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Please note the two stores linked below have been linked as examples of long standing fish stores which I have visited. I am not suggesting anybody shop in them. That is not the purpose here.

Salt water and fresh are different. I am not sure how well sw fish ship. Most stores cannot compete with online. Some do well. Here is one open since 1990 https://www.beitalsaquariums.com/ The place is huge and has two building. Tanks are in one and the other with everything else has two story high ceilings and racks of fish and supplies all the way up.

House of Fins is another amazing long lived store. Not huge but great stock. To be employed there you must pass a test of your fish knowledge. You not only find healthy fish there but also great advice. The problem is you pay for what you get. I inly would go there weekdays because I was told on weekend the limos and Mercedes were ripple parked. http://www.houseoffins.com/ I used to trade my LF BN for store credit years back.

On the other hand some of the local pat stores either closed of stop selling live fish or anything fish. There was a great store in NJ called the shark aquarium with a great rep. They had to close when their rent was raised beyond their ability to sustain things.

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Please note the two stores linked below have been linked as examples of long standing fish stores which I have visited. I am not suggesting anybody shop in them. That is not the purpose here.

Salt water and fresh are different. I am not sure how well sw fish ship. Most stores cannot compete with online. Some do well. Here is one open since 1990 https://www.beitalsaquariums.com/ The place is huge and has two building. Tanks are in one and the other with everything else has two story high ceilings and racks of fish and supplies all the way up.

House of Fins is another amazing long lived store. Not huge but great stock. To be employed there you must pass a test of your fish knowledge. You not only find healthy fish there but also great advice. The problem is you pay for what you get. I inly would go there weekdays because I was told on weekend the limos and Mercedes were ripple parked. http://www.houseoffins.com/ I used to trade my LF BN for store credit years back.

On the other hand some of the local pat stores either closed of stop selling live fish or anything fish. There was a great store in NJ called the shark aquarium with a great rep. They had to close when their rent was raised beyond their ability to sustain things.

Bear in mind when it comes to getting fish
I’ve ordered many saltwater fish online and they were all shipped the same as freshwater and I had no issues
 
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I said I wouldn't given the winter conditions and such.. but the urge got the better of me..

I did one last mail-order fish order with this seller for my sub-tropical setup. Given the issues I had above with the golden barbs, he had given me a discount, so I ordered 5 green barbs (was sent 6).

So far in this planted 55 I've got the 3 weather loaches, 6 golden barbs, 7 green barbs and some guppy/endler mix. One BN pleco and some assassin snails too.

The reason I have 7 barbs is I took in a single adult green barb from someone wishing to re-home it from a local FB fish group I follow. They're so cute they remind me of parrots and they're color contrasts awesomely with the golden barbs.

This would be the most individual fish I've ever kept in one tank.

Anyway.. He modified his packaging. The barbs were packed in the usual 7"x7" box, lined with 3/4" styrofoam. Then the space between the fish bag and styrofoam was filled with a blown-in paper pulp type insulation, w/ two heat packs. One smaller than the other.

These were sent USPS priority mail and made it the ~1200 mile journey in under 48hrs.

That again blew away FedEx's 2-day that was actually more like 60hrs total time.

I am kind of hooked on this mail order thing. Aside from the frozen block DOAs, I haven't had any losses and the fish I've gotten are young, but look and act good and are healthy. I can't say that for most of my LFS stock.
 
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