Priority mail shipments will resume on Jan 2nd.

FAQ's

Q: Shipping

A: We ship through UPS for any overnight shipments and USPS Priority Mail for the 2-3 day shipments. We normally use Priority mail for the FREE SHIPPING AT $49.00 that we offer. If you chose UPS Overnight, then we will ship it for a flat rate of $34.95 or $24.95 if you purchase $49.00 or more. 

 

Q: Shipping days

A: We ship Monday through Thursday with UPS Overnight and Monday through Wednesday with Priority Mail. "Overnight shipping" refers only to the method by which the package carrier will deliver your fish. We generally ship the first shipping day after you place your order. If you need an order delivered on a specific day, send me a message and we will do our best to take care of you. 

Q: How do you prepare my order for shipping? Will they live three days in the box?

A: Your fish will be professionally bagged with oxygen, an ammonia remover, and a mild sedative in a heavy duty, professional fish packing bag. We use a non-toxic, recycled packing material to cushion and prevent bags from moving around much in shipping and it also acts as an adsorbent in case a small amount of water leaks during shipping. When necessary, we add heat packs to your order to keep them warm if they are traveling through colder areas. The sedative we use may affect different fish in your order in different ways. Some fish may look and act normal as soon as they are put into your tank while others will be very sluggish and almost completely sedated. All fish should be back to their normal state by the next morning. Your fish can easily survive the three-day trip or even longer as long as the post office or UPS keep them indoors during the trip and out of the cold or hot weather. 

Q: How are your fish measured?

A: We measure all fish tip of nose to tip of tail unless stated otherwise in the description. 

Q: I have existing fish in my tank, I am worried they will attack the new fish. What should I do?

If you have fish that are already established in your tank that may be aggressive towards their new tank mates the time to address this is right before adding your new fish. In most cases, you can do a minor rearranging of the tank to confuse the established fish. You can put the rocks, driftwood, etc. back to suit you the next day. Open bags after they have acclimated for temperature and pour through a net over a bucket or sink. Do not add any bag water to your tank! If you have established fish, take the fish in the net and slide it down the front glass to the bottom of the tank and then release it. The fish in your tank are used to food coming from the top so releasing the new ones near the bottom won’t draw as much attention in the tank.

 Q: If you have a problem with your order.

A: We inspect all fish prior to shipping to ensure they are healthy and free of defects. We photograph all orders prior to packing in the box so we can reference it if we need to.  Sometimes during the shipping process, unusual issues may occur that can affect the health of the fish. If you have an issue or have lost a fish in shipping, contact me as soon as you have taken care of your other fish. Our e-mail is: david@tampabaycichlids.com. Please provide a clear picture of the fish in question when you contact us. It will also be helpful for you to provide me with your order number (top of invoice) when you e-mail us as it makes it much quicker to look up your order. We guarantee at a minimum to provide credit for a future order but we normally replace any problem fish with a new one at no cost to you. If we ship a replacement, it will be shipped via Priority Mail. Although there should never be any reason for a customer to file a chargeback on a credit card, Amazon, or Paypal, if you feel the need to go that route this is our procedure for handling them. If you dispute a payment to us, any charges that are incurred will be invoiced to you. We require all items purchased on that transaction returned to us, there will be no exceptions to this no matter how the dispute is settled with the exception of you withdrawing the dispute. If we do not reach an agreement regarding a dispute, the dispute is found in your favor,  and all items have not been returned to us, you will be invoiced for all original charges. In addition, any fee's incurred from the dispute and a $25.00 administrative fee for invoices under $100.00 or a $45.00 administrative fee for orders over $100.00 will be applied. Any unpaid invoice will be charged a 2.5% a month late fee for the first 90 days and on or after day 91 the invoice will be considered to be in default and will be turned over to credit reporting agencies, our collection agency, or may be filed in a lawsuit at the Hillsborough County Clerk of Court in Tampa, FL.

Q: What should I do before I order my fish?

A: It is always best to research the fish you are buying to make sure you provide them the best environment possible. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions. david@tampabaycichlids.com

Q: I just received my fish and they do not look like the pictures on the website. 

A: This is why it's important for you to do your research prior to ordering. Most pictures are taken with adult fish who are showing their maximum color and size potential. Any fish that was just shipped will be stressed. Allow a week or more for the fish to acclimate to their new environment - they will color up as they mature if they are supposed too. 

Q: Do you ship to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico?

A: Yes. We ship to Alaska via UPS Overnight. You will need to contact us and we will get a shipping quote for you. As a rule, UPS overnight is not that expensive based on the fact so many time-critical parts are shipped to Alaska for the fishing, mining, and oil industries.

Hawaii requires you to jump through some hoops to get fish from the mainland. They require you to get an agricultural permit to import fish. You can find more info about that here: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/pi/pq/travel-shipping-information/importing-animals-to-hawai%CA%BBi-from-the-u-s-mainland/

We ship to Puerto Rico via USPS and usually takes two to three days. The total shipping cost to Puerto Rico is $15.00.

Q: Do you raise your own fish?

A: We raise approximately half the fish we sell. We do purchase fish from a few "trusted" breeders to round out our inventory. There is a few fish we offer on regular basis that we pick up from a local fish importer. 

 

 

Q: What kind of water are your fish raised in?

A: We produce and keep our fish in well water that has been aged and has a pH of 7.9-8.0 and a temperature of 80 degrees. We have approximately 200 ppm hardness with the vast majority of that calcium hardness. This works for approximately 98% of the tap water in the US.

Q: What acclimation procedure should I do when my fish arrive?

A: We only recommend on method and 20 years of experience doing what we do proves it works.  Float the unopened bags in the aquarium for 10-15 minutes to acclimate the fish to the tank’s temperature.  Open bags after they have acclimated for temperature and pour through a net over a bucket or sink. Do not add any bag water to your tank! I can not stress enough, this is the best acclimation procedure to use and the only one we will guarantee your fish with. 

Q: Can you get me a fish that is not on your list?

A: I know and deal with many fish farmers, fish wholesalers, and importers. If it's available, there is a good chance I can make a few phone calls and find it. Contact me. 

Q: Where are you located?

A: We are in Riverview FL, just outside of Tampa. We are a working fish facility so we do not keep regular hours. We welcome visitors and customers in the area by appointment.