1. Are tropical fish prices cyclical with seasons, i.e., do they cost more during the colder months?
2. Are the risks on buying fish from, say Oregon, significantly greater, than from Pennsylvania, if they are being shipped to NC. I mean, is there more to "overnight" than just "overnight?"
3. Is there a magic handshake to get the LFS to order fish, specifically? I have struck out, admittedly since I am just starting over, I do not yet have any real relationships yet, but I figured paying up front would do the trick. It did not. Any tips, or is this a non-starter?
4. Bonus question: Why do the fish I like seem to be located the farthest away?
Thanks in advance for any and all responses.