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  1. Bluegrass Aquatics online fish purchase vendor review I had never bought an on-line fish before. I typed in Aquabid.com and found this ad: Red Ryukin Goldfish - Regular 2 - 2.5 inches Here is the marketing photo from their Ryukin Ad This photo is of the type of fish I’ve been trying to purchase. Basicallly what I call a Fantail. I'd prefer more red than orange, and no big hump. Some white is okay. I haven’t been able to find any fantails that look like this locally. So I purchased 3 of these Red Ryukins off the photo from Bluegrass Aquatics, hoping they’d look like the picture, but requesting a photo/video. They were $12 each, plus $50 shipping. I would have preferred that I could have seen a photo/video of each fish that I was purchasing. I did request this via email, but it turned out to be wishful thinking. Vendor gets an F/ fail for not photo-documenting the fish that they’re selling, even after a request. Am I expected to believe that my fish will look so similar to the one in the picture that BA doesn’t have to bother to document what they’re actually selling? You can compare the ones I actually received to their marketing photo above later in this review. The night my fish shipped there were airport-closing thunderstorms in Memphis. This happens to be a major FedEx hub location and I was more than a little concerned about the shipment. I was preparing for them to be all dead, you know? I was prepared for the worst…..but I had faith and anticipated the outcome I wanted. Bluegrass Aquatics gets a solid A / excellent for shipping. That package went from Florida to northern California in 16 hours. It left their location about 5 pm, and was in my hands the next day in the middle of nowhere Northern California at 10:30AM. Perhaps I’m also giving FedEx my stellar review here, but I was so relieved and impressed to receive them so quickly. Bluegrass Aquatics are a bit stealthy about using FedEx to ship live fish. B- minus / above average for packing No leaks, but the bags were small and not containing much water per fish – about 200g/1.5 cups H2Oper fish. All 3 fish had been sedated and did not seem at all stressed upon arrival. Fish quality. You be the judge. On the Pro side: I’ve had the fish for 2 weeks. They are active with no signs of disease or swim bladder disorder. They’re in the pond and swimming very strong and deep. I still find a white stringy poo (?) from one of them. They are friendly and get along amongst themselves and all of the other pond fish. Summary: Overall the biggest objection I have with this purchase was that I’m buying “blind.” If I could have seen the fish first, I’m not sure that I would have completed the purchase, mainly because I was looking for a “type”. That said, the fish arrived very quickly and are both healthy and active, with no swim bladder disorder, Ich or other problems. Fish #1 Stanley 20 grams 2” nose to peduncle tail not fully split Fish #2 Lasagna 19 grams 2.12” nose to peduncle initial dorsal fin spine broken Fish #3 Fuse Tail fused and not fullly split
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