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Old 06-27-2010, 02:06 PM   #1
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Question buying fish off the internet?

If I were to buy fish off the internet can someone recommend a reputable fish supplier?
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liveaquaria is pretty good from what i hear
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Old 06-27-2010, 02:12 PM   #3
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Severum Mama and HN1 have good rep going around for buying fish from as well. If you check out the classifieds they have stuff for sale in there
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really depends on what you're looking for? Quite a lot of sellers on aquabid do this for a living. Some of the rest of hobbyists who do shipping very very often. Feedback is a wonderful tool.
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if this is your first shipped fish, keeping them in a tank by themselves will be pretty important. shipped fish need some time to recover from stress, that fish purchased locally would not have undergone, at least not so recently.
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I am sure there are some decent internet suppliers out there. But everyone who responds to this post and the author ponder this.........Internet aquarium sales is slowly putting our local fresh and saltwater shops out of business. They cannot compete with the prices. Wouldnt you rather establish a good relationship with your local specialist and know the fish you are buying have been eating and are not carrying some disease that could wipe your tank out? I realize money is tight for all of us but you will NEVER catch me buying live stock that I cannot see before buying, it is worth the extra money to me! Support your local business! Just a thought...................
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I second bluezooaquatics.com. I have ordered from them once and everything was packaged really well. The fish and corals were very healthy. They have a flat $40 shipping fee which is cheaper than other sites. I will be ordering from them again this week.
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I am sure there are some decent internet suppliers out there. But everyone who responds to this post and the author ponder this.........Internet aquarium sales is slowly putting our local fresh and saltwater shops out of business. They cannot compete with the prices. Wouldnt you rather establish a good relationship with your local specialist and know the fish you are buying have been eating and are not carrying some disease that could wipe your tank out? I realize money is tight for all of us but you will NEVER catch me buying live stock that I cannot see before buying, it is worth the extra money to me! Support your local business! Just a thought...................
Just like everyone else, the "Mom and Pop" fish shop has to adapt. Trust me.

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Plus the highlighted statement is completely misguided. Your local shop can't even attempt to really QT anything except the grievously sick fish. If you go in and want to buy a fish that was just tanked the day before, they will sell it. They have to because they have been forced to lower prices and increase volumes. Not by internet companies, but by big box stores that have massive purchasing (and there for pricing) power. I'm all for saving the Mom n pops, but they can't remain in the past either. The successful shops will be the ones that use the internet as a tool for their own business rather than simply sitting back and ranting about the good ole days.
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Another problem with LFS are that many dont guarantee their fish and corals. Most the time everything is great, but ive had a few bumps like my neon goby that had some fungus on him while still in the bag and an acropora that had redbugs. I was able to treat them back to full health, but jeeze ya know? They werent thrilled when I told them, they just told me which meds are waste of money. I was expecting them to offer to swap them out or something, let them do the treatment since the critters came from their tanks...

Online places like saltwaterfish.com guarantee their items for 15 days! Others are joining in with the guarantees and STILL keeping prices low. A while ago I complained about reefs2go, but they made things right eventually, and now ALSO offer a 2 week guarantee after what happened to me.

A lot of online stores also offer free shipping (or greatly reduced) to people in their state. Thats going to really change things for LFS if they dont join in. Why pay $20.00 for a fish at a LFS with no guarantee when I can get the same for $10.00 online with free shipping and a 2 week guarantee? A lot of us cannot afford to support the LFS all the time.

LFS will really have to adjust now with 2 week guarantees, free shipping, and reward programs...

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