Why Buy Aquarium Fish Online
Break the Fear of Buying Aquarium Fish Online
When I first got introduced to the hobby of keeping tropical aquarium fish I would never have considered that the option of having live fish shipped to my door overnight would have ever been a reality. Now it is just that. Live tropical fish can be packaged specially and shipped overnight directly to the home of the person who ordered the fish. It has become possible to order just about anything online.
So naturally when I found out about this option for buying aquarium fish I had many questions. The first and biggest question was about the health of the fish being shipped. I was able to answer this question by doing some research and visiting a local aquarium fish breeder who ships the fish to customers. They solve the problem of keeping the fish in good health during shipping by shipping everything priority overnight and using special packing methods to protect the fish during shipping. Sometimes Fish do arrive to the customer sick or even dead. In these situations the customer is shipped a replacement fish without question.
My next question was about cost. I was sure that shipping priority overnight would have to be pretty pricey and I discovered that it is on the expensive side. The aquarium fish breeders made adjustments to allow for them to cover the cost of shipping and still get a pretty good price for their customers. Their answer was a flat rate shipping charge. Customers get the same shipping price if they order one fish or one hundred fish. So for the person ordering one fish it ends up being pretty expensive but by ordering ten, twenty or more the customer gets the same shipping charge and can get bulk order discounts.
So that answered my questions and I determined that ordering tropical fish online is a great way to buy aquarium fish if you order in bulk. If you are looking to buy an individual fish then the shipping cost might not justify ordering online.
Buying Tropical Fish Direct from Breeders
When I buy tropical aquarium fish in a pet store I have a certain methodology I practice for finding the best fish. It is wise to observe the fish in the tank at the store and look for any signs of illness. The last thing anyone wants to bring a new fish home only to watch it stop eating and die with in a couple of days. I never let a pet store employee just select o fish for me from the tank but rather I observe how the fish look and behave then choose one I feel is showing signs of being healthy.
The advantage of buying fish directly from a breeder is that the fish are a lot more healthy than the ones available in a pet store. This is because the ones in the pet store have come from a breeder somewhere and have gone through the stress related with being shipped already. When I buy from a breeder the fish goes from one fish tank to another with no stops imbetween. It is just out of the breeder's tank and in to my home aquarium.
The best reason then for buying tropical fish directly from a breeder is that the fish will be more healthy.