Online fish purchases

Discussion in 'Fish Discussion' started by Griff, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. batfish5

    batfish5 Member

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    PACIFIC ISLAND AQUATICS ,enough said!!!!!
     
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  2. Servillius

    Servillius Active Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    I don’t want to be overly harsh about it. I’ve gotten many great fish from LA and they are excellent about honoring their warranty.

    That said, recently I feel bad because it seems like every second purchase is a warranty claim. There’s a point where I don’t want to deal with the dead fish all the time, warranty or no.
     
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    Melinda01 Active Member

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    I’ve ordered a lot from vivid aquariums and never had any problems.
     
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    falconut Active Member NJRC Member

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    I ordered from Petsolutions year's ago & was very happy. I ordered from regular Liveaquaria about a month ago & was mostly happy, just 1 of the fish was more like small size than medium so they refunded me 1/2 cost of that fish. I also ordered from N.Y. Aquatic a few months ago, as noted salinity was a little low, but nice healthy fish received. I always order enough to get free shipping.

    I typically go to my LFS, but they just weren't getting the few specific fish I wanted & don't offer a guarantee.
     
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    If you want to buy corals go to Boom Corals, Matt is awesome I am fortunate to live about an hours drive, but his process, size, quality are fantastic. Prices per piece as well are great value. He only sells top notch stuff.
    Before I had only bought online corals 2 times from other sources, and the size of the frags, or polyps was literally disappointing at best.** They don't sell fish though.
     
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    I was just at reef wise today (I live nearby). Yes, very few fish in the store, a few clowns, a tank of banghais, and some large angels. Even their coral frags are drastically reduced. They did have a large number of clams and nice bubbletip anenomes.

    Not quite sure what’s happening.
     
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    +1
     
  8. Saltyanimals

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    I had the opposite with the sizes. Ordered medium flame and ended with a monster. Took some pics with a ruler and submitted it. They shipped a new one of appropriate size and asked that I donate the monster. That's service.
     
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    Although- getting it right the first time would be better service. ;-)
     
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    As for the comments about low salinity, knowledgeable shippers generally ship with low salinity because ammonia in the water is less toxic at lower salinity. A way around this is to add a small piece of polyfilter in the bag to help absorb the ammonia.
     
  11. Deinonych

    Deinonych Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    It’s actually the other way around. Ammonia toxicity increases as salinity decreases.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022098101002271

    Online retailers ship in lower salinity primarily to save cost with salt.
     
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    I have ordered from Live Aquaria many times with no issues & they do not question when you have a DOA or anything, I've even had them tell me to wait the full 14 days to see if everything else makes it. Just ordered a Bonded pair of Wheeler's gobies with a pistol shrimp & a Bonded pair of Fire Shrimp which will arrive Tuesday. I will check out Blue zoo & Piece of the Ocean. I also buy from the LFS if he has something I like but I find much more variety online. & have ordered from Vivid Aquariums a couple times.
     
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    Susan Edwards Valuable Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    I just placed my first online order with LA. I was very nervous and anxious. Now I am very pleased. Local stores give no warranty so I figure I didn't have a lot to lose. Fish came on Thur. The 2 percula clowns were large--no small 1 incher's. Very surprised at that. The Ruby Head Wrass is also good size. Close to 3 inches. The Lubbocks wrasse is smaller. All doing well and looking good. I have 2 more wrasses coming in on Tue from LA
     
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