I see that you would prefer if they weren't shipped but these people sell quality products. I was pleased/w the live scuds I bought from them and now they hav a colony of them in my tank. The size of the ones they sell don't get over about 5/16 inch so not harmful to shrimp or fish or plants like the larger ones are.
I have also gotten a fairly good deal on mixed daphnia from e-bay.
For those you need to set up a container with RO or distilled water as they don't breed
in dechlorinated tap water much. PM me if yu want the link to the seller that I bought from on e-bay.
The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line...in the opposite direction...