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post #11 of 18 Old 11-24-2009, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, i love the rams, theyre so cool!!!! hahahaha thats just me but i have to go to my LFS to see what they have in stock that would fit my peramiters. im sure they'll have some more common fish. I wont have a problem finding the right fish ;)
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post #12 of 18 Old 11-24-2009, 08:27 AM
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Just make sure you chose fish that will get along both with the tank size and one another, apart from the parameters. Unfortunately a lot times the people at the LFS will sell you just about anything whether it really works for your tank or not.

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post #13 of 18 Old 11-24-2009, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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yeah your right but have any of you ever heard of tropiquarium in NJ? its a great store and the people there are awsome. its a longish ride though so i dont go often.
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post #14 of 18 Old 11-24-2009, 03:38 PM
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I'm in TN so I sure ain't gonna drive shopping in NJ Sounds nice thou

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post #15 of 18 Old 11-25-2009, 04:28 AM
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This time of year in Jersey can be cold. If transporting fish for any length of time, I would use a cooler to help keep the fish warm during the trip home. I have ordered fish online, and always keep the styrofoam boxes they arrive in for just such an occasion. You may be surprised at how much better fish act after acclimating by doing the same. Cheap styrofoam coolers can be used as mentioned or small playmate coolers. Smaller works better at holding heat than larger ones. Have also taped those hand warmers to the underside of the lid in an effort to preserve heat.

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post #16 of 18 Old 11-25-2009, 06:08 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for the advice 1077. should you do the same for plants that you buy? hey, i have just like a random question. when you buy fish online and you get them shipped to you, how do they ship? i mean like i guess like you said in a Styrofoam cooler but like in bags with the fish in them???
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post #17 of 18 Old 11-25-2009, 07:58 AM
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Fish I have ordered have all come in bags of water. I nearly always opt for next day delivery if possible. I'ts expensive but I feel better knowing that the fish won't be in the bags long. I have also gotten fish that took three days to arrive and usually had a fatality or two. Plants I have ordered in the past (not for a while) have all come wrapped in damp newspaper and then placed in plastic bags (no water). Some arrived in good shape,others not so good. P.S. Fish shipped during cold months will usually be shipped with heat packet similar to hand warmer I mentioned.

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post #18 of 18 Old 11-25-2009, 08:34 AM
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If you pick up plants at the store and its cold where you're at, I'd suggest the same procedure for the plants. Most commonly used tank plants are tropical, so they want Temp ~70 and up, being exposed to let's say freezing Temps may not kill them but harm them, after all you want pretty plants.
The plants I ordered here HOME_PAGE_TITLE also came wrapped in wet paper separately packed in plastic bags& labels all that wrapped up again in 1 bundle with heat packs and in a box.

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