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ThatGuyWithTheFish 12-09-2012 12:02 AM

Shipping fish--priority or express?
 
I'm looking into buying some Corydoras habrosus, but I'm not sure which shipping option to get. I would prefer to get the priority, considering it's $20 less, but does anyone have any experience with shipping/receiving fish through priority mail?

jkan0228 12-09-2012 12:48 AM

I've shipped fish across the country (to Virginia) priority and it was a 100% live arrival.

biggerbang 12-09-2012 01:49 AM

I've purchased endler's and they were shipped from Florida to Massachusetts via priority and all six survived. Just be wary of your weather. If it's cold out, ask for heat packs.

Crob5965 12-09-2012 01:55 AM

I have had good luck with guppies and plecos VIA Priority but i'm 0-3 with Angels so I guess I would pay the extra in the future

Fdsh5 12-09-2012 01:57 AM

Cories are sensitive to water parameters. I would only do priority if it was close to me.

secuono 12-09-2012 02:04 AM

I've shipped and gotten fish via priority, few issues. But if they are pricy fish, then just cave and spend the extra $20.

ThatGuyWithTheFish 12-09-2012 02:42 AM

They're not expensive at $3 each. And I'm not out of home for long so I can always get the package in an hour or two after it arrives. And I thought cories were pretty hardy?

mitchfish9 12-09-2012 05:18 AM

Like others have mentioned just ask for heat packs and it will probably be fine as long as its not all the way across the country. Although I have only done overnight/express because I split orders with a friend.

Rob in Puyallup 12-09-2012 05:42 AM

Heat packs and pray either way.


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somewhatshocked 12-09-2012 01:45 PM

Another thing to consider is the time of year. With the onslaught of holiday shipping, Priority packages can take longer and longer to reach their destination. Many sellers will only ship Express or over night this time of year because of that.

Personally, I'm not sure how anyone has the patience to wait 2-3 days (can take 5-7) for critters shipped Priority.

wkndracer 12-09-2012 02:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Fdsh5 (Post 2103908)
Cories are sensitive to water parameters. I would only do priority if it was close to me.

Quote:

Originally Posted by somewhatshocked (Post 2104182)
Another thing to consider is the time of year. With the onslaught of holiday shipping, Priority packages can take longer and longer to reach their destination. Many sellers will only ship Express or over night this time of year because of that.

Personally, I'm not sure how anyone has the patience to wait 2-3 days (can take 5-7) for critters shipped Priority.

Actually long distance is my preferred for priority shipping.
Fla to the North or far West is a flight on the same plane right next to the express packages. 2 days to Washington State and SoCal several times.
Holiday season shipping is always a nightmare.

secuono 12-09-2012 03:22 PM

Ohhh, holiday season! No, I wouldn't buy anything live right now...I'd wait until a couple weeks into January.

james1542 12-09-2012 04:34 PM

I remember hearing that the "express" option is no longer guaranteed to get there any faster than priority.

With fish this small, in breather bags, they should be just fine priority, I've gotten some pretty sensitive species through priority mail-all just fine.

Centromochlus 12-09-2012 04:36 PM

If you want to ship over night, I've found FedEx to be the most reliable in terms of getting the package to the recipient on time.

somewhatshocked 12-09-2012 04:43 PM

USPS Express packages have a guaranteed delivery time. If it's not delivered by the next day, you can file a claim for a shipping refund.

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Originally Posted by james1542 (Post 2104332)
I remember hearing that the "express" option is no longer guaranteed to get there any faster than priority.



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