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Old 07-08-2010, 02:03 AM   #31
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That's pretty darn good for a brick and mortar place, and pretty rare.

The 7-10-14 day guarantees, to me, are just marketing gimmicks. Seems to me, with my bad luck experiences of trying to get my first few fish through quarantine, that fish are either DOA (or within 8 hours or so), or they hang on for several weeks (more than 14 days) obviously not doing well before finally giving it up. Whether it's 3 days or 14 days, I'm guessing the death/refund rates are pretty much the same.

Regardless, I've purchased fish online (liveaquaria.com) and would again. I prefer to get them locally from a trusted LFS where I can see them before hand, but in some circumstances the online route is cheaper/easier/more convenient.
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LFS guarantees are usually bogus too. I'm sure some out there are fine, but the only one i tried to redeem, your levels had to be like absolutely perfect, which is never going to happen. You could have brought in fresh mixed salt and that guy would have found a level he didn't like.
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Thanks to you all for your experiences with buying off the internet. The fish I would like is a yellow assessor. I hear they're peaceful and pricey. However, if I get a guarantee perhaps it would be worth it. What do you think? Oh. One more thing. I did see one last week when I was surfing and it was 50% off. Being new I'm wondering why was the price reduced. I'd like to think it is because the FS has had it for a while and wants to push it out of the tank which is fine with me if that's the reason. Again, what do you all think?
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That's pretty darn good for a brick and mortar place, and pretty rare.

The 7-10-14 day guarantees, to me, are just marketing gimmicks. Seems to me, with my bad luck experiences of trying to get my first few fish through quarantine, that fish are either DOA (or within 8 hours or so), or they hang on for several weeks (more than 14 days) obviously not doing well before finally giving it up. Whether it's 3 days or 14 days, I'm guessing the death/refund rates are pretty much the same.

Regardless, I've purchased fish online (liveaquaria.com) and would again. I prefer to get them locally from a trusted LFS where I can see them before hand, but in some circumstances the online route is cheaper/easier/more convenient.
My last DiversDen purchase was an Achilles Tang. For awhile it was only eating Nori/Seaweed. I would periodically emial liveaquaria letting them know this and see if they had any suggestions. They actually extended the guarantee for me past the original 14-days. Excellent service.
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Thanks to you all for your experiences with buying off the internet. The fish I would like is a yellow assessor. I hear they're peaceful and pricey. However, if I get a guarantee perhaps it would be worth it. What do you think? Oh. One more thing. I did see one last week when I was surfing and it was 50% off. Being new I'm wondering why was the price reduced. I'd like to think it is because the FS has had it for a while and wants to push it out of the tank which is fine with me if that's the reason. Again, what do you all think?
You should be happy it is half off, if it is from one of the reputable websites which we listed in this thread. Buy it now before it goes off sale. They probably just have a lot of them in stock right now and thats why it is half off..... not because it is half dead.(if thats what you were thinking)
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My last DiversDen purchase was an Achilles Tang. For awhile it was only eating Nori/Seaweed. I would periodically emial liveaquaria letting them know this and see if they had any suggestions. They actually extended the guarantee for me past the original 14-days. Excellent service.
All vendors should have this attitude IMO. We arent buying TVs, we are buying fish. How many people would spend $100 on a fish (shipping included) if they dont know what they are doing? They could also ask questions to determine if you are trust worthy or just an idiot.

I will likely save up some money so I can buy a fish from liveaquaria as well as some coral and whatnot so I can make the shipping worth it. (Dont want to turn a $10 goby into a $50 goby. )

Ive heard liveaquaria is the best online vendor...

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All vendors should have this attitude IMO. We arent buying TVs, we are buying fish. How many people would spend $100 on a fish (shipping included) if they dont know what they are doing? They could also ask questions to determine if you are trust worthy or just an idiot.

I will likely save up some money so I can buy a fish from liveaquaria as well as some coral and whatnot so I can make the shipping worth it. (Dont want to turn a $10 goby into a $50 goby. )

Ive heard liveaquaria is the best online vendor...

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Thats a good point, if you want a $10 fish its very hard to justify paying the $40 shipping. But if you order a bunch of fish, like you mentioned, then it seems to make more sense. I ordered all of my online fish as a group of at least a few..... With exception to the 5" Hawaiian Achilles, which is fairly rare and when the price tag on the fish is already $230 whats an extra $40 at that point. Plus with the poor history of the Achilles, I felt getting it from liveaquaria, DiversDen was the only option.
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ryshark: Yes I was thinking maybe something was wrong with the Assessor. I still haven't had the nerve to try internet fish shopping and for now I'll stick with my LFS she's honest and is very helpful when choosing fish. Thanks for your reply.
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I've bought from LiveAquaria, BlueZoo, SaltwaterFish.com and a couple of other places. That's for both fish, corals, and inverts. If I'm only buying one fish I find I need to buy some corals, inverts a/o other items to justify the shipping charges. But I trust them more the the lfs's left around here. I could drive an hour or so, bu then the price plus gas plus my time make it cost more than the online purchase.

I also recently got some corals from MidWest on eBay. Much better deal than I could get locally, but I did get 7 coral frags.

It all comes down to where you live and how good a nearby lfs is. When I first started the lfs I got my tank from had terrible livestock. A kid at the local Petco told me about another store with pristine tanks. I bought several fish from them and never had a problem. Unfortunatley they are gone, so I am left with the drive, or an online purchase.

For snails, etc. it's easy (reefcleaners). For other's it's a bit more difficult.
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