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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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fishboy11 has used this retailer 1 time. December 28, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Awesome fish"
I ordered 8 eureka red females from Dave. They arrived looking good and many of them were bigger than he said. They are all in great shape and I can not wait to breed them with my AER male. Thanks for everything Dave, i hope to do business with you again.
cholile has used this retailer 1 time. December 25, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Simply the best"
This was my first time buying fish which were shipped via mail and I was very nervous. I used Dave specifically based on the comments mentioned here and couldn't be more pleased. Fair prices, very knowledgeable, and most importantly, a stand up guy. That last one is often tough to find (at least it has been in my experience) and it's why I'll never have fish shipped from anyone else if I can get them from Dave.
theyeti76 has used this retailer 10 or more times. December 4, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Excellent Supplier"
I highly reccomend this seller. He is most knowledgable on his stock and is courteous at all times. I will continue to do business with Rare Dave.
dalto has used this retailer 3-10 times. December 3, 2007
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I bought fish from Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish on several occasions and have always been completely satisfied.

His selection is outstanding, he carries lots of African cichlids and a few New World cichlids as well. I have made the drive to his shop and have had fish sent to me and he always does a great job.

The best thing about dealing with Dave is that the guy really cares about the hobby. You never feel like he is trying to extract your money. I have even seen him recommend other stores when he does not have what you want. Dave is a class act and I recommend his shop unconditionally.
Judge has used this retailer 1 time. December 3, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Dave's Rare Rocks!!!"
Well if you have not dealt with Dave you are missing out. A1 Excellent service!!!! Great guy and know's his cichlids!!!!
tice214 has used this retailer 2-3 times. November 28, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Great to deal with "
i had ordered fish last winter and a large snow storm cam in and the fish got delayed a day. three of the fish died out of ten and he took care of it. it wasn't his falt. i will do business with them again
cbkirby has used this retailer 1 time. November 17, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"The best!"
I called all the listed retailers and only Dave's had the fish I needed in stock. He was great to deal with. He sexed my fish by photos and made me feel like I was the only customer (though I could hear his store was very busy). Best of all the fish are gorgeous.
I will use him again.
SF_BEAST has used this retailer 1 time. November 8, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Just look at the rest of the reviews"
Need I say more, this guy is prob the best in the business. I travel all over the world, and Dave is the most customer friendly person I have done business with. You would be crazy not to buy from here... I'll never go anywhere else for my cichlid needs.
Aqua Jack has used this retailer 1 time. September 29, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Unique Professionalism"
I recently switched my 180 gal. from Mbuna to Vics and Peacocks. While purchasing the fish from Dave, I found him to be not only helpful but extremely knowledgeable in the Cichlid world. I would not hesitate in doing business with Dave, as his expertise exceded all of my expectations. The fish delivered were clean and the quality was excellent.
Jack, Ocala
cyc949 has used this retailer 1 time. September 20, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Couldnt be more satisfied!"
Was looking for a special C. Afra Cobue for my show tank. Called Dave becuase i knew he stocked this variant. Ordered the fish by phone next day and fish was shipped the Monday after. Opened the package and was very pleased with what i saw. Fish was alive and well after a 2-day journey from Tx. to Ca. Size was spot on first of all. Color began to return immediately upon putting him in my quarenteen tank. After 2 hours fish was showing full color! Lineage on this fish is great and it shows. Characteristic orange top/blue bottom with straight dark stripes. Also great shape. No torn fins or damage of any kind. Hard to believe this fish was housed with others. This is a true show fish and i am more then satisfied. I will definately buy from Dave again in the future and i will encourage others to do so as well. Well worth the cost! A+++++
ROMAN1218 has used this retailer 3-10 times. June 7, 2008
Overall Rating: 
"Intelligent, super friendly "fish-nerd""
Try to stump this guy in his African cichlid knowledge. He told me he went to college and studied something about fish, Good Student Dave. I have dealt with Rare Dave four times and am looking so forward to my next trip to San Antonio. I live within a three hour drive, so I save my shipping money to purchase more fish. Huge stock of fish, and he has memorized where every single one of them are in his store, that in itself amazed me. Keep up the work Dave, your super. Update: I have now had the oppurtunity to "use" Dave on several more occasions. By "use" I mean not only to purchase, but for his knowledge. He is very personable with each and every customer - wether in store, on the phone or on the net, he's quick to assist. His ability to special order and receive the orders quick is another good trait of his business. He has a vast "source" list. Keep up the work Rare Dave.
gheitman has used this retailer 1 time. August 31, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"A rare source of rare fish"
I ordered a half dozen Neolamprologus multifasciatus (multies) from Dave. They were wild caught (F0) from Chaitika on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. I placed the order over the phone and he quickly told me what was in stock and approximately how much it would cost to ship. He shipped me the fish that day and they arrived alive and well the next morning. I wouldn't hesitate to buy from him in the future.
gsxrchris has used this retailer 2-3 times. August 17, 2007
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"This is by far one of the best cichlid shops around!!"
i stop by today and made my first purchase wow great selection and prices are great and an added bonus dave is cool and very helpful.I'm lucky enough to live in san antonio but dont get enough time to go to Daves. time to start stockin up my empty tanks now.
603Fishead has used this retailer 1 time. August 3, 2007
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"Dave's is the Best!!!"
I will say hand's down this guy does a great job!!! I ordered 30 fish for a new 130g Malawi tank - his selection and pre order advice where outstanding. I placed the order - he shipped the next morning and 24hrs later I had received very healthy - vibrant fish. Exactley the fish I had expected. I dropped them in the tank and they ALL settled in in no time. Hard to beleive they just took a 1500 mile trip. And it was 90 degree weather. His packing was excellent! His fish are very good specimens - not even one looking beat up or "tired" it's been several days now and I ( and the fish ) could'nt be happier! Thanks Dave ;-) P.S. Daves a pretty nice guy too, that's always a plus :)
has used this retailer 10 or more times. April 2, 2008
Overall Rating: 
"Great seller and quality fish.."
While shipping from San Antonio to New Jersey was ridiculously costly (~$40), the fish I got came alive, well, and promptly. Dave was courteous enough to email me as soon as he was able to determine a Pundamilia Blue Bar's sex as a male and shipped it out the next day. I must've called this guy several times asking him questions related to the Pundamilia (after receiving it) and even other fish in my aquarium and he was nice enough to give me advice and answer every question I had. This was a great first time mail order experience for fish I have had...I recommend this seller to anyone looking for fish you can't find anywhere else...
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