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RetailersMail-Order FishUSTX Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish
Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish
Address: 5121 Crestway Dr., Suite 300
City, State: San Antonio, TX
ZIP: 78239
Phone: (210)599-9444
Web site: Click here
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masoni has used this retailer 3-10 times. July 14, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Great Selection, Great Prices, Great Knowledge"
I've been following Dave for years and now I'm priveledged to have him right down the road in San Antonio. He knows a lot about cichlids and is very helpful with advice and recommendations. With his prices and selection, there's no need to go anywhere else.
mbunagirl has used this retailer 1 time. June 28, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Excellent Job!"
Excellent mailorder site. I have just placed my first order and it was first rate! The fish were in excellent shape and they arrived right on time. He has the best selection I have ever seen. I ordered two marmalade cats and they are beautiful, I have never seen one "in person" before, I just do not see the selections, he has,anywhere locally. I will definitely order again. Kudos to Dave's!!!!!
ciclasoman has used this retailer 3-10 times. June 27, 2007
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"prime fish selection accompanied with detailed knowledge of many cichlids"
I have visited many fish stores but Dave's is far from a business, this man is a walking cichlid encyclopedia, very approachable to share his experiences about my favorite habit (Madagascar cichlids). His fish stock is well maintained and he offers quite a great variety. I particularly enjoy being able to special order rare fish at a very reasonable price.
sir_blackhole has used this retailer 3-10 times. June 27, 2007
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"Absolutely one of the BEST!!!"
Dave is a super friendly guy and his store has an excellent selection full of quality fish. If you need it, he's got it! Great supporter of local club. If you have a chance to stop by his place be sure and DO IT. You wont be disappointed! His shop is 3 hours away from me but its always worth the drive.
Shayman10 has used this retailer 1 time. June 26, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Great selection and very friendly!"
Left a message. Dave promtly called back and I placed my order. All 18 fish showed up alive and in OK shape. A week later they are all doing GREAT!!
Earitt has used this retailer 1 time. May 5, 2007
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"Perfect fish, oerfect transaction!"
Dave was fabulous. Quality fish, expert packing, all you could ask for. Thanks, Dave!
texasweld has used this retailer 1 time. April 5, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"totally awsome"
lucky for me i live in san antonio, cause his store is the best. see u next time dave and thanx
sero73 has used this retailer 2-3 times. April 3, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"nice guy, great resource!"
This is an individual who will spend time understanding what you want and give you ideas. He will also but up front with you regarding which species work together and which do not. I have found my one stop cichlid shop!
Rather has used this retailer 10 or more times. April 2, 2007
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"Truly special / A must call "
Look, I know there are at least several excellent options for sellers of African cichlids available, but in my book Dave's Rare edges out the competition. It is debatable which retailer is the best, and there can never really be 1 answer, but that said, there is no question - in any, way shape or form - that Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish is one of those truly special sources for high quality and harder to find cichlids. Reviewers before me have showered Dave with accolades for his service and willingness to help. They are all correct, without exaggeration. Not one bit.

What amazes me in addition to the above is to find such a knowledgable and passionate advocate of African cichlids in this day and age of high tech, big business, bottom line driven organizations that really couldn't care less about what you think so long as you buy. Dave has talked me OUT of buying certain fish that I wanted almost as much as he encouraged me to buy other ones. Wow.

I am embarrassed to admit that I have purchased supplies from those hollow, corporate big business types but not fish. Not ever again. Dave gets my business when it comes to fish. Period.

It is truly an honor (and distinct pleasure) to support someone like Dave in his relentless pursuit of providing high quality fish, driven to be the best not for the money but because it is his passion.

Well done, Dave. /rather
doorfish has used this retailer 1 time. March 29, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Place Order Here"
I just received some Africans I ordered from Dave and I am very pleased!This was my 1st order from him and won't be my last.Dave has a genuine concern for his fish as well as the purchaser!Dave is very knowledgable and extremely helpful.Dave asked that I call him when I received the fish and let him know what I thought of them and I did!I don't know what else to say other than Dave has a another customer for life!!
NASCAR2 has used this retailer 10 or more times. March 23, 2007
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I live an hour away from the store and drive down just to buy flake food when it need it. The selection of African Cichlids is the best I've ever seen. Everytime I goto Daves store there are new fish to awe over. Dave is a great guy too. Give his place a try, you will not be dissapointed.
jb1edlover has used this retailer 10 or more times. March 22, 2007
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"Want fish? Look no further!!"
I live about 2 miles from Daves store. His store is so good the property value in the area just went up. Seriously, I know he's just up the street but that isn't why I shop at Daves. NO OTHER fish store in San Antonio or Austin can compare to the selection and the customer service you'll get from Daves. I've been to other stores and they push, push and push you to buy as much as they can. Not Dave, he's probably talked me out of buying more fish than my wife has...if that's possible. Dave's prices are great too, and I've been to many other stores in South Texas. Dave doesn't just sell fish, he sells friendships. So give Dave a chance, you'll save some money, get great fish and make a friend. You can't put a price on that.
jeffro has used this retailer 10 or more times. March 20, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Excellent Store, Great Service"
You won't find better service at a store. Dave always takes the time to answer any and all questions, whether you buy from him or not. Best selection of fish I have seen. Great job Dave!
texastang has used this retailer 10 or more times. March 18, 2007
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"All you could ever ask for...and then some!"
If you want it, Dave's got it. The most varied selection, the healthiest stock, the best service, hands down. He has a wealth of knowledge from many years of working with cichlids, and seems to really enjoy taking time to answer questions and share his experience to give everyone the best chance at being successful with whatever fish they're interested in. Dave has so many species that rare barely begins to describe, including several that are endangered or nearly extinct in the wild in an attempt to bring awareness and get more hobbyists interested in breeding them and playing an active part in their longterm survival. He is also very conscientious about using proper scientific names, where so many dealers do not seemed concerned about keeping up with recent changes. I honestly can't say enough good things about this guy and his store. I am so lucky to live within an hour's drive and can spend time walking the rows and rows of awesome stock regularly, but Dave's shipping is excellent too. Call him for the latest availability and don't be shy about asking for that dream fish you never thought you would find. Chances are Dave can get it. He's an honest businessman and has an amazing network of sources available to him. (That and a little pure magic helps him get in what few others can.) I'm sure it sounds too good to be true, but I promise if you give him a try, you'll be a customer for life too.
mitch91175 has used this retailer 1 time. March 18, 2007
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"Great Fish Selection.. Period!!"
Stopped by Dave's store while I was in San Antonio. All I can say is WOW!! I am not as experienced as some here, but I will say, he by far has the biggest and best selections that I have seen from any LFS that I have been in. Dave was friendly and knowledgeable. He cichlids all were healthy and I just loved the variety. I spent about an hour in the store just looking around at the possibilities. He had a beautiful afra that I tried to get him to sell me (it was his personal stock). I would definitely recommend using his services.
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