You guys really got me seriously considering it! I looked into the breather bags. They are almost $1 each now. Plus, the benefit of them is you don't have to have air in the bag (less sloshing) EXCEPT for air-breathing fish like cories, so that wouldn't work for me. How do people do insulated boxes--do you get something already as a unit (molded styro in custom-fit cardboard) and if so do you order that online or are there some local sources? Or do you just construct your own by cutting styro to fit in whatever cardboard box? Ughh, starting to sound like work... I found online where one shipper does the tracking so he knows to the minute when the package is delivered, and any DOAs are void unless he gets an email within 2 hrs of delivery. That email must include a photo of the DOA in the unopened bag and another, out of bag, with the tail cut off. Gruesome, but I guess he must have had people sending still photos of live fish as if they were dead? Again, starting to sound like work, lol!
Moose, thanks for the tip on Fairmount. Unfortunately, it'd probably cost me more in gas to get there than I'd make on fish, as Bushkill said earlier. And store credit is not so nice as cash! Oh, I don't have any trouble keeping the vesuvius parents down--my problem is with the runners wanting to grow up and out at ~45o angle. The only place they aren't doing that is under a spotlight, so maybe it is a lower light thing? Not sure about your parent plants though. Maybe they are tasty and one of your residents is pulling them up? Maybe try running the roots sideways with a small rock over them, at least until they take hold.