Is it worth ordering $500 worth of fish from Dr. Reef for free shipping?

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Dr. Reef apparently has free shipping on orders over $500, and they have relatively cheap prices for very desirable fish(tiger anthias, red cardinals, select fairy wrasses). However, I'm unsure if getting potentially 6+ different fish and inverts at the exact same time will be healthy for the tank and the animals, and I've never actually had an animal shipped before. Is it safe to spend this money?
 

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Edit depending on what you get and tank size....
 

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I’ve already spent 500 or more, everything came well, tomorrow I’m just getting four fish and a shrimp from him, after acclimatization, straight into the tank, no quarantines and no extra aquariums.
 
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Edit depending on what you get and tank size....
80 gallon reef, 3 years old and I'm recently booting it back up. Parameters seem to be stable but I'm currently slowly getting magnesium, carbon and alk higher. Only got a damsel and engineer goby in there.
 

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80 gallon reef, 3 years old and I'm recently booting it back up. Parameters seem to be stable but I'm currently slowly getting magnesium, carbon and alk higher. Only got a damsel and engineer goby in there.
Go slow homie maybe a few desireables higher priced....but if going smaller for qty go slow...
 
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Go slow homie maybe a few desireables higher priced....but if going smaller for qty go slow...
Sticking to blue zoo then, I specifically detest fish of higher price... The "fodder" stuff is what I enjoy. Maybe except for sharks and big fish worth the price but those are out of my league.

that soldierfish looks sweet though... and blue zoo haven't had those in stock for ages.
 
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I’ve already spent 500 or more, everything came well, tomorrow I’m just getting four fish and a shrimp from him, after acclimatization, straight into the tank, no quarantines and no extra aquariums.
What did you get for how big a tank?
 

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I have 90 gal, I bought a yellow coris, a yellow tan, a diamond Goby
 

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Inverts don't add much to the bioload is what I have always read.

What size are the fish? If they are small, they won't add much more than 1 large fish.
 
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Inverts don't add much to the bioload is what I have always read.

What size are the fish? If they are small, they won't add much more than 1 large fish.
Thinking of a soldierfish, bunch of red cardinals, maybe swalesi basslet? Not sure about anything else tbh. I'd think that'll be a lot of bioload already.
 

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I’ve already spent 500 or more, everything came well, tomorrow I’m just getting four fish and a shrimp from him, after acclimatization, straight into the tank, no quarantines and no extra aquariums.
Do they really quarantine their fish? I never ordered fork them because I thought it was fake but idk.
 

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Not fake, they do quarantine if you select that option.
Really that is good to know. I get my fish quarantined by a friend but I need to get some snails quarantined. I’d they offer that I may order some
 
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Not fake, they do quarantine if you select that option.
yeah, part of why I was looking at them... I only have buckets for a quarantine, and only a single air stone/pump. Being able to introduce fish is just better and logistically simpler for not much of a price raise.
 
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Those are all smaller fish, I think you would be fine. Feed lightly for a few weeks.
Full lineup to fill the $500 would probably be:
2 red cards
2 black cards
1 swalesi
1 soldier
1 longnose hawk
(swalesi/hawk interchangable with zebra moray/tailspot blenny)

I'm not in a coral - rich system right now, and my sand bed was recently disturbed by my engineer goby's engineering activities. Probably need more reseach before I can make a decision.

May have to drop the soldierfish, heard reports of it being able to fit a whole fairy wrass in its mouth and thus my Dascyllus is at risk. If that's the case it'll be swalesi/zebra moray and 3 red cardinals.
 
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@Slocke Do you think the care requirements of a banded snake eel are closer to a ribbon eel or a snowflake eel? They turned out to be pretty cheap on dr. reef... and they stated they are medicated beforehand. If they're similar to a snowflake or zebra it may make a good alternative. I'm mostly worried about it ambushing my dascyllus melanurus.
 

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Dr. Reef apparently has free shipping on orders over $500, and they have relatively cheap prices for very desirable fish(tiger anthias, red cardinals, select fairy wrasses). However, I'm unsure if getting potentially 6+ different fish and inverts at the exact same time will be healthy for the tank and the animals, and I've never actually had an animal shipped before. Is it safe to spend this money?
What size is the tank?
 

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