Well I called and attempted to order the CUC and Firefish today.
Firefish: $12 w00t, smokin deal!
Shipping: $67 WTF
So that was a no-go. There is no way I'm paying 5 times the price of the fish for shipping.
So, a little ticked off and a lot anxious, I decided to drive a couple towns over (about an hour away) where they have much better pet stores than in my city.
Unfortunately, neither of those ones had a Firefish in stock, however I did talk to one of the employees there who has been VERY helpful in the past, and he said he could order one in for me no problem. He said it should be about $40, which is what I have seen them go for locally in the past, but he also said if I come pick it up the same day that they get it in, I get 30% off. That way the fish doesn't have to acclimate twice, so they encourage that.
He also didn't think that the order that I add the Firefish/Clownfish would matter very much. But unfortunately they didn't have one of those either.
So I moved on to the next store (the one I bought my live rock from). No Firefish there either, they did have one Maroon Clown that almost tempted me, but he didn't appear to be very happy, and I would rather hold out for the one I really want. They did have a gorgeous Banggai Cardinal and oh man did it ever take a lot of willpower to not walk out of there with him. I REALLY want one, but that will have to wait for a bigger tank.
They did have a ton of snails and hermits and I got a really good deal if I bought 10, so I got 5 of each. She also threw in some extra shells to hopefully keep the hermits away from the snails.
So I headed home with those, still pretty dissapointed that after patiently waiting for the tank to cycle, I was 2 weeks in and still wouldn't have any fish. As I was driving back, I remembered that the local shop right by my house had a small Clown that was super active and looked very healthy. I have probably seen this guy 5 or 6 times over the past month, but today I go in to buy it.....and it's gone
*sigh* Such is life. Oh well, guess now I'm stuck waiting who knows how long for the Firefish to come in