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Old 03-20-2008, 12:06 PM   #1
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Fish shipping

When buying fish, do you recommend purchasing them online and having them shipped or heading to the LFS? How does shipping fish work?
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:18 PM   #2
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Good question. I'm interested to learn about fish shipping as well. I've bought plants, but never fish. For livestock, I'd go to a trusted LFS. If they look healthy and have what you want (<--big "if"), why not make it less stressful for them and save on shipping costs?
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:26 PM   #3
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I think a lot of it depends on the shipper, original health of the fish, shipping time and acclimation. I have had mixed results from different shippers. For example, I tried marinedepotlive and will never order from them again. I have used thatpetplace.com and the service was great and fast.
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I also wanted to add, that I don't get any livestock delivered during the colder months.
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Well, my question was more to satisfy my curiosity - how do they actually ship the fish? Zip-locs surrounded by bubble wrap? Haha
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Typically, they will double bag them and put them in a styrofoam container and then in a shipping box. During the colder months, they will add heat packs. I haven't ordered from a lot of places, but that is how they have been shipped to me.
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:48 AM   #8
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scott is right.....I wouldn't order during the cooler months. I ordered a large derasa clam and it essentially froze to death.

I've also ordered corals and clams from thatfishplace.com and had really good luck.

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I've had better luck with private partys then big suppliers, The private party tens to take better care of the fish cause it's there fish and not just stock to them. I come from a small town where going to a LFS means high dollor for what I call crap stock. But shipping fish that's health and throw a private party is much better and somtimes (9 out of 10 ) faster. I've had bettas come to me 75 to 150 at a time wraped in wet newspaper and had 50 times loses then baged stock.
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Just wrapped in paper?!?! Wow, I wouldn't order from that place, ever again.
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