Fish shipping mortality rate

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  1. A777flygirl

    A777flygirl Active Member

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    I ordered my first fish online from Liveaquaria to have it arrive upside down with its mouth open dead... :(

    I am wondering what the survivability rate is for shipping Fish?

    This was very upsetting and I don't know if I want to try it again but the awesome selection on line when you live so far awasy from any LFS is so tempting.

    Thanks for your input!
     
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  2. VietExtender

    VietExtender Active Member Partner Member 2018

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    I’ve ordered from live aquaria, saltwaterfish, and pet solution. My ranking for these sites are: pet solution, live aquaria, then saltwaterfish. I usually get more doa (mainly wrasses) with saltwaterfish and live aquaria than with pet solutions. Could be that pet solutions add a ton more water with bigger bags.
     
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  3. eatbreakfast

    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Expert Contributor Partner Member Partner Member 2018

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    Some species ship worse than others, but less than 10% mortality has been my experience, regardless of provider.
     
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    ca1ore Well-Known Member CTARS Member

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    I'd agree, about 10% ..... as long as FEDEX isn't delivering LOL. For some reason, where I live they are almost incapable of delivering ontime. Still waiting for my 10:30 am overnight box ..... sigh. Hopefully not DoA.
     
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    swensos Well-Known Member

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    I thought it was just Brooklyn Fedex that was terrible...
     
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    VietExtender Active Member Partner Member 2018

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    It’s the opposite for me . FedEx comes to me earlier and UPS even had a machine malfunction which caused my order of corals come a day later.
     
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    ca1ore Well-Known Member CTARS Member

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    I think it depends a lot on where you live. I avoid FEDEX like the proverbial plague because they frequently screw up (when I saw my BlueZoo shipment was coming via FEDEX I doth groan). UPS is almost perfect.
     
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    got a great anemone from Divers Den Live aquaria still doing great and a couple of fish that lasted a few days but maybe not their fault - who knows
     
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    I have had excellent results with all on line dealers. I have used Live Aquaria the most. Maybe one dead fish in twenty years.
     
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    JOKER Well-Known Member R2R Supporter MTRCMember

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    I was experiencing a lot of DOA or they would last a day or two with live aquaria in the last month or so. I have one fish living out of 14. It is still doing well in QT. I just ordered from bluezoo, and all arrived alive. I will use them now.
     
  11. 4FordFamily

    4FordFamily Tang, Angel, & Wrasse Addict R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Let’s remember that LFS get fish shipped to them in bags, often from the same sources that LA and Petsolutions (both come direct from Quality Marine and never see either facility, believe it or not) come from.

    Unfortunately, DOA happens. I’ve had the fewest DOA with @NYAquatic and Divers Den (separate location that ships from their Wisconsin location, not from QM directly).
     
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    Deinonych Well-Known Member

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    This has been my experience as well.
     
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    chipmunkofdoom2 Well-Known Member

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    I have ordered fish from Unique Corals to Live Aquaria to individual hobbyists. Not a single mortality in about a dozen or more fish shipped.
     
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