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Old 10-08-2002, 07:37 PM   #1
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Well, I bit the bullet and got the 9 for $99.00. It arrived today at 4:00 pm, FedEx in this area sucks! After finding one bag that was pretty much empty of water (that coral went straight into the tank) I acclimated the rest. As noted, one bag had been pierced by the corals skeleton, the others were in decent shape. That said, the Galaxea appears to be doing OK and the rest of the corals are all opening up. I was truely impressed with the size of the corals they send you for the 9 for $99.00. For the money, it was the best deal could find, and I don't feel they did me wrong. Pics coming soon...
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Old 10-08-2002, 07:51 PM   #2
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**** fed ex does suck in your area.

I cant wait for photos!!!!
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Old 10-08-2002, 10:33 PM   #3
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First I'll give you a list of what I got and an approx. size.

1) Bubble coral-4" X 2.5"
2) carpet mushrooms-rock a little bigger than my fist, at least 30 shrooms
3) Yellow polyps-8" X 3.5"
4) Leather coral-toadstool head is approc 3"-4" across
5) green button polyps-4.5" X 3"
6) Pagoda-about 3.5" across
7) Galaxy-4" X 3"
8) GSP-6" X 3"
9) Alveopora-3" X 1.5" branching

Now the probs...
-The shrooms were sold as a carpet shroom, with out a pic I thought I was getting some hairy shrooms, not the case :roll:
-Leather coral was supposed to be a devils hand (said usually on the site, so not much to complain about the usually kinda screws that...)lobophytum, I got a Sarcophyton
-Green button polyps are actually gold seamats with green centers
-Galaxy had some tissue recession, this is the coral that came in with the popped bag and no water. Not sure whether it was sent out like that, or it occured during shipping
-The one polyp that has opened on the GSP, is brown. Although IME with good light, the brown ones will turn green.
-Alveopora came in in pitiful shape, it has started to open, but it is obvious that there is alot of tissue recession on this coral, and just as obvious that it was shipped that way


The size of these corals for the money, really is surprising. I almost wasn't able to fit it all in, and I'm sure I will be doing some rearranging in the coming week. Overall, I am satisfied with the order with only a couple of exeptions. The alveopora is pretty upsetting, I expected to have problems with this coral, but I did expect it to be after a few months, rather than right off the bat. The seamat/button polyp thing sucks, but it's OK cause I like seamats (actually if they'd been listed as seamats, I would have ordered them rather than the buttons :? ) The Galaxy is responding well, hopefully the tissue will grow back, the individual coralites seem OK, it's the tissue between them...

You can view pics of everything accept the alveopora at this page.
http://www.reefrunner.netfirms.com/order.htm
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Old 10-08-2002, 10:51 PM   #4
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Wow, thanks for shairing. Maybe you could update us on the corals say 1 week from now after they have had a chance to open up fully.

It looks like I will be ordering from jeff in a month or so myself.
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Looks like a great deal. I've actually thought about it but never had the guts to do it.

Keep us posted as to how they are doing.

Thanks for the post.
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Old 10-09-2002, 01:17 PM   #6
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I'd like to say thanks to Reefrunner for being a guinea pig and trying out the deal I've always wanted to try, now I might. If you dont mind me asking, what was the total price after shipping and where are you from? Did you order online or via phone?
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I'd like to say thanks to Reefrunner for being a guinea pig and trying out the deal I've always wanted to try, now I might. If you dont mind me asking, what was the total price after shipping and where are you from? Did you order online or via phone?
Gee...your welcome

I know what you mean, the thing for me was, it couldn't be much worse than the size of the corals at my LFS, and the price was better, even after shipping and a possible loss of one of the items, so I went for it. What really convinced me was when I was looking at corals on some of the other sites and I was going to spend more for 3 corals and a conch

The corals were $99.00
Box charge was $10.00
Shipping was $65.00
Total $174.00

I live in N. Florida on the Gulf, in a rural area, the shipping method that should have had it here next day by 10:30am get's it here by 4:30pm. I was pretty pissed about the shipping, until I felt how heavy the box was.
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Old 10-09-2002, 06:23 PM   #8
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I live in the midwest, a little town called Keyesport, Illinois.(also in a rural area). Im about 40 miles east of st. lou, and yes we are very proud of the Cardinals, and disappointed in the Rams, but thats another story. Anyway, my shipping would probably be similar to yours. The thing that is weird is I race go-karts and you can send a 5 horse briggs motor to anywhere in the continental states for about 15 bucks. Why is shipping so much higher on livestock, I mean , after all it does go by wieght, correct? I tell ya, a friggin motor is heavier than a box with 9 corals in it.
well thanks again.
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Hmmm, how often does that motor have to be there the next day? I do believe there is also a mark up, cause of live animals, as well as insurance, I am sure the Vendors purchase the shipping with the insurance...
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So I decided to try and figure out how much I actually saved, over the LFS...
1) Bubble coral - 40.00
2) carpet mushrooms - 40.00
3) Yellow polyps - 35.00
4) Leather coral - 40.00
5) green button polyps - 30.00
6) Pagoda - 35.00
7) Galaxy - 40.00
8) GSP - 40.00
9) Alveopora - 30.00
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So it would have cost $330.00 X 7% sales tax = $353.10
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So it would have cost $330.00 X 7% sales tax = $353.10
And you said it cost

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The corals were $99.00
Box charge was $10.00
Shipping was $65.00
Total $174.00
So the way I see it. You could have purchased two 9 for $99 and sent one to my house and still saved $5.10 over LFS pricing.



Good deal in my book since you saved over 1/2 the cost.
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michealprater,

I suspect if you priced out the overnight priority shipping cost on a motor you would see it will cost very close if not more than the cost to ship the 9 for 99 package. That next day deliver before 10:30AM (in most areas) is what makes it more expensive than even standard overnight delivery.

You could go even higher if jeffs exotic offered to ship it overnight before 8AM method. I dont know what they call it but I know they offer it.
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reefrunner you rock. next time i see another deal, ill have you try it.
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