Update: I should be getting my crew tomorrow. The people at Aquatic Connection have actually been fairly responsive and helpful. So far, I would say, don't necessarily trust everything you read on the Internet. One or two really angry people may make it look much worse than it is.
So, minor hiccup that was sort of annoying. After talking with them on Monday and confirming that they had my items "in stock" they told me today that they did not have any tiger conchs or nerite snails. Not wanting to delay the shipment cause I am off work this week only, I had to make a rushed decision about what to replace the $45 worth of merchandise that they did not have. I spoke with someone at the shop about something that would replace the conch's sand sifting ability. He ended up recommending a royal starfish. I looked at their description on their website and asked the guy a few questions. Seems like it will do the job and I will have to inject mysis shrimp or something meaty into the sandbed regularly to keep him fed. They had him listed at $50 so I appreciate that they were willing to overcompensate me for the change. However, saltwaterfish.com has them on sale for $26.
Ok, so any suggestions about receiving and getting these guys into the tank. This is my first time getting live goods from the Internet. I read up on and plan to use drip acclimation, probably over about a 3 hour period. Open the box under low lighting, and keep tank lights off for a day after introduction. No air exposure for starfish, urchins. Anyone have any tips? I plan on using two 5 gal
buckets and have 2 drip lines going.