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Kim 12-05-2008 02:21 PM

Buying fish online??
So, shortly after Christmas I will be getting the fish to stock my 29 gallon tank with :-D. The only problem is that none of the fish stores near me carry them. I found one store that would order them for me, but I didn't like the care of their fish very much. They had ick in many of the tanks, despite the fact that their website clearly states that they "carefully quarantine all fish before putting them for sale". So, I was thinking of ordering from Has anyone ordered from here before? Is it worth it (meaning the fish will be healthier than pet store fish)? The shipping is a killer, so I want to make sure that this is the best way to go before I buy. Thanks.

Oh, and if you have any other options feel free to share :lol:.

Cody 12-05-2008 04:10 PM

Liveaquaria is AMAZING. I constantly look at their Diver's Den, and would buy more often if it wasnt for the fact I'm 14 with no job... lol.

I ordered my Clown from there. Still doing great. They came like they were just put into the bag. I will order from them in the future when I want my Longnose Hawkfish, Pistol Shrimp, and other corals.

aunt kymmie 12-05-2008 06:16 PM

I've never purchased fish from Liveaquaria but I have purchased plants from them. They arrived beautifully packaged and they were so fresh you'd never guess that they had been in transit. If I was ordering fish I wouldn't hesitate to use them.

flight50 12-05-2008 06:18 PM

i have no experience with the company. however ordering live fish/plants online will give you a quality selection. there is a price for this though. most companies will guarantee there live product. but in order to do this, alot of times it has to be overnighted which means higher shipping cost for the rushed service. if you don't take the overnight, it could be a voided guarantee instead. if there is a certain type of live product you want and no lfs carries it or your unsatisfied with the lfs, online may be the place to shop. i've order true SAEs once since my lfs didn't have them. To my surprise they were very well taking care of and thrived in my tank for a year until I let them go. I ordered plants once. But the shipping was done UPS ground so my plants had to be nursed back to health. Some didn't make it due to the extra shipping time. You be the judge. Don't waste money and loose your investment by being cheap.

aquatramp 12-06-2008 05:48 AM

You can get ick from anywhere you get fish. Fish that are stressed are susceptible so your store or shipped to you is never a quarantee. Aquabid does have a good rep for their fish but you will pay plenty for the shipping, too, unless you get a lot to make up for it.

I always just put my new fish in a quarantine tank and sometimes even add Ick Guard the day I get them just to play it safe. (Half doses for bottom dwellers.)

Kim 12-06-2008 10:28 AM

Thanks for the replies everyone. I feel better about ordering online now. I would never go with cheaper shipping for fish, so I would be paying about $35 for over night shipping. I'll just save up my money, especially since Christmas is coming soon.

I just don't really trust any of my fish stores. I have really only found one that is not a chain, and their fish just did not look to be in good health at all. I was surprised too that they had an ick outbreak, I can't see a good reason for this to happen if they actually did quarantine extensively before putting them into the show tanks.

And I will still quarantine the fish that I order online, just to be safe because I know that stress can make any fish more susceptable to disease.


aquadude 12-06-2008 02:02 PM

I go on live aquaria like 5 hours a day and i would blow all my money there but i live in canada.SUCKS.They also have great reviews on there web site.

SinCrisis 12-07-2008 03:02 AM

i think live aquaria is wonderful. However, i recently noticed this: Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums:Siamese Algae Eater and the siamese algae eater is NOT a flying fox. The name they use is commonly seen in pet stores that cant tell the difference between the two. Their selection is great but with this finding, im questioning how much research they're putting into the fish they sell...

aunt kymmie 12-07-2008 10:13 AM

Good observation, Sincrisis. I think I'll send an inquiry to liveaquaria asking for clarification and an explanation about this. It'll be interesting to hear their response.

Fishcricker 12-07-2008 01:09 PM

:-) You could also try Aquabid. Lots of breeders there selling their stock. Lots of variety. You may even find someone selling stock that you live near and you may be able to drive there for a pickup and save on shipping, plus less water transfers, thus reducing the added stress on the fish. That is how I bought my Discus.

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