Shipping Destinations & Rate Information

On all of our products, fish, coral, or live rock, you will be paying the domestic freight directly to the airline when you pick up your shipment. The airlines accept check, any major credit card, and most take cash, although American Airlines has recently quit accepting U.S. dollars (cash) as a payment method.

In general, air freight has a minimum charge and once the weight is over 100 pounds, it's charged by the pound. Per pound rates do not start until you are over one hundred pounds as a rule. So, for lower weights, such as a single box of fish, live rock, or corals, which weigh around 50 pounds, the minimum flat rate is charged. When you order one box, you pay the minimum whether it's 44 lbs. or 65 lbs. (it will be the same charge) ... a per pound rate only applies to shipments of 75-100 pounds.

For instance, to ship two boxes, it's often not much more than for one box. Coast to coast air freight shipping runs about $100 for a box, and maybe $120 for two boxes. If you are closer to west coast, it may be only $60-75 for a single box, and $100 for two.

To estimate shipping for fish, you can usually figure that three boxes are approximately equal to two boxes of coral or live rock - 100 lbs. When you are ordering three or more boxes of live rock, figure about $1 per pound for the domestic air freight shipping part of it. Some airlines a little more, some less.

We ship live rock general freight because it will not affect it if you pick up the next day if it gets in on a late flight, or the next day due to heavy cargo loads. It moves on a space available basis, and is usually on the next flight. Guaranteed-Rush and similar services are much more expensive, and most of the time they would have travelled on the same plane. For most locales we DO use that when shipping corals, not live rock.

Note ... if your live rock shipment gets in late at night, it will be fine if you get it the next day and it will not affect it (know that a bunch from the same shipment is likely sitting on warehouse floors in L.A. still waiting to be sold.) BUT, for FISH or CORALS, you NEED to get them no matter how late it is, as long as your cargo station is open ... most are open until midnight. Fish or corals should not sit overnight ... they need to get in new clean water with circulation ASAP! Fish need to be acclimated of course, and corals dipped at the very least, and always quarantine both if at all possible.

There seems to be a relationship between when a shipment arrives and if you took off work, doing so makes cargo move slower somehow, and so we strongly recommend you do not do so. It will not hurt live rock to pick up late at night, and put it in water the next day (but bring it in to keep it warm if in the winter). You are still getting it faster than 90% or more of the stores out there.

However, with fish or corals, you have to be ready to go, even if it comes in late that evening. They can't sit overnight like live rock can. Most flights out of LAX leave in the a.m. and get to you in the afternoon or early evening, so the average after work pickup works great.

Below is a list of many of the available airports, although it is not a complete list, these are simply examples. If the airline has a cargo office at the destination, we can surely get there!

With the downsizing and joining of many airlines, often cargo departments were removed from countless secondary market airports, though many can take a box or two as baggage, some might be a little higher than it used to be. Let us know your destination airport and we'll check it out for you.

The list below includes some of the major airports with cargo shipping services ...

Akron, OH
Albany, NY
Albuquerque, NM
Amarillo, TX
Anchorage, AK (seasonal)
Atlanta, GA
Augusta, GA
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Baton Rouge, LA
Birmingham, AL
Boise, ID
Boston, MA
Bozeman, MT
Buffalo, NY
Charlotte, NC
Charleston, SC
Chattanooga, TN
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, GA
Columbus, OH
Corpus Christi, TX
Dallas, TX - (DFW, DAL)
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
El Paso, TX
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Myers, FL
Grand Junction, CO
Grand Rapids, MI
Greenville-Spartanburg, SC
Gulfport, MS
Harrisburg, PA
Hartford, CT
Houston, TX - (IAH or HOU)
Huntsville, AL
Indianapolis, IN
Jackson, MS
Jacksonville, FL
Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas, NV
Little Rock, AR
Long Island, NY
Louisville, KY
Lubbock-Midland, TX
Manchester, NH
Memphis, TN
Miami, FL
Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Moline, IL
Montgomery, AL
Nashville, TN
Newark, NJ
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY (JFK, LGA)
Norfolk, VA
Oakland, CA
Oklahoma City, OK
Omaha, NE
Orlando, FL
Pensacola, FL
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
Peoria, IL
Pittsburgh, PA
Portland, OR
Providence, RI
Raleigh-Durham, NC
Reno, NV
Rochester, NY
Sacramento, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Savannah, GA
Seattle-Tacoma, WA
Shreveport, LA
Sioux Falls, SD
South Bend, IN
Spokane, WA
St. Louis, MO
Tampa, FL
Tucson, AZ
Tulsa, OK
Washington, DC (IAD or DCA)
West Palm Beach, FL
Wichita, KS

Sorry ... we do not ship internationally.
LAX pick-ups are not available.

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