I ordered a couple neolamprologus tretocephalus, and 4 altolamprologus calvus. The trets are amazing quality and slightly larger than advertised :)the calvus look like good stock, give me another year and a half, then I'll tell you what the final product looks like. Dave was easy to reach by phone and email. He answered all my questions expertly, and was genuinely a nice guy to talk to. The shipping was professional, and delivered on time. I will only work with dave with all african purchases from now on... no more LFS and no more aquabid! Thank you Dave!!!
Order 6 fish from Dave and all arrived in great health. Was a pleasure talking to him on the phone as I tried to spell my home address and actually said the phrase "o as in omg" "u as in .... I dont know what begins with u." First time ordering but if I ever need anything again, Dave is my first choice.
My first experience with Dave's couldn't have been better. I am new to cichlid keeping and Dave was willing to take the time to help me choose the right fish for my tank considering what I already have. All arrived alive and well and looked to be in good health. Overnight shipping, very reasonable shipping costs, wish I had bought all my fish there! This was my first long distance purchase and I am very pleased.
Placed a special order. Dave called me right away to apologize about item not in stock. But went out of his way to find me a very cool replacement. Prompt, fair, great shipping. A+ on everything. Will definitely be a return customer.
Everything was as advertised again and he was very honest with the compatibility of some of his larger males for sale with my all male tank, basically turning away the sale of a couple of large Hap males because he did not believe they would color up much at all with my current stocking. The quality and honesty will keep me coming back again and again.
This was my first time ordering fish online and Dave's could not have made it better. He went above and beyond in every way. I ordered three different species and was very pleased with the quality and health of all the fish. The Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos look great with brilliant colors and some were even larger than advertised which is awesome. The saulosi are exactly as stated and one is even beginning to color up, even at only an inch or so long. I decided to get the small Rubescens to save money and he told me he would do his best to make it a male and it looks like they succeeded splendidly, you can see the red beginning to develop in his shoulder region. To top it all of there were even a couple extras. I was nervous to order fish online but Dave's assuaged my fear and came through in a big way. If I ever need to order again they will be who I go to first. Thanks Dave's for a great experience.
When I contacted Dave to buy some fish he was in the middle of finishing orders from a sale the previous week. He took the time to get my order right, and I am very satisfied with the various Mbuna's recieved. This is my third order from Dave, but it won't be my last.
I called and spoke to Dave about purchasing some cichlids for my first cichlid tank. I must say Dave was very knowledgeable and helpful making the whole process go very smoothly. I went with airport to airport shipping via Southwest Airlines Cargo and the fish were shipped out and received the very next day. They arrived packaged well with a few extra fish which was a pleasant surprise. I highly recommend Dave's and can't wait to do business with him again.
When I called they were very helpful, gave me exactly what I wanted, great looking healthy fish, very well priced. When I called to ask about certain species, he knew exactly which ones he had and how many without having to go off and look it up, so he knows his facility and stock. He shipped to me two day so shipping was dirt cheap. I will use them for nearly all of my fish purchases
Update: Got another order in, It was delayed a day because they were short handed, but he called to let me know, and i did magically receive an extra fish in my order. This is really a top notch service provider
Once again, Daveâ€™s beat my expectations on every level â€“ excellent selection, superb customer service, and the absolute best packaging Iâ€™ve seen (Iâ€™d trust them shipping my Grandmotherâ€™s priceless china across the country). All of my fish, including the freebies Daveâ€™s threw in, jumped into my tank perfectly alert and ready to feed â€¦ no noticeable jetlag from their long journey from TX. Also, I love Daveâ€™s newsletter which alerts me to the latest â€œmust-haveâ€ arrivals. In terms of livestock, Iâ€™m not aware of another seller who keeps the breadth/depth and quality of inventory (including many rare and wild caught varieties) that Daveâ€™s keeps on hand; not once have I been told that a fish listed on their website is â€œout of stock.â€ How refreshing is that?
Read all of the positive reviews about Daveâ€™s Rare Fish if you have any doubts about whoâ€™s consistently the best livestock retailer out there.
I must say I got off on the wrong foot with Dave, He however was a gentleman. Wow what service. Thank you is an understatement. I personally have been back to his store 4 times, takeing my daughter and my son with me on my trips. I am lucky enough to live in San Antonio, TX where he is located. He goes out of his way to help, understand and find what you want. I will be doing business with him for a long, long, loooonnng. Time Brother Bob L. Preacher
Ordering online can be very intimidating and daunting, especially to someone new to online fish buying. Dave put those concerns to rest. After an overnight flight...IN WINTER, all my fish ( 30+) arrived safe and sound at my doorstep. They were all eating and happy within 1/2 an hour in their new home. The quality is AMAZING and he even threw in a few extras.
If you are new to ordering online and are worried about live arrival, pick Dave. The extra shipping cost to ensure that your valued stock gets to you safe and sound is worth it. Go with the top who's who of Cichlids, you won't regret it!!
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