Please have Expedited Shipping Requests in by these times:
*10:00 am Pacific Time for Overnight Requested via Contact Form
*1:30 pm Pacific Time for 2 day 2 Day is added during the checkout process (at the end of checkout)
Please read our Helpful Articles Prior to emailing/calling
*Some of these found near the top of this page, many more are found in our drop down menu under the Aquatic Information Drop Down in the top navigation bar (including the extensive Aquarium Answers Library)
*Please understand that we spend hours every day in updates and ongoing research to keep these articles accurate with top notch information found nowhere else!
To not read the information we have worked hard at providing prior to emailing/calling is analogous to taking a college coarse and constantly raising your hand to ask the instructor to explain the answers without every reading the required subject material first; How well will that go over with the instructor? Not too well as this is impolite at best, at worse the instructor might just kick such a person out of class!
*Also if further information is needed; emails are best as we also have related in depth/research websites with even more in depth material and we can then send you links to these web site articles for further yet more specific and in depth information.
• We now have gift certificates (see button below)
Due to the many requests we receive as well very thin profit margin we operate on (& likely even more thin profit margin in 2013), we have to limit our sponsorships to certain criteria such as forums/clubs that we already have a relationship with and support and promote our articles and web sites.
Or those that provide indexed web pages with links to our articles such as our "Aquarium Lighting", Aquarium Ich, Aquarium Chemistry articles or many other articles or product pages.
We have spent much $$ in forum sponsorships in the past to never or rarely see references to our excellent researched articles or products, so we are sorry but no longer can afford to blindly sponsor forums.
We will often support forums/clubs showing genuine support for our family of websites (such as Aquarium Information and Aquarium & Pond Answers).
However with most requests, we see no mention of our articles or related material and sometimes when we are mentioned, no honest debate ensues, rather it is simply misinformed negativity.
Otherwise, due promises made to note our sponsorships that are often never kept, we must insist on a link back on an "Indexed" Web Page prior to sponsorships.
See Link Code at the bottom of the page for just one example.
Unfortunately due to the volume of such requests, those that appear to have not read our criteria for sponsorship, clearly have ignored our many articles (yet expect us sponsor their forum when no mention of our family of sites is ever or rarely made), and have sent out "form" requests will NOT be replied to.
You can find most answers to your questions below. Please refer to these Articles before sending us your product use question, as then we can fine tune your answer to your specific needs.
We try to answer all questions within the hour during normal business hours
For Discussions, help with sick fish, or non customer questions, please visit:
Everything Aquatic Forum
Please consider asking your questions here, as this also then becomes a base of knowledge for others!!
Request a PayPal Invoice We can provide a PayPal Invoice (PayPal accepts all major credit cards) if you rather not use our checkout system.
This is a service we are more than happy to provide at no extra charge (PayPal) & this provides a simple itemized electronic invoice
Please allow up to 24 hours for the invoice to be sent, as well please note whether Standard Shipping or expedited shipping (1, 2, or 3 day Air) is preferred.
*Credit Card/PayPal Shopping Cart Problems* A PayPal Account does NOT need to be used to purchase from us!
However, to prevent credit card fraud, a PayPal hosted checkout will reject any credit card tied to a PayPal account that is used separately (please see the article above for more, in particular step #4).
Please Check Spam or email used with PayPal account or order
We do have a problem with our business emails being sent to customer spam folders, so please be sure to check your spam folder for emails from us. Also be sure to mark any emails in your spam folder as Not Spam.
As well many customers have an older email attached to their PayPal or other credit account, this IS the email we will send your notifications of tracking, etc. Please check this one if different from your normal email.
*Please also note that we send a personalized email with tracking with EVERY shipment/purchase, so if this does not arrive, again check your spam or other email accounts you may have.
As Low As We Can Go
We sell our products at very competitive prices (often below wholesale which is why many retailers purchase directly from us). Many products are purchased at the highest volume tier, such as LED Lights and we already pass this volume discount pricing on in our shopping carts and our shipping tiers as well.!
This also includes a Shipping Calculator that caps after $79 (lower 48 USA only), so a purchase of $500, $1000, etc. pays the same shipping as a $79 sale (of which we make up the difference).
Please to do not contact us asking for discounts. Any further discounts are displayed on those product pages. Such as the sponge filters.
We also do not provide "samples", as previously noted, with our very competitive prices we cannot afford this, as well our very in depth information pages should provide most all the information necessary to make an educated decision (such as "Fish Nutrition")
Add to Orders; we cannot access your credit card as this is an encrypted secure transaction for the buyers protection. To combine an order (if not already shipped), please purchase again online (or request an electronic invoice) and then contact us to notify us of this separate order (often we notice this unless already shipped, which in this case we cannot combine the orders). We will deduct any applicable additional shipping fees less $2 to combine the orders (also see our Shipping Policy Page
All Pictures sent to our email become our property & may be used to help others unless otherwise specified!
Payment Methods; All major Credit Cards are accepted. A PayPal Account is not necessary to purchase, our checkout system (although hosted by PayPal) does not require a PayPal account or your use of one if you do have one but not wish to use it. See: Credit Card/PayPal Shopping Cart Tutorial
We also accept Postal Money Orders, Virtual Terminal, or we can generate custom Invoices. However Purchase Orders or Checks are not accepted (we can accept some checks, but there is a 7-10 day delay in shipping while the check is processed)
As well ALL our Transactions are performed via a SECURE encrypted "https" protocol PayPal website, UNLIKE many websites that host their own "Pay Now" buttons on their less secure "http" protocol websites.
This is why we cannot access your credit card after a transaction is complete to add to an order, unlike other websites. We must send a separate invoice or the additional items must be purchased online and then we can combine orders (and refund shipping if need be as per our Shipping Policy)
We are not API, Via Aqua, or the Manufacturer of Quick Cure (Aquarium Products) etc., however if you have questions that these companies have failed to answer, we are more than happy to answer your question by email. Please check our very extensive information pages first prior to email as many questions are answered there already.
We Do NOT have a Catalog, as we update our information constantly to provide the reader the best content found anywhere on the Internet. To constantly put out a catalog constantly to reflect this would be extremely costly and since we operate on razor think profit margins simply is impossible.
Please refer to our articles and selling pages (including our article downloads in pdf) for all information.
Our E-Mail is for questions relative to the online store and its products. Please be sure to provide us with a sufficient amount of information to answer your American Aquarium Products related question.
We attempt to reply within 1 hour (often less) during business hours.
We also check & reply to emails after hours and weekends too so as to provide urgently needed customer service (although generally our email is not checked between 10 pm and 6 am PST/PDT)!
This email is the same location that the contact form goes.
The Contact Form provides us with more useful information to better help with many questions and is our preferred method of contact.
As well our email filters will never reject a contact form, however we still check our spam daily for emails where the contact form is not used, so NO EMAILS ARE EVER MISSED regardless of method used!
Please also respect the volume of emails we get and the intention of our email tech support is to point questions to our VERY in depth articles (which we still spend copius amounts of time updating) or other sources for self help and then answer specific questions from these as quickly as possible (including evening/weekends).
Please understand that we pay staff for each email (& time spent answering) for each email answered after hours, which is why we ask to restrict repeated follow up questions after hours or questions by non customers
Our email support CANNOT be used for discussions or "Running by" of "our thoughts" of ones aquarium/pond care/setup details (such as as step by step plumbing our electrical details of a custom aquarium or pond set up), questions as to the hows or why of the information provided in Carl's articles, or questions not directly related to our products.
For such discussions; including questions about aquarium/pond diseases, questions for Carl, non customer help, etc; these must now be referred to the forum we still sponsor (& many of our staff including Carl often visit): Everything Aquatic Forum
CALL US- Sorry; We have discontinued our Direct Phone Order Line for all but essential communication with customers (which will get our number via their sales confirmation).
Even then problems including; *address verification, *change in order, *shipping issues, etc; MUST be handled by email for a written record we LEGALLY MUST HAVE, phone messages for such issues cannot be returned.
We can also send electronic invoices for those who prefer to not purchase directly online.
OR make a PHONE ORDER by filling out our Contact Form along with items desired, we can then call you for Credit Card Information. PLEASE NOTE, the Contact Form must be filled out now for a written record for legal reasons due to credit card fraud, we cannot except plain emails, as well the person who will call back will do this during normal business hours (USA Pacific Time) and CANNOT answer ANY technical questions other than take credit card information which is NOT saved for any further orders for legal reasons.
There is also a $2 charge for phone orders under $10 or $1 for orders over $10
WE APOLOGIZE for any inconvenience not having a direct phone line may have caused, HOWEVER the costs in employee time alone was was resulting in business losses (add in not having a written record for technical issues, resulting in fraudulent charge backs and this resulted in CONSIDERABLE financical losses!!).
Part of the reason was that a considerable amount of these calls went on to ask questions for 20 or more minutes that are in our extensive articles (which we spend a considerable amount of time updating regularly) or have been fraudulent and/or verbally abusive to our employees.
At the same time our Internet sales have produced less fraudulent and discourteous buyers as a percentage. Sorry, but due to these issues, sales calls, and costs in time and money, where by we were unprofitable ; phone calls that originate from non-customers will NOT be returned.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE that any phone messages left are only returned ONCE per day, so if you need immediate assistance, please use our email!
We still offer World Class help via email, INCLUDING after hours and weekend tech help from persons often not even in the office to utilize a phone few other online sellers offer (this includes our staff online @ Everything Aquatic Forum).
Here is a link code with a banner that can be used:
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