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Old 09-25-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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Live online orders - how long can they sit in the box?

I recently ordered a midas blenny, trachy and stylophora from LiveAquaria, but the package delivered a day earlier than they promised. As a result I can't get to the livestock until very late tonight as I work about 1.5 hours from home, at which point the contents will have been in the shipping box for about 36 hours.

In your experiences, how long can the livestock stay in the box for without any adverse effects? LiveAquaria told me up to 72 hours, but that seems like a long time. I could have my wife help me to acclimate/quarantine the fish, but would much rather do so myself.

Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions they could share?
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:49 PM   #2
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Depends on the weather a lot. If it's too hot or too cold that would change the temp in the box. If it's mild weather I think 36 hours would be fine. Just try to get to that box ASAP! Good luck. My Midas blenny is my fav fish in my smaller tank. So much personality.
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With live aquaria, they should be ok. Just get to them ASAP and make sure you acclimate them for about 2 hours by drip acclimation so you don't shock them.
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Thanks. My wife got too excited and opened the box, but wants to wait til I get home before acclimating and quarantining. She said she couldn't see the midas blenny though! It's now impossible for me to concentrate at work...
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:49 PM   #5
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If she opened the box she should probably float the bags so they don't get too cold.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:24 PM   #6
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Thanks Faye. Luckily liveaquaria included a heating pack and she put the pack back in and sealed the box.
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I'd ask her to start floating them at least. If she can do so and have the bags open that would also help.
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If they don't make it you can most likely get a refund or a new specimen. Iv had problems in the past with them and all it took was an email and they fixed whatever the issue was. Sometimes they are more expensive or don't have exactly what you want but their customer service is impeccable.
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:48 AM   #9
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Everything seems to be doing well so far! Mickey the midas blenny is finally eating and seems to be enjoying his new PVC/live rock QT shelter and the trachy opened up and ate mysis the first night. I don't have a separate QT for the corals so I just dipped them in coral rx and am hoping for the best!
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If they don't make it you can most likely get a refund or a new specimen. Iv had problems in the past with them and all it took was an email and they fixed whatever the issue was. Sometimes they are more expensive or don't have exactly what you want but their customer service is impeccable.
Why would you even make this comment? Just because a company has a guarantee on their livestock does not mean we should be so careless in tending to them. To the OP, glad to hear they are doing good! Just recently got my first live shipment from liveaquaria and have to say im greatly impressed with their packing/shipping.
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