Bought 3 female yellow labs for my one male. Dave picked out 3 great females and now my male is so happy. Wonder why. Whole deal was painless and very smooth. Honered one DOA from another order. Mailed when asked and packaged great. Each fish in its own doubled wraped bag in a strong container. Dave's a winner in my book.
Fortunately I live in San Antonio. After I set up my tank I took over a list of fish that might be candidates for my new tank. I was given very good advice and received very healthy fish. My fish are healthy and growing well. I can't imagine getting fish from anywhere else!
Having never had fish shipped before, I was very apprehensive about the whole process. Working with Dave was a great experience. Fish selection is great, and I was able to pick up some Haplochromis sp. Ruby Green. They all arrived on time and very lively. One day later, they have settled into the grow tank, and will be moved to their display tank when it has finished cycling. I can hardly wait to do business with him again. Thank you Dave.
I have been dealing with on-line sellers for more years than I can count and have found some top notch dealers along the way that I developped some trusting relationships with. About 1 year ago I started looking for some difficult to source fish and hit upon Dave and his company. While I was a little scared to make the jump, as we all are when we try a dealer out the first time, it was time to take a chance with a new source. I was still a little nervous as I was buying some pretty expensive fish, sight unseen - $400+ for 5 fish. What a find Dave has been - great guy to deal with and very patient. When I got my fish today I couldn't believe 1) the fish were outstanding in quality and more than I expected even from my several talks with Dave. When I saw them in the bag, I was like a little kid in a candy shop! The specimens were truly amazing! 2) The pack job was the best I have ever seen - triple bagged with a dark liner in between the 2nd and 3rd bags that came up around 4" on the bags sides. The fish seemed really calm from this technique and the water was crystal clear. Shipment was next day Fedex - first time I tried this but it was flawless. I am located in Canada and shipments to my home aren't exactly direct from San Antonio - but the waybill showed a pick up at 3 in the afternoon in SA and I picked up at 9:30 the next morning at Fedex on the US side about 2 hours from my home - talk about a smooth experience. Thanks Dave -truly impressed - we'll d
I received an order where on of the bags got broken in shipping and the fish was lying in a wet bag with no water. It was still alive amazingly, but quite weak. He gave me credit sight unseen without requiring any proof. Well the fish survived and I will be calling him to remove the credit!!! A very pleasant guy to deal with who only wants to do the right thing for the customer!! You can tell he thouroughly enjoys his job and not only is a true fish guy, but is a people person to boot!!! Thanks Dave for making doing business with you so easy!!
over the past 4 years i have used daves rare aquarium fish several times. each time was a no hassel expierance. dave is a man of his word. excellent selection. excellent no hassel shiping. ill use him again.
I live in Montana where species choices are at a minimum and it can be super cold. I have ordered twice from Dave. I had one fatality probably due to aggression. Dave has given me a credit. Awesome stock, knowledge and options. It would truly be hard to find a better choice for an online dealer. I will certainly buy from Dave again.
I have had cichlids in the past, nothing fancy, just what i could get locally which is very limited. i have since set up a new Mbuna tank and was in search of fish. i reviewed all the comments for all the vendors listed on this site and decided that my money would be best spent with Dave's RAF. i was blown away by the species list and he did a great job helping me to select some compatible species to put on display for our home. i received the fish yesterday and i am a completely satisfied customer. this was the first mail order experience i had and i will definitely order from Dave's again.
After exchanging some emails where Dave was extremely knowledgeable, I placed my order. Fish arrived in perfect health exactly as described. I had a great experience ordering from Dave and I will never order from anyone else online!
I recently placed an order for all male Mbunas for my 150 gallon. Dave made suggestions on what to add to my current tank. This is the 1st time I ordered next day and I was very impressed that each fish was bagged separately. It was a fairly cold day, but the heat pack kept the box warn enough. It's 3 weeks after delivery and everyone is doing well. Thanks again Dave,
I recently had a chance to go to Dave's. I was setting up a new all male Mbuna tank. After spending about 2 hours selecting which species would go best in the tank, I was ready for the ride home. After about 1 month they're all coloring up and doing well.
I plan on ordering more or making the trip again. Thank you Dave and your staff!
*I love 'Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish!' (U-will-2!) I'm so proud and pleased to know the African Cichlid species is well managed by Dave for now and the future protection of these wonderful fish. *!!!Outstanding Rare Fish!!! Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish has my highest endorcement for outstanding customer service, largest stock selection of the finest quality fish. If you want a huge variety of high quality African Cichlids, Plecos and Synodontis Catfish found in one retailer's location, then Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish is the best way to go ... check it out for your self at davesfish.com
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