should stay behind with someone you trust to take good care of them. Either way, you're doing the right thing by trying to learn as much as you can about your options.
As always, we recommend talking to a veterinarian, as well (or in this case, a fish expert), if you have concerns about how to properly prepare for long distance pet travel by air or car.
Please let us know if we can be of assistance, and good luck with whatever you decide.
Pet Travel Question Details:
Estimated Move Date: March 2016
From: Wappingers Falls, NY
To: Austin, TX