stress coat-- I am definately not an expert but it seems like a lot of people on this forum recommend it, and I figured it couldn't hurt. I usually use Primd but decided to try Stress Coat this time, plus the IALs.
I'm sure Falcor will be fine. You don't have freezing cold weather down there and your mailman are different and with any luck, competent. I still cannot believe how they handled the package and treated us. Ugh. Is "FRAGILE. LIVE ANIMALS" not clear to them? Apparently not, because they mistreated it so badly that a bag broke (flooding the box and deactivating a heat pack). So what did they do? They threw it in a giant plastic bag with a generic apology on it. As you can tell, I am still bitter about my first and last cp experience. But Sy, the likelihood of the same thing happening to Falcor is low. Don't worry to much. Get some sleep tonight please! Yea, Alberta has a really strong betta community but like Sy said, we're all spread out. Meh, maybe one day we'll get an ibc chapter.
Just wanted to add to what catwoman was saying about the sooner you get your fish the better.
So true!!! I have never imported before but I got these guys over nighted to me and they had barely lost any coloring, no tail biting, ate straight away, and acclimated very well.
Every other time I have used priority to get my fish in. Generally it takes 3 days, but can and has taken 5-6 days before. I have only ever had 1 package DOA and that was in the dead of winter, but generally I do recieve fish that are incredibly stressed. About 30% show up having tail-bit and about 75% show up with heavy color loss and take a long time to acclimate to their new environment.
So basically, I'm trying to attest to the fact that you should always do the fastest method you can afford. If you can only afford priority, chances are you will still get live and healthy fish, but express gives you vibrant, active, and as relaxed of fish as you can get after being shipped in a dark box in a small amount of water.
Hung sends them overnight if possible, as I understand it. Mine's priority, but should be here tomorrow (2 dsys travel). Which is fast for CP, but I wasnt given a choice. He just sent it =\.
Anyways, I know I 'm prlly over-reacting cuz your story has me anxious, Matt. And i've dealt with cp before, and no one will be at the house tomorrow ( tho there is a clearly marked wooden box with a blanket for packages) and.... In my experience its when no one physically answers the door, FedEx and CP have both given me the run around. Not every time, but...