Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Gainesville, FL
Any LFS or farms in FL that ship to hobbyists?
I'm considering a large order of some fish that aren't super typical but aren't super rare either. I've been looking at online vendors, but it seems most I find (e.g. Wetspot) are a bit far away from FL and I'm paranoid about shipping anything but express...which ends up costing almost as much as the order itself. Places like Aquabid also become expensive trying to buy from multiple sellers all at once.
Weather also concerns me as it's still fairly warm here but not so much the more north you get. I've done shipping in less than ideal weather before, but if I'm going to drop $100+ on fish, I want it to go as smooth as possible. Which is why, ideally, I'd like to keep it in state or at least restricted to the south east.
I've tried searching through Google but I'm coming up empty. Looking specifically for T. espei, T. pumila, A. sidthimunki, Apistogrammas (trifasciata or borellii possibly) among others that I haven't totally decided on. So nothing extremely rare, but things my LFS doesn't seem to ever have in stock. And yes, I have considered asking them to special order but that can also take time and I'm not exactly their biggest fan right now.
In an ideal world I'd have the time to take a trip down to maybe Orlando or Tampa to check out stores there, but I don't. So I'm hoping there's a Floridian on TPT that knows of some FL based vendors that have good and varied stock and are willing to ship to hobbyists. I know the state has some huge farms, but obviously I'm not interested in wholesale.
Thanks in advance!