Shipping is pretty standard - express or priority, but no DOA guarantee for priority. I paid for express with a heat pack. Tony did mention that when they have really cold temps in MN (which happens alot) they cannot ship till it warms up into the 30s/40s.
The shipping is not any more then you'd pay for transhipping one off Aquabid. But AB ends up being significantly more expensive due to the price of the bettas on there and the extra fees for importing and shipping from Thailand.
I grow plants underwater.