The clam acclimating.
I tried to use a cup to transfer it and avoid exposure to air, but it actually got a little wedged in the cup, so that effort did NOT go as planned. I ended up having to give the bottom of the cup a good knock to get it out. It seems okay so far and has opened up a little. I'll try to post a pic or two tomorrow if it opens decently under the full lighting.
Here's the snails once in the tank.
They blend in with the rock, but you can see one next to the much larger snail I already had above the bubble coral and another to the right of the bubble coral. I think the third one is obscured by the salt smear.
My only DOA ws the carpenter's wrasse. this was the only fish on the order.
Funny, the camera flash through the water almost makes him look alive. It didn't look this good in person.
My wife was hurrying me out the door to get to an event for my daughter and a football game that we ended up getting to an hour ahead of time. My wife is funny that way. Once we got back from the game, I was able to fully read saltwaterfish.com's refund / credit policy. I had to make a claim within 5 hours of Fedex dropping off for a refund. When I looked at it earlier, I thought it was all credit only. It is credit only for 15 days after arrival. They do require you to submit a photo of the fish out of the bag as well. I guess I'll have to settle for credit his go round.
Saltwaterfish.com's guarantee is one day longer than Liveaquaria's (15 vs. 14 days) and they have a lower price point to qualify for free shipping ($200 vs. $225). Saltwaterfish.com also runs specials where if you but from a certain list of items, you get free shipping. The pricing on the livestock seems to be pretty competitive between the two if you look at bundles. Some things are a little higher, some are a little lower.
Liveaquaria gets the edge on making a claim for deceased livestock however. All you have to do is call, and they will give you a credit or refund (your choice). The quality of the inverts seems to be a little higher at Saltwaterfish.com based on my recent experiences. I can't say about the fish, as I only ordered one from Saltwaterfish.com, and it was DOA, but I don't think it's fair to form an opinion around that. Of course, my last Liveaquaria order all arrived alive, but I lost a PJ cardinal and a pygmy angel in the guarantee period from their order.
I found it odd that Saltwaterfish.com did not provide a packing list. That might seem like no big deal, but I can imagine someone getting shorted on an order bigger than mine and maybe not realizing it until later. I do like that they write onthe bag what it is. Again, not a huge deal, but ti could be useful on a larger order.
I hope you guys find this report useful.