Well... I feel bad about ratting her out, but Julie Tran in San Jose. I am debating whether to use her again because she is the closest to me. But the next time I plan on driving down to get him, I cannot drive to anyone else. This last time I couldn't becuase it was my best friend's birthday and I could hear the shock and hurt in her voice when I said I might miss it for a fish (I guess some people don't understand the obsession
I guess it is par for the course about the wc, becuase the transhipper could then be responsible for the death of the fish if the parameters are too different. I just assumed that since I was paying over $30 for shipping and she is 3 hours away that it was same day rush or something, but I guess that is not the case.
I don't mean to insinuate it was her fault, I do feel that since there were parasites in the fish as well, the breeder was not the best. Perhaps the water wasn't as pristine as it could be and I stupidly did not test the levels before removing him (I actually paid someone watching my house have to acclimate him, something I definitely regret giving better instructions on) I was just trying to find out what is the standard shipping practices.
Also I was surprised to find that there were no indications on the package that it contained a live animal. Even when I have plants shipped to me they indicate there is a live plant. I can understand not labeling from another country or out of state so it doesn't get embroiled in customs, but shouldn't it be labeled? It was over 90 degrees that day in both our cities and no cold pack.
Anyway I would contact your transhipper and make sure to explain which shipping method you would like. In my case it cost like $5 more to get it a day faster and I thought that was a no brainer, but it wasn't presented to me as an option from the start, I had to ask.
Also if you are having either warm or cold weather ask for an appropriate pack. Again it might cost extra, but your transhipper may not offer it without your asking. I think she was used to more experienced aquabidders and had a big shipment because she first asked "you are getting 7 right?" and I only got one.
I have heard great things about Linda and Jennifer so if you got them I think you are in good hands.
Whatever you do, I wouldn't regret your decision and don't mean to cause you alarm. He is the one in your avatar yes? He is a beaut!
And I am sure you will love him.