So I have a possible line on more 2.5 to 5 gallon tanks because, darn it, I'm hooked before I even HAVE a betta in my tank! My community tank should done cycling soonish, then I am going to try a betta in there once my 2.5 gallon arrives in the mail and cycles (in case I have to move him due to the community not getting along). If he gets along well, I'll need another betta to put in the 2.5 gallon. If not, I want another tank to put another betta in. LOL!
So I ADORE plakats. Seriously, I think they are just the most beautiful bettas. The selection of plakats at my LFS is sparse, however, as the CTs, DTs, and HMs sell better. I don't mind getting a HM for a single tank, but I really want a couple of plakats.
My question is, how reliable is shipping? Do they usually arrive alive and in good condition if the person is an experienced shipper? As the receiver, is there anything I should know or do to help the betta deal with the stress of being shipped? I'm still not 100% sure about shipping, but I want to leave my options open.