Shipping/Pick up

100% Alive Arrival Guarantee

Here at Top Fin Aquatics every shipment we send out comes with our 100% Live Arrival Guarantee. This means that if your order arrives with any dead on arrival livestock or plants we will offer replacement or store credit that does not expire in the amount of the loss. All forms of guarantees are up to our discretion.   

Top Fin Aquatics does a practical quarantine that allows us to ensure the animals we ship are healthy and ready to deal with shipping stress.

We do not guarantee livestock beyond the day of arrival. It is the customer’s responsibility to research any items they are interested in prior to purchase in order to ensure a suitable environment for the animal to thrive. Incompatibility with tank mates should not be overlooked and is not our responsibility. Water quality and the correct diet will help with the long term health of the animal you are purchasing. Poor maintenance routines, poor water quality, and unhealthy diet is the responsibility of the hobbyist to correct.


Conditions to Qualify for our Guarantee:

  • All claims must be brought to our attention within 24 hours of the package being delivered. (Please follow the instructions provided below)
  • A clear photograph of the damaged, sick, or dead fish, invertebrate, plant or dry good is required.
  • Please provide one photograph of the unopened bag that contains dead livestock as well as a second photograph of the dead livestock on top of the styro box top for easy counting purposes. 
  • Livestock claims are void if the customer misses the first delivery attempt.
  • If you miss the delivery and the package is delayed a day or more because of it, we cannot accept responsibility for any losses. It is the customer’s responsibility to check the tracking number for delivery. Tracking numbers are provided in order shipment notification emails.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct shipping information. We can not be held responsible for deliveries made to the address that was provided to us if that address was incorrect. 
  • The shipment must be sent to the correct delivery address, and not forwarded to another address unless still delivered the same day. Forwarding of packages results in an extra day or more in transit. 


Submitting Your Claim:

  • Please follow the instructions below to submit your claim
  1. Email with your order number in the subject line.
  2. Please note what the issue is. Examples include: DOA (Dead on Arrival) livestock or plants, damaged livestock, plants, or dry goods, or sick livestock.
  3. For DOA livestock please also note how many live fish or inverts you have from the pack that contains the DOA in the email. We do send extras in most schooling fish and snail packs so there is a chance you may be covered, (Extras are not covered under our guarantee).
  4. Please provide one photograph of the unopened bag that contains dead livestock as well as a second photograph of the dead livestock on top of the styro box top for easy counting purposes. 
  5. . If the livestock or plant is just unhealthy or damaged, a picture in a specimen container or tank is sufficient so we can clearly see the issue with the livestock or plant.
  6. If an item is missing from the shipment please let us know what was missing.


*Note for Snails: Snails may take up to a few days to bounce back after shipment. We recommend placing them in the corner of the tank or an area where you can easily observe them. Also, be sure to flip them right side up. If they do not move from this spot after a few days or if you notice the water starting to smell they need to be inspected. Please email us right away after receiving them if you suspect they may not be doing well so we can still cover them under our guarantee, but please give them a few days to see if they bounce back before submitting an official claim.

Offers for Claims:

  • Please allow our customer service team time to assess your email claim and they will get back with you as soon as possible. (limited customer service hours on weekends)
  • We will offer you a replacement for the exact same livestock or store credit.
  • Store credits are sent out via email in the form of an Top Fin Aquatics gift card that will never expire. 
  • Shipping charges are non refundable. 


Return Policy:

  • We do not accept returns for any livestock, plant, or perishable items.

Please reach out to if there is an issue with your purchase.

Shipping Policy

Shipping Policy,


Top Fin Aquatic will use Aramex Courier overnight courier service, 

Live fish will only be shipped Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday. All orders will be sent the following day From order,

All other goods will be sent Monday though too Friday,

Tracking will be send once item has been collect  by the courier service to the supplied email address,


Shipping Pricing

Live Fish Delivered to: Bulls,Feilding,Dannevirke,Woodville, Foxton,Levin,Paihatua, Eketahuna,Wellington, Napier/Hastings, New Plymouth and surround areas up to 10Kg (Non-Rural): $28.00

Live Fish North Island (Non-Rural): $30.00
Live Fish South Island (Non-Rural): $42.00

Live Fish Rural Delivery: Additional $7.00

Dry goods - $10.00

Free Pick from Fishroom in Foxton by arrangement

Pick up from Palmerston north Collect point $4.99 by arrangement

Collect from Palmerston North Site

Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm Collection from our nominated collection point in Palmerston North, Orders will be ready for collection the following day.

**Please select pick up on checkout, Only 1 needed per order**

Free Pick up

Free Pick from Fishroom in Foxton by arrangement