We have a new 125 gallon tank that we are systematically stocking. My fiance has had fish tanks for years, this is my first one so I'm on a steep learning curve. After purchasing some tiger bards to start the setup/cycling of our tank we moved on to our main goal...Lake Malawi Cichlids. We purchased 3 at a local fish shop and then after more cycling of the tank we were ready for our first large grouping of fish. After much thought to which fish to buy and research into the best places to buy we settled on Live Fish Direct. We ordered 15 fish from them and immediately found out there was an issue with our delivery date. Live Fish Direct contacted me and worked diligently to find a delivery date that would work with my schedule so I could be here when the new fish arrived. I was so excited to see our new fish and bummed I might miss them entering the tank. Live Fish Direct went the extra mile to help us solve the problem and I'm grateful. Even better...when the fish arrived we were beyond pleased with the group. We will definitely continue to buy from Live Fish Direct due to their large selection, fantastic 3customer service and good pricing!
I have ordered fish from LFD now three times and all three times have been very pleased with their product and service. Just took advantage of a free shipping promotion and received 4 show quality adult male Haps that take my breath away. My tank is now truly a show tank thanks to this order and the previous ones from LFD. No doubt the most attractive fish in my tank came from Them. If I was starting a new tank today I would just stock it from LFD right out of the shoot. Josh is great to deal with and the website is so friendly to use. Highly recommend this company for your fish stocking needs.
First time buying fish online and while I was a little apprehensive I couldn't be happier. I bought 20 mbuna under the "Pseudotropheus Assorted Malawi Mbuna Mix" heading. To stock a new 55G. Josh picked me some beauties and exactly what I wanted. Super healthy and vibrant. 1.25"+ size.
Ordered on a Thursday morning and they arrived the following morning.
I specifically emailed before I placed my online order to ask Josh if it was possible to not receive any albinos - not my thing. He got back to me within the hour and said NP.
It sucks to pay shipping but you can't avoid it, and when you average the cost out over what you buy you are still paying below LFS and it's easier, the fish are better IMHO from our LFS. I love to support the LFS but man you can't beat the quality, price, or selection at Live Fish Direct. Never-mind the connivence!. Recommend 100%.
I'm now eyeing a "sell off" for my 135G so I can re-stock it with Josh's beauties.
I wanted Cynotilapia sp. "Hara Gallireya Reef" & they had a picture of the Cyno "Hara Gallireya Reef"; but had a dubious/misleading name as follows: "Cynotilapia Sp. "Hara" Gallireya Reef white top afra hara" . The fish I actually recieved were Cyno. Afra Metangula.
Although the mix up happened, all I had to do was email Josh & he explained that they had just moved/reorganized some breeding colonies around & he would update the picture. Josh really stepped up with excellent customer service, making it right & a positive experience ! Top notch customer service, I won't hesitate to continue ordering again !!
Lots of positive feedback on the forum. Here's my experience. I wanted an all new male hap and peacock show tank. I set up a new 125g and did my homework. Forget the LFS, and I've searched the Internet. I saved so much time and money going to Live Fish Direct. I dealt with 1 person (Brian) via phone and emails. The process was seem less and stress free. I have 30 different male Haps and peacocks, alive, well, and beautiful in my 125. This was a no brainier, I could not have accomplish that any easier.
"Beautiful, healthy fish - amazing customer service"
This, my first online cichlid ordering experience, was top notch from start to finish. Josh and his team were very responsive (within a few hours) to emails and questions about stock. They are friendly, prompt and willing to accommodate their customers. The fish I ordered arrived (from UT to OH!) healthy, active and true to the size, sex and color specs listed on the website. The packaging - double bagged (no leakers), nicely sealed (not tied), clearly labeled, properly insulated and heated. I will be ordering again in the very near future. Form a very picky and once skeptical about ordering fish online cichlid keeper - I can honestly say that I highly recommend LFD!
The Guys are livefishdirect are awesome. They are prompt on responding to emails, they have great fish and stand by their product. I just got the most amazing Blue Orchid with a blaze that wont quit. I have been very happy. I recommend.
I was a first time online fish buyer. My LFS usually has some good fish, but I was wanting an amazing fish. I follow KGtropicals quite frequently. I was going to buy some fish from them until they no longer were selling fish. So, one day at there site I heard they were going to be partnering with Livefishdirect. So I gave them a look, and I was blown away by the fish they have. So I watched a couple of their videos on Youtube and was in contact with Josh and he was great answering my questions for me. I ended up getting a lethrinops intermedius and an ndiwe fire hap. Both fish got here an hour before expected delivery and looked amazing. I couldn't have been happier with my purchase from these guys. They definitely have a new customer, thats for sure!
After years of waiting I was finally able to start an mbuna tank. My biggest frustration was no LFS carried a species specific tanks, only mixed unsexed tanks, and I was uneasy ordering online. After much debate I bit the bullet and gave livefishdirect my business and I couldn't be happier. The Team at LFD went above and beyond to answer my question both by phone and in emails. I put in two separate orders totaling 29 mbuna and only one didn't survive the trip. LFD quickly offered to credit my account with any questions. Other then that one fish the rest are all thriving and beautiful without any problems (ICH etc...) top quality fish for-sure. LFD has my business for along as they are in business!
Ordered 3 OB's, Deep water Hap and Aristo Yellow Blaze. All Juvies asked for a pic and Josh sent them telling me the fish were small. All arrived fine the yellow Blaze was bigger than the picture, the Deep water looked splendid for his age. the OB are fine. All in all I think the fish are great and I will be ordering from him again.
I placed an online order of 4 Peacock Cichlids and they were amazing. I was shocked the rich coloring in the male Red Shoulder I ordered, very impressed with him. I will do business with them again, for sure. They packed them with care, also impressed with their vigor on arrival. I was pleased with their shipping charges as well.
I have been e-mailing them in prep for a purchase for about a month (my tank was going though a fishless cycle). Was discussing my future purchase and availablility of stock. Just one week before my tank became ready they had a sale (25% off), and by the time my cycle finished the sale was over. I told Josh "too bad I missed your sale" but still wanted the fish. He told me not to worry and gave me the sale price anyway. Well, my fish finally arrived. The fish were a little bigger then I expected (a good thing), and all came in healthy. They have been in the tank for 2 days now and are already eatting (another good thing). I will soon be setting up my next tank and I will be ordering from them again. Good Experience.
I have placed 6 orders with Live Fish Direct and they have all been fantastic. Josh and his team have taken great care of me, and the fish quality is supreme. I have 2 all male African Cichlid tanks, and have ordered large and small fish from them. Every fish has come at the size I ordered and the coloring has been phenomenal. I cannot recommend them more. Shipping is always on time and well packaged. They have worked with me in making changes after the order was placed to make sure I got exactly what I wanted. I will not hesitate to use them for all my future purchases.
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