Ordering Fish/ Plants/ Inverts Help! Help

  1. Marco Rodriguez

    Marco Rodriguez Valued Member Member

    Hi,

    Wondering where everyone orders their things from if LFS can’t order them. Anything I should be aware of before ordering?

    Thanks

    Never ordered online before. Nervous that imma pay 30$ shipping for a bag of dead/ diseased plants/ fish/ Inverts
     
  2. toeknee

    toeknee Well Known Member Member

    I've ordered live fish from liveaquaria.com thatpetplace.com and wetspottropicalfish.com all with great results. Just remember drip acclimation is not recommended when ordering fish online. If a fish has been in it's shipping bag for 10 hours or more the best method is to float the bag to temp acclimate for 20 mins, then add them directly to the tank without getting bag water in your tank.
     
  3. -Mak-

    -Mak- Well Known Member Member

    I've ordered chili rasboras online once from Rachel O'Leary, who specializes in nano fish. She is excellent, is reputable, and she has to be because she has a pretty prominent educational youtube channel too. She recommends no acclimation, just plop and drop, and has a video explaining why.

    I have ordered shrimp from Flip Aquatics. They are also very good. Most highly colored shrimp come from Asia, which are sometimes prone to disease such as ellobiopsidae. Flip Aquatics quarantines for a month before selling, they also have a youtube channel so you can take a look at their facility.

    Plants I have ordered from Buceplant, Han's Aquatics, and Glass Aqua. Han's Aquatics has a large variety, with some more uncommon plants. Buceplant and Glass Aqua are great for the aquascaping scene, offer hardscape, rimless tanks, and in-vitro plants (which are guaranteed algae and snail free because they're grown in lab cups). Buceplant also sells shrimp, though mostly caridina varieties which are harder to care for. Some other aquascaping plant shops include Aqua Lab Aquaria and Aqua Forest Aquarium.
    If you're not very into aquascaping, I've heard good things about H2O plants and Aquarium Co-op :)
     
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    Marco Rodriguez

    Marco Rodriguez Valued Member Member

    Never would have known about the acclimation thank you both so much that’s huge
     
  5. NYFishGuy

    NYFishGuy Valued Member Member

    Some sellers on amazon have decent shipping price, i spent a few hours putting together plant orders from different sellers and comparing pricing.
    Problem was not everyone had all the plants i wanted. I ended up ordering from dustinsfishtanks, shipping was around 8$. aquarium coop also has free shipping for your first order code.
    I like both of them for their youtube video guides. Good prices too.
     
  6. -Mak-

    -Mak- Well Known Member Member

    It's a little strange because there's two common acclimation techniques that are basically opposites, I wasn't brave enough to plop and drop my shrimp but I did with the chilis and they turned out fine :)