For those of you thinking about buying the pod farm from Octopets, here is a brief report of my experience: I just received my pod farm from Octopets. I had a slight disconnect with DHL during the delivery, but I finally got it. Since I live in Alaska, I knew the shipping time would be a little longer (2 days total) and I would have some die-off, but a significant portion seem to have made it. I would estimate that about a third died during shipping, mostly the largest ones. The algae seems to have made it ok. There seems to be more than 1/4 pound of it, but I am not complaining. The amphipods were shipped in a damp paper towel with lots of air sealed in the bag. There were quite a few isopods in with the amphipods. They appeared to be sphaeromatid isopods. After one night in the tank, both types of pods and the algae seem to be doing well. I will update this in a week or so unless I manage to kill them all. This is my first saltwater tank, a 10 gallon macroalgae/live rock/small invertebrate system. It's main purpose is to allow me to practice the various aspects of testing and maintaining my water parameters, bringing me one step closer to being ready for my octopus tank.