Originally Posted by Adelheidi
Semi off-topic, but how do Betas get shipped? I thought it was illegal to ship live animals through the mail (similarly, I was wondering how they got to the pet stores in the first place).
Yeah its still difficult to do because of customs in some countries... I don't think its so hard for individuals importing live fish as a business (such as pet stores or people who run fish importing businesses out of their home) but for the individual its hard to sort it all out with customs.
Thats why on fish auctions sellers often list a 'transshipper' for a few of the major countries such as Canada, Germany, Australia, Britain so that fish coming from the US or Thailand is sent with other people (who are from the same country)'s purchases and then shipped from the transshipper's house out to the buyers.