I got back into keeping African Cichlids after a long absence from the hobby(kids, college for kids, etc.). I found out about Dave's through a club I joined--East Coast Cichlids. I have obtained fish from Dave a few times and been very impressed and happy with the quality of the fish I've received and his expert handling of the process, from my ordering through their arrival. I don't hesitate to refer fellow hobbyists to Dave and know I will order from him in the future.
"Dave is one of the top African cichlid vendors in the US!"
Dave's fish are top notch. He always maintains an extensive stock list. Fish are well packed and Dave accurately communicates shipping details. I will not hesitate to purchase fish from Dave in the future.
Dave always has the best selection of fish available and is super helpful. He always takes his time to answer any questions I have. I have never been disappointed with the quality of his fish and wouldn't hesitate to buy fish from him again!
I've bought malawi and tang from Dave 4-5 times. He has rare & common species, fish are always in top-notch shape and well packed. He is always patient and willing to talk fish...Just a good guy to deal with.
I was told by a friend of mine in NJ that Dave is his favorite person to buy fish from. I ordered a FULL box of fish. Beautiful Mbuna. Healthy Mbuna. A 125 gallon now filled with Mbuna. 32 fish in all. Dave had the fish shipped right to my door and it was worth it. I ordered 6 Cynotilapia sp. ''Lion'' Lion's Cove. 8 Metriaclima sp. ''Hajomaylandi Pombo'' Pombo Rocks. 6 Pseudotropheus sp. ''Williamsi North'' Makonde. 6 Tropheops sp. ''Elongatus Boadzulu'' Kanchedza Island and 6 Labeotropheus fuelleborni ''Marmalade Cat''. I just received Dave's email about the most recent arrivals and now I need another tank. Thank you very much Dave.
I chose Daves to stock my newly cycled 75 gallon after reading the numerous good reviews and seeing the variety of fish he keeps in stock. I placed an order for 6 white tail acei, 7 yellow labs & 7 elongatus mpangas. The fish arrived when promised via fedex. Fish showed up in 3 bags by group. One Mpanga was DOA, & another mpanga & acei died within 24 hours. The fish arrived in the middle of a 105+ heat wave here in Cali with no cold pack, no sedatives to ease stress/aggression & the water in the bags was full of fish waste. I informed Dave what had happened & he credited the 3 fish. The rest of the fish were highly stressed with beat up fins/bodys/eyes. When asked if the fish were drugged and fasted before shipping I received no reply except that "in transit fish are more aggressive". The yellow labs I received are rather poor quality. A mix between Lion's Cove II and Kakusa. The mpangas are of very good quality. However the white tail acei were very poor. 6 days after arrival I noticed the beginning of ich starting on a few acei. I quickly treated for ich and was successful with the treatment losing no fish. When the fish arrived I noticed a few of the yellow labs and acei had sunken bellies, I then had to treat for internal parasites with prazipro. That treatment was successful & most of the sunken bellies have cleared. I really want to like daves, and will use him again in the future hoping he excels, but I was NOT impressed with how
I was in need of a singular female Rusty and Dave was the only one I could find to have one in stock. He was prompt in responding to my e-mails and accommodating when I asked him to hold her for a day or two. The prices are comparable and his speed for shipping her to me was better than any other online fish purchase I've made. There was absolutely no waiting. Not only did the female arrive in great condition, but she's one of the friendliest fish I have. And the others have been in my aquarium for months. Will definitely do business with again.
Dave has a premium selection and is a pleasure to do business with. I highly recommend using him if he has the fish you are looking for. You won't be disappointed. Update: Having used 7 retailers now, I can't stress enough how nice Dave is. Some of the twerps out there selling fish have zero understanding of how to interact with other human beings. Dave's a good dude and stands behind his fish.
What a wonderful guy Dave is!! couldn't ask for better customer service. I recently just got back into the "fish game" and Dave advised me (through multiple emails and a few phone convos) on what/how to house Tanganyikan Fish. His patience with me was highly valued as he held the fish (1 eel and 2 calvus) for almost a month while I awaited my tank to cycle through. When the fish arrived at my doorstep, all fish were alive and well. The eel (Mastacembelus sp. "Intermediate) was in excellent condition along with the Calvus. Can't wait to do business with Dave again SOOO HAPPY!!!
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