Shipping FAQ

Livestock Shipping Rates Outside of CA

on livestock orders
over $225 and
all live rock orders*

on livestock orders
below $225



Livestock Shipping Rates Within CA

on livestock orders
over $225 and
all live rock orders*

on livestock
orders below
in CA only



How much is shipping for Live Rock?

*Live rock must be ordered separately from livestock.
**Live rock ships via FedEx 2-Day Shipping.

All live rock ships for FREE via FedEx 2 Day.

Please note: Customers must place live rock orders separately from livestock orders.

If you accidentally order live rock & livestock together, we will contact you to discuss additional shipping charges.

Where do you ship?

Currently, we only ship to the 48 continental United States through our website. Sorry we do not ship to Alaska and Hawaii.

Is there a minimum order on livestock?

No, there is no minimum order.

How are live orders packed?
  • Live orders are packed with care, expertise, and confidence.
  • First, we only ship high quality, healthy specimens.
  • Then, we use thick Styrofoam coolers, quality cardboard boxes, heat packs, cool packs, bubble wrap, and Styrofoam peanuts.
  • The outer box states on all sides 'Fragile - Handle With Care', 'Live Fish - Protect from Heat and Cold', and 'This Side Up'.
  • Each specimen is placed in its own thick plastic bag, sometimes double, triple, or quadruple bagged, with more than enough water and oxygen to make its trip.
  • Also, while in the cooler, the specimen bags have absolutely no room to move or shift around during the shipping process.
  • We do everything we can do decrease stress on livestock so that it arrives healthy and ready to be acclimated into your tank.
  • We've been shipping livestock for over 10 years!

How do I know when to expect delivery of my livestock order?

After we receive your livestock order, we will CALL within 1-4 business days to let you set the shipping date. (Pre-order items may take up to ten business days.) This way you know when to expect your shipment, and we know your order will be delivered when you are available to sign for it.

How will I receive my tracking number(s)?

After your order is shipped you will receive an email with the Fed Ex tracking number for your shipment. You can enter your tracking number at to track your order.

Why are livestock orders not shipped immediately?

We take the time necessary to be sure that all livestock are fully acclimated, healthy, and eating well in our holding facility before shipping. We get a lot of orders but will only ship a maximum amount of live order boxes a day to ensure quality. Additionally, we will only ship livestock that meet our high-quality criteria.

  • Most in-stock livestock orders are ready to be shipped with your permission within 4 business days of the order date.
  • Livestock marked PRE-ORDER are shipped within 14 days of the order date. We will keep you informed.
  • Most live rock/sand orders are shipped within 2 business days of the order date.

Why is it necessary for livestock to be acclimated at Vivid Aquariums’ holding facility?

Most livestock have already traveled thousands of miles before arriving at our holding facility. We must quarantine all livestock to make sure they are free from disease and fully adjusted to aquarium life. This allows us to be sure that you get consistent high quality, well-adjusted livestock.

Why must Livestock & Live Rock be ordered separately?

We cannot ship live rock & livestock (Fish, Corals, & Invertebrates) in the same box. Livestock requires overnight shipping to maintain the health of the animals. Shipping live rock via FedEx 2 Day saves money allowing us to keep prices lower.



1.Order goes into queue for processing.
2.We call you in 1-4 business days to let you know when your order is ready to ship.
3.You set the shipping date so you know when your order will arrive.
4.We send you a tracking number via email.
5.You receive your order and acclimate livestock according to instructions in your box.
6.Call or email us with any questions, issues, or comments.