Find the answer to all of your questions right here. We have provided detailed information that should cover any question or issue that may arise from the point of browsing all the way to order receiving. If you have questions that aren't covered here, please call 772-462-0203, chat via the link on our home page, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can further assist you. Please check us out on Facebook and search our Forum for detailed information.
Q. How do I place an order online?
A. After you create a shopping account and login using your email address and password,
fill your shopping cart and check out entirely, in which an order number will be
issued and a confirmation email will be sent.Q. How do I create an account to place an order?
A Click the “New Customer” link on the right hand side of the main website page located
in the “Sign In” area. Fill out the requested information and click save.Q. Do you offer Wholesale Accounts?
A. No. We are not currently offering Wholesale Accounts. However, our prices are
usually at wholesale prices or lower.Q. Do you accept Cash, Purchase Orders, Money orders, Checks, or non-US credit cards?
A. No. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. We do not accept
international Credit Cards. All transactions occur through our secure server.
Q. Can I use two different credit cards for the same order such as a credit card
and a Visa gift card?
A. No. Only one form of payment is accepted per order.Q. How do I know if an item is available or out of stock?
A. If you are able to place the item in your cart, it is available. If it is unavailable,
it will say “Waiting List”. Our inventory system is in real time so even if the
marine life is in your cart it will not be removed from inventory until you check
out. It will be available for sale to others until you check out entirely and an
order number is issued. Q. What does Waiting List mean?
A. Waiting List is a feature where you can input your email address and we will
automatically email you when the item is back in stock.Q. When items are back in stock, Can I have the sale price?
A. Prices change regularly and we cannot guarantee that the price will be the same
when it is back in stock. Sizes change and prices may be lower or higher. We do
not offer rain checks. Prices remain the price paid at the time of purchase.Q. Can I place an order by phone?
A. We do accept phone orders. You will need to go online and set up a Saltwaterfish.com
shopping account before placing a phone order. Then call the phone number on our
home page. 772-462-0203.Q. I had items in my cart and when I was ready to checkout, it said the items were
no longer available. Why?
A. Unlike other sites, ours operates in real time inventory. Items aren’t held for
you until you complete checkout entirely and an order number is issued. That way
it is fair for everyone shopping and items aren’t sitting in carts indefinitely.Q. Can locals pick out and pick up orders to save on shipping?
All sales are online and all packages are shipped.Q. Do you ship to Hawaii, Canada or Puerto Rico?
A. No. We do not ship to Hawaii, Canada or Puerto Rico. We ship within the continental USA
and Alaska.Q. Do you offer the ability to do a group buy for a reef club for example?
A. Please contact our customer support for more info.Q. Are there any discounts offered for large orders that aren’t visible on the website?
A. Please contact our customer support for more info.Q. I have placed an order and would like to add to it, change it, or cancel. How do I do
A. You must contact us by chat, email or phone, and let us know what is to be changed. Providing
consent, we will charge the card on file or send a PayPal payment request for the
balance if necessary. Advance notice is required for any cancels, additions or changes.Q. I can’t remember my password. What do I do?
A. Click the password reminder link entitled ‘forgot password’ in the ‘Sign In’
section of the home page on the right side. An email will be sent to you with the
reminder.Q. How can I be sure that the item I order is going to look exactly like the photo
shown for reference?
A. The photo provided is a representation of the species. For fish and invertebrates,
there is very little variance of color and the fish/invert will look like the photo
once it has settled into your aquarium. For corals, there can be many color variations
for the exact same species. If you are looking for something very specific, please
shop from the WYSIWYG area. (WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET) The WYSIWYG area contains exact items
where you will receive the exact item pictured.SHIPPING:Q. Shipping status, What does it mean?
A. New- not shipping today. Processing- shipping today. Shipped- shipped, see tracking
in account and expect a tracking email.Q. What carrier options are there?
A. All Marine Life orders are shipped by FedEx for overnight delivery to your door.
We use FedEx exclusively. Supplies orders are shipped by UPS Ground or are drop
shipped from the manufacturer.Q. Do you ship anywhere outside the U.S.A. ?
A. We ship to all U.S. states except Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.Q. Can you ship to my zip code?
A. Yes. We can ship to every zip code for any state in the U.S. that FedEx provides
service to, except for Hawaii.Q. What time will my package be delivered?
A. Deliveries should occur any time before 3:30 PM. You may upgrade to Priority
delivery for $6.99 which ensures delivery by 10:30 in most areas.Q. My package seems to be delayed and your office is closed. What can I do?
A. Please contact FedEx directly at 1800GOFEDEX and provide them with your tracking
number. You can make special arrangements if necessary.Q. Do I have to sign for it?
A. We ship with no signature requirement. FedEx will leave your package at the most
visible door to them. If you have special instructions for FedEx, please leave a
note on the most visible door. We can’t guarantee that all requests can be accommodated,
so please check the tracking on your delivery date.Q. Will FedEx knock on my door or place the package inside for me?
A. FedEx may not always knock or follow your specific requests. Please leave a note
on your door with any special requests.Q. What is the cut-off time for same day shipping?
A. The cut off-time for same day shipping is 7:30a.m. EST. Q. How do I know what day my package will be delivered?
A. We ship packages in the order received. If you need a specific delivery date,
there is a calendar on the second page of check out where you can select your desired
delivery date. We generally ship the day after you order for delivery on the following
day. You can review your order confirmation email which specifies the delivery date.Q. How can I be sure my package has been shipped?
A. You will receive a tracking email the evening that the order is shipped. You
can also track the order from within the link in your account.Q. Can I have my package held for pick up at FedEx?
A. Yes. The location must specifically be a “FedEx Ship Center”. These are the only
locations that hold live animals. During checkout you will be asked if you would
like your order held at FedEx. If you select this option, a list of FedEx hold locations
will pop up and you can choose the most convenient location. This is a great, free
service which we highly recommend. Q. Will FedEx contact me when my package is ready for pick up or has been delivered?
A. No. It is your responsibility to track the package. You can set yourself up for
delivery notification by following the instructions on the FedEx website.Q. What is the cost to ship to my zip code?
A. Shipping charges are the same for everyone except Alaska customers.
See our shipping page for shipping costs in detail. Q. What is the charge for shipping supplies to my door?
A. There is a tiered shipping rate for
Supplies and anything over $75 ships for free via UPS ground service. There are no expedite options available. Q. Why is there a $9.99 packing charge on my order?
A. The $9.99 is a packaging charge and it applies to all orders. It pays for the
styrofoam box, cardboard box, heating or cooling packs as required.Q. What day’s do you ship/deliver on?
A. We ship Monday through Friday for deliveries Tuesday through Saturday. Saturday
is $15 extra. Q. I won’t be home when my package is delivered. Is it okay for it to sit outside
until I get home?
A. We suggest that you be home, have someone home, or ship the package to someone
who can bring it inside. The guarantee starts when the package is delivered, so
the sooner the marine life is acclimated, the better.
Q. What if I need to change my order or have it shipped same day?
A. RUSH Shipping and Order Changes for Marine Life Orders:
This applies ONLY to orders that have begun the processing stage of shipping.
Special arrangements can be made for RUSH Shipping and order changes.
Contact our customer service staff for any changes to be made to an
order that requires same day shipping or an immediate order change. The
cut off time for this is 3pm EST. A $25 fee will apply.GUARANTEE:Q. My package just arrived and I have something that did not survive. What do I
A. If you have completed the acclimation process and have determined the item is
not alive, please log into your account and submit a guarantee request form and
upload a photo of the item out of the bag and out of water. You must complete the
guarantee process up to the point where a claim number is issued for the guarantee
to be activated, and the claim recorded. Please see the guarantee policy for detailed
guarantee information. To access your guarantee request area, log in to your account and click on ‘my guarantee request’ and follow the prompts.Q. The website is giving me errors and I am unable to submit the claim via the online
form. What do I do?
A. If you are using a mobile device, it may not be supported by our system. Use
a computer to submit the guarantee claim. If you are not able to submit the claim
properly with photos attached, send an email to email@example.com immediately
and include the photos for your claim. They MUST show items out of the bags and
out of water.Q. How long does it take for me to get money back for deceased items claimed within
5 hours of delivery?
A. It can take up to a week for the funds to be available on your end. The guarantee
process takes a few days and then processing the refund takes banks a day or two.Q. I’m supposed to have store credit for a claim I submitted after the 5 hour doa
period. Where can I find my credit?
A. When you log into your account, the store credit balance will show front and center. It will also show up
during the checkout portion of your next order if any credits are available.
Q. I don’t plan to order any time soon. Can you refund the store credit I have?
A. No. Store credit is not transferable. It remains valid for 18 months.Q. I would like to replace the items and use my store credit. How do I do that?
A. log into your account and fill your shopping cart. Input your desired store credit
amount into discount link at checkout and the total of your purchase will be reduced
by that amount. Shipping charges will still apply unless you remain over the $149
free shipping minimum, after the credit has been applied. Q. Can I use my store credit and a promotion code?
A. Yes. Store credit
can be used
with a promotion code, however, the store credit does not count toward the promotion's marine life minimum purchase requirement. Supplies and live rock/sand are
one code may be used per order. Please see the promotion rules
for details.Q. My reef reward or Promotional freebie item died. Is it covered by the guarantee?
A. No, Free items are not covered by the guarantee.Q. My marine life item(S) are doa. Will you reship them to me for free?
A. We do not ship free replacements. You would have to finish the guarantee process
and then reorder. Q. Some of the marine life is missing in my tank. How do I submit a claim for guarantee?
A. We require a photo and claim submitted for each deceased item. No credits will
be issued for items without a photo. Q. My fish bullied and killed the new fish I bought. Do you issue credit for that?
A. We do not cover losses due to compatibility issues. Please research before ordering.Q. One of my fish is almost dead and will surely die. Can I claim it now to receive
the 5 hour refund?
A. The marine animals must be deceased to submit the claim and photo. Q. The website says my credit is expired. Does it expire?
A. Yes. Store credit expires after 18 months.Q. My spouse or friend has an account and we want to combine our credits and account
rewards to order one big order. Can we do that?
A. No. Account information cannot be transferred. It may only be used by the account
holder.MISCELLANEOUS:Q. I bought a supply item and it is the wrong size. How do I return it?
A. Only unopened, unused supply items may be returned at your expense for a full
refund less the 15% restocking fee. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an RA (return authorization) number.Q. I bought a gift certificate. Is it shipped to me or emailed to the recipient?
A. Gift certificates are emailed only. You may input your own email address or your
intended recipients email address for email delivery.Q. What are reef rewards?
A. Reef rewards are items that can be shipped for free with your next order. You
can find your reef reward points total in your account. There is a redemption link
in your account that will pull up a list of items to choose from. Points are accumulated
with each order placed.Q. What is the best method of contact when I have a problem with ordering, shipping,
tracking, or receiving?
A. The fastest way to reach us is by chatting via the link on the bottom right of our home page, emailing email@example.com, or by calling
772 462 0203.Q. Do you sell fresh water fish and plants?
A. No. We sell salt water marine life only. Many of our supply items can be used
for either fresh or salt water.Q. Do you sell aquarium salt, salt water, glass or acrylic aquariums?
A. No. We sell everything except aquariums, salt, and salt water.Q. Do you have a FaceBook page?
A. Yes. We have a Facebook Page where we share advice, info, and often have specials
and contests.Q. How can I find out about current specials and promotional offers?
A. Use the link on our home page and input your email address. You will then be
the first to know about our bi-weekly specials and our pop-up promotional offers.Q. Do you match prices of other online vendors?
A. No. Our prices are competitive and we are often running specials and promotions
that in comparison, come out to a lower cost overall.Q. What is Trustpilot?
A. Trustpilot allows our customers to read prior purchase reviews. The link can be
found on our home page. We believe in transparency and are very proud of our service,
quality and value. This is a 3rd party company that collects reviews.Q. Where can I get information on set up, maintenance, and compatibility.
A. Please see our Message Board by clicking the link at the bottom right of the home page under resources. It has
an endless amount of information for beginners to advanced level hobbyists. You
can find DIY projects and product reviews. Members are chatting 24 hours a day and
can help you when you need it.Q. What hours are you available for customer support by phone or email?
customer service supervisors work Monday-Friday from 8:00A.M.-9:00P.M. EST. Saturday 12:00P.M.-4:00P.M. EST, and Sunday 12:00P.M.-9:00P.M. EST. Q. When do you update inventory with new stock?
A. We are constantly adding marine life to inventory, so every day something new
may be available.Q. What is The Deep Blue Seas Foundation?
A. The Deep Blue Seas Foundation is a non-profit foundation established by Saltwaterfish.com
to provide scholarships to the children of the fishermen where our livestock is
collected. Please see the link on our website for details and donation info.Q. I’ve never ordered online. How do I know my information is safe?
A. We have a top rated secure server, we use the highest levels of encryption, and
credit card information is not shared or visible even to us.Q. I am trying to use PayPal and keep getting an error. What should I do?
A. Please contact PayPal directly. Your PayPal account information may have expired
or other issues may be causing the error.Q. Where does your marine life come from?
A. Bali, Indonesia, the Philippines,
the Caribbean, Sri Lanka and Hawaii among others. We also carry one of the largest
selections of aquacultured marine life in the industry.Q. What does Aqua-Cultured mean?
A. Some species are bred in captivity which means they are not wild caught. They
are usually more adapted to aquarium life and easier to keep and potentially breed.
Q. How do I apply a store credit, discount code, or a gift certificate code?
A. Simply go to the bottom of the first checkout page and enter the promotion code of your choice into the coupon box. Gift certificates and credits would be applied in the same area at the bottom of the first page of checkout. Store credits apply to marine life purchases
only and shipping charges are applied after all discounts are applied.Q. How can I manage my email subscription?
A. If you would like to be removed from our email subscription, scroll to the bottom
of the sale email and click the “unsubscribe” button. Q. The item I received is significantly larger or smaller than the item description
stated. What can be done?
A. If the item you received is significantly larger or smaller than the described
size, please take a picture of the item out of water and next to a ruler. Send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately and include the photo, order number
and account name. We will be in contact asap with a resolution. Please understand
that the sizes in the description are approximate.Q. What does WYSIWYG mean?
A. WYSIWYG stands for What You See Is What You Get. It represents an area on our website where
you can purchase the exact item you are seeing. Other areas of our site show a species
representative stock photo.Q. What is the appropriate salinity for my aquarium?
A. While salinity fluctuates in the ocean, yours should remain somewhere between
1.022ppt (parts per thousand) and 1.025ppt. This is a general rule assuming your
aquarium contains marine life from different areas…Q. Do you sell live rock by the pound?
A. We do not currently sell live rock by the pound. The amounts and types are preset
and range from 12lb packs to 45-50 lb packs.Q. Are there discounts for bulk orders of live rock?
A. There are no discounts for bulk orders of live rock. Live rock can be shipped
in boxes with no greater weight than 50lbs each, and the shipping charges are specific
to your zip code. Q. What marine animals are compatible?
A. A brief description is noted for each marine animal when you click the details.
If the answer you are looking for is not there, please reference our fish school
or forum. Both are accessible from our home page. If expert advice is needed, please
provide a contact phone number and M-F between 8am and 4:30pm EST, we will have
our marine animal expert call to discuss the animals in question.Q. How do I change my account email address?
A. Once submitted, (you/we) are unable to change your account email address. You
would have to set up a new account. Contact email@example.com
with your old and new
account information and we will move over any accrued reef reward points or store credits.
Q. Can I make special requests for delivery date, sizes, colors, shapes?
A. We will do our best to accommodate your special requests. Please make a note
in the customer comments area of your order and if we cannot meet your needs, we
will contact you before shipping.Q. How does Priority shipping work?
A. Some customers, due to their rural location, are required to pay the $6.99 Priority
charge (It won’t let them check out without it). Generally speaking, Priority doesn’t
always guarantee delivery by 10:30. There is a tool within the FedEx site that allows
you to look up the exact guaranteed time. Our marine life shipping zip code is 90045, so
if you input 90045 to location 12345, it will show the overnight guarantee as well
as the Priority guarantee. Priority is always suggested as it allows the shortest
transit time for live animals.Q. What foods should be fed to my marine animals?
A. Most small (carnivorous) fish eat frozen Mysis Shrimp and occasionally, live
Brine Shrimp. Larger fish should be fed krill or pieces of fresh raw shrimp. Carnivorous
fish can eat any kind of raw fresh seafood. Herbivorous fish should be fed a diet
of Macro Algaes, and dried sheet Algae. There are many types and varieties of these
foods. Q. Why should I buy from Saltwaterfish.com?
A. Saltwaterfish.com is a leading retailer of marine aquarium fish, corals, invertebrates,
aquarium supplies and live rock for the home aquarist. In fact, even though we do not market to this group, many pet
stores and maintenance companies use our company because of the quality livestock
and fair pricing.
We offer a 15 day guarantee on the marine life we sell and our inventory is in real
time so you know the marine life you purchase is available, healthy and ready to
ship. We ship using FedEx exclusively and are one of the largest overnight shippers of marine life, so we have a special relationship with FedEx and can offer some
of the most competitive shipping rates in the industry. We Ship Monday through Friday,
for overnight deliveries the next day. During the checkout process, you can select
the specific day you would like delivery, the ability to hold your order at a local
FedEx location for no charge, or upgrades to your shipping methods like Priority
Service or Saturday delivery.
Our systems are highly automated and allow you manage your account online in your
own private “My Account” area. This area is your exclusive area of the website and
allows you to control every aspect of your account. From Waiting List items, to
Guarantee Requests to Order Updates, you can do it all in your password protected
area. All marine life orders accumulate “Reef Rewards”. These points can be accrued
and used to purchase free marine life. It is our way of saying thank you for being
a Saltwaterfish.com member.
We also have one of the most extensive educational areas on the internet in our
Saltwaterfish.com School. Here you can find information about the proper care and
husbandry of this hobby we all love. There are videos on Saltwaterfish TV, Reviews,
Acclimation Instructions and the Saltwaterfish Forum. The forum alone is very active
and has more than 3 million posts. You can find links to these areas on the home
page of the Saltwaterfish.com website.
Saltwaterfish.com has also initiated our own Foundation. The Deep Blue Seas Foundation
is a 501(C) (3) non-profit foundation established by Saltwaterfish.com to provide
scholarships to the children of the fishermen who collect our fish overseas. We
believe this is another way we can help further the hobby we all love… and connect
with the amazing people who collect our fish overseas. Visit DeepBlueSeasFoundation.org
or follow the link on the saltwaterfish.com home page for more details.
Our site is secure using the most advanced encryption available and the Strongest
Secure Socket Layer protection. No one sees your actual credit card information
when you enter it. Even we do not get access to this information.
You can reach our customer service management by emailing us at
We carry live rock from around the world and can again sell higher quality at cheaper
prices because of our shipping efficiencies. You only pay the actual FedEx ground
rate to your home using our heavily discounted FedEx shipping rates. Aquarium supplies
can be added to any marine life purchase using our “Fast Track” ordering. This means
that for only $8.99 you can add selected aquarium supplies to your marine life order
and receive them the next day. No other company offers this service. We carry a
complete line of essential marine aquarium supplies at discounted Saltwaterfish.com
prices. We take great pride in the services we provide and strive constantly to
continually improve our service.
We have been in business since 1999 and are the
pioneers in providing high quality marine life via the internet and overnight shipping.
We hope you give us a try.
ACCLIMATION:Q. How do I acclimate the items I have ordered?
A. Please see the short acclimation video on our home page. We use and suggest the
slow drip method. It essentially is a slow exchange of water to combine the parameters
of your tank and our water.Q. Can I acclimate everything together?
A. Things that are compatible can be acclimated together. Q. Some items were shipped without water. How do I acclimate them?
A. Things that are shipped without water, are to be floated and then drip acclimated.
Q. My snails, clams, and or anemone was shipped without water. Is that normal or
A. Yes. We ship them without water so that they are not actively swimming in their
own waste. They close themselves in for the duration of shipping and become active
during drip acclimation.Q. My marine life is floating, swimming sideways, upside down, or sitting on the
bottom. What can I do to help it?
A. If you have already acclimated and introduced the animals to the aquarium, turn
your aquarium lights off and try not to hover over the aquarium. Turn pumps and
jets to minimum flow. The secret to success in this hobby is patience. Give your
new arrivals time to get used to their new surroundings without added stimulus.