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!!
I bought some nice wild mbuna and some juvenile mbuna back in October from Dave's - great service, great prices, great stock (and healthy!), great shipping. Can't wait to place another order from them in the future.
I was restocking a tang. tank and searched the web for a reliable source. I was very pleased with Dave and would recommend him and use him again!!
Martindale has used this retailer 10 or more times.
February 8, 2010
"without a doubt the best in the business!!!!!""
I have ordered from almost every professional in the business. Dave's quality and variety of fish surpasses all. It is COMPLETELY apparent that Rare Dave himself is a customer service driven individual. He gave immediate attention to my particular interests and provided me with all the knowledge I needed to care for my new fish. From one life long fish hobbyist to another, you owe it to yourself to simply place an order and find out just how good this guy is.
Just got my order-- 19 beautiful Cynotilapia sp.Lion "Sanga"--they were all healthy, alive, perfectly packed & arrived right on schedule. Day 2 & all are eating & growing--2 of the males are already showing color. Couldn't be happier thanks to Dave & all the advice etc. I got during our phone call.
My original review is below. I also recently did a second order, also of synodontis. They came in very healthy and perfectly packaged. I am very happy with my second experience as well.
First experience: I recently ordered four synodontis catfish from Dave's. They arrived overnighted in wonderful condition (swimming around and lively) and are doing great in QT. They are very lovely, look healthy, and were exactly as represented on the site. Dave's people were friendly and helpful, and the fish were shipped promptly. I would highly recommend them. Prices are not the cheapest around, but I'm willing to pay more for quality fish.
Quality fish, great experience. Wouldn't hesitate to order from him again.
Well, I ordered again and another fantastic experience. Great guy to talk to, takes the time. Excellent quality fish, deep inventory, and can get some hard to find fish. You have to order from this guy!
I've ordered 4-5 times now, been to his facility and have seen his operation, and see him at the major conventions. He's a hobbyist who happens to breed and sell fish for a living. Always stands behind what he sells. Always sells quality. He's my top source for fish.
I have had many tanks over the years and my newest one was going to be stocked from scratch. I did some research and after dealing with another retailer who ddn't respond to my emails, I decided to call Dave. He is a very knowledgeable guy and was always nice on the phone. The fish showed up on time, all alive, and after a week, they are doing great.
I ordered all male peacocks and haps. Dave advised me as to which ones will do better together than others, and worked within my budget. He was able to send me some 3"fish and some 2" fish so that I had some color right away. The larger males are beautiful and the smaller ones have started to color up.
A really positive experience for a first time order.
I ordered 3 different types of mnuba. The fish arrived perky and beautiful. They acclimated to my tank immediately. All seem very healthy. Dave was very kind to answer all of my questions. Will order from him again.
you definitely won't be disappointed with Dave's selection and quality and his prices are great to boot. I'm about an 8 hour drive from Dave's but I always stop in when I'm anywhere near his shop. Dave keeps more fish that I've never heard of or seen in person. The thing I hate about going to Dave's is I always find more fish than I have a place to put when I get home so my disappointment comes when I have to leave a fish I REALLY wanted because I don't have room for it when I get home. So get some extra tanks running and hit his website or better yet, make your way to San Antonio and see them for yourself. Dave is always up for talking fish and is a walking encyclopedia.
We are a military family and have had Rare Dave's ship to us in the past and recieved great healthy fish. Now living in San Antonio Dave has become a friend and he always gets pumped up about bringing in great rare fish for his customers. Dave has a awesome selection at all times. If you cant find what you want talk to Dave tell him what your looking for and he will try his best to get you what you want.
I have to say that I'm thrilled with my first Cichlid/mail order experience! I ordered several species from Dave and he had everything in stock that he advertised. I know he must be busy, yet he took the time to answer all of my questions. Once he confirmed stock he called me back with EVERY available shipping option and cost so I could choose the most convenient/cost effective method for myself. The fish all arrived safely and did not seem stressed at all. In fact they ate within an hour of being introduced. He even threw in a couple of extras! I would not hesitate to order from him again, highly recommended.
Just got my fishes this morning and couldn't believe the quality and liveliness of them right out of the box. The packaging was the most professional I've ever seen. I will be going back to Dave for many more fish and very soon!
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