Live Shipping Arrival Guarantee
The fish are guaranteed to arrive healthy and alive on the first delivery attempt when you (or your representative) are present to take delivery from the mail carrier.
Endlers are amazingly hardy, so shipping fatalities / dead on arrival (DOA) are extremely rare. However, in the unlikely event of a DOA fish, send The Endler Shop details of the situation & clear digital photos within an hour of delivery and a refund for losses will be issued. Details of the necessary photos will be in the shipping & tacking notification we send when the package ships.
Young adult fish (5-8weeks old) are ussually shipped. The 5-8 week old males & females are at breeding age or are within 1-2 weeks of breeding. Also, non gravid females are likely not gravid due to age, so are not guaranteed as not gravid. Gravid females are usually within 1-2 weeks of dropping fry.
Plants / fish-food only (no fish): $5 flat rate for continental USA.
Plants only (no fish) do not ship when "low" temperatures in your area are below 45°F, or “high” temperatures are over 90°F. The shipment will be delayed until weather permits.
USPS First Class: Arrives in 2-5 days
Shipping days: Saturday & Monday. This avoids having the package get stuck at the post office over a weekend.
Acclimating Your Fish & Plants
Once your fish arrive, you'll need to acclimate them to their new tank's water parameters. The best method to acclimate your fish is the Drip Acclimation Method (see below). Once they have been acclimated and introduced into your tank, please feed asap, since in preparation for shipping, they are not fed for 1 day. With shipping time, this can be 2-4 days of no food.
Please note, shipping will blanch males a bit and both sexes may initially only pick at their food. This is pretty usual for about a week or so. After they have fully acclimated to their new environment, the males will display full color and feeding will be vigorous. Keeping them on a regular schedule (light, feeding, etc..) also helps in quick acclimation.
The Drip Acclimation Method: The concept is to drip the existing water from your tank (the tank the fish will live in), into a container with the new fish (and the water the fish came in). This allows the water chemistry to slowly change, reducing shock and fatalities. Directions:
Here is a more detailed description, using water directly from the tank instead of a separate container: eHow - How To Aclimate New Fish
"A fish is the movement of water embodied and given shape."