Shipping mistake is having plants and fish arrive while on vacation!
So due to a shipping delay, it looks like my 4 juvenile american flag fish and 2 mats of dwarf baby tears are going to arrive while I'm out of town... If they follow their usual shipping schedule they'll arrive on Thursday or Friday, but I won't be home until the following Tuesday night. I've already tried calling and emailing the shipper to ask them to delay shipment for a week, but haven't had any responses yet... I think it's time to plan for the worst and hope for the best. My husband will be home to handle the delivery, but he has no aquarium keeping knowledge and hates contact with "fish water". I'm trying to figure out the minimum instructions needed to give him to keep things alive and out of trouble until I get home...
I think I've figured out a plan for the flagfish (acclimate and put them into floating breeder chambers until I can get home and monitor how they do when loose with my guppies), but I'm not sure what to tell him to do with the dwarf baby tears... My last shipment of these mats from the shipper pretty much all died (dropped nearly all their leaves as soon as they touched the tank water, then proceeded to turn to mush over the next 3 days) even when I was there to plant them carefully and up the ferts for their adjustment, so I'm worried these will be another loss as well... I don't expect him to be able or willing to plant them, so should I just have him float them in the tank and hope for the best?