So about 2 weeks ago I lost my beloved female betta Stella to tumors. I had her for 2 and half years so I know she lived a good life. This past weekend, I finally cleaned the hospital tank and her tank and set it back up and checked to make sure it is still cycled (which it is).
I've been battling with the idea of buying a fish from Aquabid for a while. I usually buy from local fish stores (an occasionally petco) in NYC. However, they always seem to lack good females and I do really want to have another female. I have a few concerns though.
1) Money isn't exactly a concern for me when it comes to my fish, but how much does it cost in total - cost of fish, and all of the shipping - to get a fish from Aquabid (ie, how much have you spent in the past). Just so i have an idea.
2) Which transhipers have you used. I do not want to use Linda. I am in NYC so someone that is on the east coast is preferred.
3) which sellers do you like?
4) Do i have to have the fish sent USPS from the transhipper to me? this is my main concern. The NYC USPS are total idiots and constantly loose packages. I had plants that never came to my apartment even though the tracking said "delivered" (i was home all day and never left my apartment, even for 5 minutes). They recently lost my rent check. I've had clothes that never arrived but the tracking said delivered, etc. If i am going to order a fish then I would prefer it be send by UPS or Fedex. I will totally pay for the extra costs. Would a transhipper do this?
The only other option I have is sending the fish to my parents house in CT and then me taking the fish back to NYC via a 40 min car ride and then a two hour train ride and 20 minute cab ride. I would REALLY not want to do this since i would involve me taking off work. Or risk it with USPS....
Thanks so much