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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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mmerose has used this retailer 1 time. December 15, 2019
Overall Rating: 
"Highly recommended"
I bought my first cichlids (6 similis) from Dave last week. He was great - really helpful with advice and answered my questions. The fish (also a pleco) arrived safely on a freezing cold day and they are beautiful and look very healthy. I will definitely buy from him again when I upgrade to a larger tank.
BlueSunshine has used this retailer 1 time. July 4, 2018
Overall Rating: 
"Not the best Experience."
Ordered two large groups from Dave. Most were good. The part I can't understand is the four fish in this order that were absolutely some of the worst looking fish I've seen, health and condition wise. There is no possible way anyone would consider selling these as quality fish. As expected, All fish except these four made it through quarantine and are doing great. I personally might buy from Dave again in the future, but can not recommend him to anyone for this reason.
afchlid has used this retailer 1 time. December 12, 2017
Overall Rating: 
"Very pleased!"
Ordered some multies, julies, and para cyps from Dave, it was the first time buying fish online and having them shipped. Was pleasantly please at how the whole process went down. Dave is a great guy and communicates well with his customers. He also held my fish until my tank finished cycling. Had one multi get caught in the top folds of the bag and did not survive, called Dave and he promptly reimbursed me. If you are in any way hesitant about ordering online with Dave don't be. Will definitely use him again in the future.
rookie-cichlid1978 has used this retailer 1 time. May 28, 2017
Overall Rating: 
"Excellent source especially for newbies"
Had a great experience with Dave. Patiently answered my questions and provided some ideas on species as well. Fish came safe and sound with tracking info. Even gave me an extra fish and that was also greatly appreciated!
Highly recommend and will be back for future needs!
fm1072 has used this retailer 1 time. April 18, 2016
Overall Rating: 
"Very satisfied customer!!!"
I spoke with Dave several times as I am a newbie with cichlids. He spent much time with me answering all my questions and gave me some helpful hints. Fish came on time as promised and were all in good shape. Very happy with this transaction.
dusanmal has used this retailer 1 time. March 3, 2016
Overall Rating: 
"Pleasantly surprised"
This was my first order from Dave's. I chose him both due to the positive feedback here and for the fact that he had couple of relatively rare items I wanted: Protomelas "Steveni Taiwan" and Pseudotropheus heteropictus Chizmulu. In addition to them I got some Nimbochromis Venustus and snails. I used phone ordering as every hint is given on the site that phone is preferred method. Dave was very friendly, exact and accommodating. Even underlined minute size differences (I mean, you can't have catalogue with 1.9", 2", 2.1"... fishes nor all fishes in cookie cutter sizes)-that is appreciated and above expectation. Prices were surprisingly low. Shipping cost was reasonable. Shipping overnight was exactly as stated. Packaging was beyond expectations (in a way "quadruple-safe") and with heat pack so fish arrived in currently frigid NJ nice and toasty. Most surprising was condition of the fish. Most of them were so un-disturbed and lively that I can't bring fish in a similar condition just from the LFS. All of them were excellent. So, A++ all around.
five_weight has used this retailer 1 time. November 25, 2015
Overall Rating: 
"Excellent fish, excellent experience"
Ordered 5 juvenile julie julidochromis trans/marlieri gombe and a calico BN pleco. Fish arrived in excellent condition. Definitely as big as or bigger than advertised. Dave was great to work with (I changed my order at the last minuted, which he took in stride). Shipping was fast, fish were priced very reasonably. Will definitely check his site first if I need to order again.
Fishandpitbulls has used this retailer 1 time. June 25, 2015
Overall Rating: 
"Wonderful selection and quality! "
After my experience with Dave's Rare Fish, I will be a customer for life! I set up an African Cichlid tank for my office and needed help with stocking. I wanted an all male tank with lots of color. Dave had a better selection than most any other retailer I found. I told him what I wanted and he put together a list of 20 fish for me that was absolutely perfect! Great variety, including some Lake Victorias that no one else seems to have. I paid for the fish in advance and asked him to wait until my nitrites dropped to ship them since I was doing a fishless cycle. He was incredibly patient with me. I let him know on Tuesday afternoon that I was ready, he shipped the fish on Wednesday evening and they were delivered at 10:00 am on Thursday morning. All fish were individually bagged and packaged with care. They were not just alive but active and raring to go! They're all doing really well so far. I'm so happy with every aspect of this purchase.

The only thing is that he will sometimes take a couple days to email you back, but he is always very friendly and helpful when he does respond. It seems like that's just because he is busy caring for fish and fulfilling orders. He answers his own phone when you call which is unusual for a business owner but I really appreciated that.

I highly recommend Dave for your African Cichlid needs! Can't wait to do business with him again!
bgfalcon has used this retailer 1 time. March 11, 2015
Overall Rating: 
"Great to work with, but communication could use improvement"
I ordered a total of 30 fish from Dave. All arrived healthy and hungry in below 40 weather. He was prompt in answering or returning calls, and was able to answer any question without hesitation.

Some things to note when ordering from Dave:

-You will not get email confirmation/invoice. Though, I did not ask so maybe he would if asked.

-He will hold your stock upon payment, but won't ship in winter until weather conditions are "good." This means above 20 degrees F overnight. Plan your order time (and cycle, if needed) accordingly. I ended up having to do two extra weeks of adding ammonia and daily water changes while waiting for weather.

-I did not get a tracking number when he shipped. I ended up calling to ask when they were already 90 minutes late (they were supposed to be priority overnight 10:30am delivery).

-Shipping is a little high compared to some other breeders/retailers, but stock prices are a little lower to compensate.
tandg has used this retailer 1 time. December 15, 2014
Overall Rating: 
"Couldn't ask for a better retailer"
I was initially drawn to Dave's Fish due to his extremely large stock list, fair prices, and his availability of fish in my search to stock a single species Psuedotropheus Saulosi tank. Little did I know, but I stumbled into the best fish keeping decision that I have ever made. Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish is the best online retailer I have dealt with, period. That includes ALL online retailers, not just retailers of live fish. Dave, is a one man show that not only rivals but completely surpasses any and all other customer service departments available for the purchasing of any product online. He took the time to answer any and all of my questions pre-order and most impressively he went above and beyond to ensure that I was satisfied with his product and my new fish post-order as well. I have never dealt with anyone as knowledgeable, patient or as agreeable as Dave of Dave's Fish. As for his fish, they are of the highest quality and I will no longer be using any other retailer of African Cichlids in the future. I implore anyone reading this review that is considering purchasing African Cichlids to head over to Dave's site and do business with the best the industry has to offer.
pelphrey has used this retailer 1 time. August 18, 2014
Overall Rating: 
"Ordered 32 Mbuna"
I ordered 32 Mbuna from him. He shipped a few extra. Awesome to work with and great quality fish. All arrived healthy and happy!
Lp11 has used this retailer 1 time. August 11, 2014
Overall Rating: 
"Great experience"
Very helpful on the phone. I ordered 15 demasoni and 5 yellow labs. He sent an extra demasoni. All arrived healthy. 5 months later they are all still doing well. Highly recommend.
thinderkiss65 has used this retailer 2-3 times. June 15, 2014
Overall Rating: 
"Trustworthy retailer of good quality fish."
Ordered twice in 2 weeks.
First order was for 5 juvie P.elegans "yellow tail acei", and 5 L. Caeruleus "yellow lab."
Sent 1 acei free of charge, so 6 total. =o)>
Second order was for 12 P demasoni, and 2 Ancistrus Cirrhosus "Bristlenose plecos."
All arrived healthy, hungry and curious.
MeganMcGuire has used this retailer 1 time. May 31, 2014
Overall Rating: 
"Dave is a great guy and a good business man"
I am a first time ciclid buyer and Dave was very helpful. There was a delay in their shipment (Fedex's problem) and Dave personally called to let me know he would stand behind them if they died or were fatally injured. All were fine due to his good packing.
Boe82 has used this retailer 1 time. April 30, 2014
Overall Rating: 
"very happy"
This was my first time doing online shopping for any fish, Dave's had everything I wanted and just could not beat the price, the other place I was considering purchasing from was over $150 more for the same fish and quantity. Fish look great, packaged very well, when I need anything else, he has earned a repeat customer.
crazycolt42 has used this retailer 1 time. November 23, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"First time buying online and couldn't be happier!"
Wow, I was VERY impressed with Dave's Rare fish. I ordered 12 demasoni 1+ F1's, 6 rusties, and 8 electric yellows. All the fish arrived alive and well. They are very well colored for their age. I can tell the rusties are a good strain as one of them is already sporting a nice purple hue. He even gave me a bonus Demasoni and Rusty. He did an excellent job of grouping as well. He included some demasoni that were a little bigger and one gorgeous male. he did the same with the other two species. I didn't receive just all same looking same size fish, but paid that way. Thanks so much! My family loves the fish! He was also very helpful and reassuring regarding my purchase and concerns regarding buying so many at once for a new tank. I will buy fish from him in the future and likely will not even consider anywhere else. Thanks again!
fishferfun has used this retailer 2-3 times. November 5, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Simply the best"
Having dealt with dozens of suppliers over the years; Dave is hands down the most helpful and honest of the group.
chaseyourself60 has used this retailer 10 or more times. November 4, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"A excellent source for quality fish"
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.
eelsnot has used this retailer 3-10 times. November 2, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"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.
verbal has used this retailer 3-10 times. November 1, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"great cichlid seller"
Dave's is always my first stop when looking to buy cichlids. I have always been happy with the quality and health of his fish.
m1ke715m has used this retailer 10 or more times. November 1, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"great place to buy"
i buy from dave often. he'll talk on the phone with you for a long period of time answering any questions you may have. good quality fish. love that guy. his beard.. not so much
OMY_7 has used this retailer 2-3 times. November 1, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Some of the best fishes "
Dave's fishes are some of the best fishes around you really get what you paid for awesome fishes and awesome prices I will be ordering from him a lot more real soon
Dispatch273 has used this retailer 2-3 times. November 1, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Great guy with even better fish!"
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!
gregga has used this retailer 3-10 times. November 1, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Excellent fish, even better person!!!!"
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.
malawifry has used this retailer 1 time. November 1, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"My #1 Fish Retailer"
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.
THunter has used this retailer 1 time. October 24, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"I mustve been the exception"
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
Austinite has used this retailer 1 time. October 3, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Will definately buy from Dave's again"
I ordered start up stocking for my 110 gallon from Dave's, and it was such a smooth process. Fish arrived alive & well & on time as promised. Dave was prompt and efficient. Highly recommend.
coyoteravenous has used this retailer 1 time. August 9, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"I found the needle in the haystack"
New to the hobby and starting my second tank with Cichlids, Daves was a treasured find. Informative, professional, quick delivery and fantastic post order service!
jphanton00 has used this retailer 1 time. June 29, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Pleasure To Do Business With"
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.
Trichopteran7 has used this retailer 2-3 times. December 29, 2014
Overall Rating: 
"There's a reason Dave gets great reviews"
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.
lorenzo has used this retailer 1 time. June 12, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Excellent Customer Service!!!"
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!!!
notchback65 has used this retailer 1 time. May 31, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Excellant Service....Great Looking Fish!!!!"
I placed my order with Dave,great service...he answered all my questions;and had great advice.All 33 fish I ordered arrived alive and had lots of color.I would definitely recommend Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish to everyone.
DriverChaoz has used this retailer 1 time. May 21, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Best online provider so far!"
I recently purchased a little over $600 worth of haps & peacocks total 13 fish from this provider. All larger males. I have to say I am completely amazed at the quality of fish they have sent! Daves Rare Fish will definitely be getting all of my business for now on!
skeletor18 has used this retailer 1 time. April 4, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Amazing service and fish!"
Ordered 6 fish (Travew and a Rusty). Packaging was absolutely great! The bags were tagged with their name. When I called he was busy,wrote my number and called back like he said. Accepts paypal also. Provided tracking info and I am def. going to use him again. Great selection!!
BaldyBob has used this retailer 2-3 times. February 18, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Dave's never fails"
This is the second time I have ordered from Dave and I received my new shipment of Mbuna Friday 15 and all were in great health and looked awesome. Dave as always was very helpful and patient and I will continue to do business with him.
mjcolman56 has used this retailer 3-10 times. January 23, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Dave's Does it Again!"
I had the opportunity to add some juvenile mbunas to my 75 gallon tank and as usual Dave came through.

Packaging was great and the fish arrived the next day is great shape.

Thanks again Dave!
jsteiner has used this retailer 1 time. November 8, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"Excellent Experience"
I have never ordered fish online. My selection of Malawi cichlids locally is limited. I did much research on mail order providers and decided to try Dave's. Ordered 10 fish total. They arrived exactly when promised. Although 1 did not survive, Dave handled it to my satisfaction. Most importantly to me as a consumer, was Dave's knowledge and friendliness. He walked me through a process that was new to me. I was getting ready to drop $100+ and was nervous. Overall experience was great. I'll call him again next time I need fish.
thomasj1990 has used this retailer 2-3 times. September 29, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"The BEST cobalt zebras"
I bought 160$ worth of cichlids from Dave. This guy has the best mbuna on the market. His cobalts are one of a kind and you wont find coloring like that from other companies. I'm actually in the process of ordering from him again.
Dan Gardner has used this retailer 1 time. September 1, 2012
Overall Rating: 
" Great Fish, Smooth Transaction"
I called Dave's on Wednesday night to order mbunas for my new tank. This is my first go at mbunas, and Dave took the time to work with me on species selection and general advice. The fish arrived on Friday morning, extremely well packed and active in the bags. They were curious and checking out their new home within 30 minutes after acclimating and adding them to the tank, and eating like little hogs a few hours later. They're still too young to say that they're coloring up fully or anything, but it's easy to see that they're very healthy. I'll use Dave's again, the next time I need fish.
Baggly has used this retailer 1 time. August 10, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"Dave is the Man!"
You can't go wrong with Dave's. Excellent selection, quality stock, friendly service and super fast shipping! I had fish at my door step the day after placing the order. Even in AZ's 115
*oyster has used this retailer 2-3 times. August 2, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"# 1 LEADER for all cichlid lovers!"
I purchased a variety of Tanganyika and Malawi cichlids, all 49 beautiful fish came alive in great prestige packages double bagged.

Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish has the best selection of wild and F1 African cichlids then anywhere on the web.

My cichlids were shipped five states away, the guy at the cargo receiving place knew Dave from the cichlid world and highly complimented him.

I bought cichlids from Dave two years ago and they are the best looking cichlid I have seen. I highly recommend Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish!

I have raised cichlids for 19 years, and have 135 gl., 125 gl., 50 gl.,40 gl., 20 gl. cichlid tanks.

cichlid-gal has used this retailer 3-10 times. March 9, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Dave has rocked my tanks yet again!"
Placed my very 1st mail-order though Dave's. Still have those beautiful fish and now have placed two other orders through Dave. Each order has been packaged with care, arrived the next day, and all fish have survived the trip and acclimation. Dave has excellent stock and is a wonderful retailer..often taking the time to answer questions and reply with great information. I would not hesitate to recommend Dave and his fish
Ichorid has used this retailer 1 time. April 27, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"Quality Service"
I ordered 6 Ectodus descampsii through Dave. The fish arrived on the date scheduled and were double bagged with metal clamps to prevent them from opening. All 6 are healthy and happy in there new home and look to be quality stock. Will definitely look to Dave first for future fish.
ridley25 has used this retailer 1 time. March 10, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"Great fish, great shipping, great customer service"
Dave was very helpful on the phone helping me narrow down my 5 species of mbuna (I had done a lot of homework).
He hadn't done many orders outside of the US, so he stayed on the phone the entire time it took to establish that it was possible to ship to Toronto.
Have was fastidious in making sure both the shipping and the fish had worked out as planned.
Coolie has used this retailer 1 time. March 9, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"Great Experience."
I was aprehensive about buying fish on-line for the first time. I'm glad I went with Dave. I got into Victorian Cichlids recently and they are nearly impossible to find locally. When you do find them at local fish stores, they are usually mis-identified or un recognizeable hybrids. I went with Dave because of the high ratings here at CF.com. I decided on the Kyoga Flamebacks for a species only tank. When I contacted Dave, he was friendly and explained the process well for me. It was easy to order by phone. I called on monday. My fish shipped tuesday. I had them at 10 am wednesday morning. I got a fed-ex email letting me know the shipping status so I could track. When the fish arrived, they were in great shape, the water was clean, and the fish acclimated to my cycled tank right away. The males colored up within a month and looked exactly as they should. They are beautiful. The fish began breeding at about 6 weeks and as I write, I got 2 females holding. Overall a great experience and when I start another tank, Dave will be the only retailer I deal with.
ChoxRox has used this retailer 1 time. February 21, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"Great customer service"
Ordered 10 ndumbi's that came in today. Through the process, Dave was helpful. He didn't make me feel like I was wasting his time, like other fish sellers do.
The fish came in great condition, and I can't wait to get them in their tank and ready to go! Will order from again.
dovetail has used this retailer 2-3 times. February 1, 2012
Overall Rating: 
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.
Edmalawi has used this retailer 3-10 times. December 19, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"good fish good price"
Dave has interesting stock with a good balance of haps, mbuna, and tangs. He sells fry and larger fish as well. I have been happy with what I have bought.
EpicCichlids has used this retailer 1 time. September 25, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Just a great place!"
Dave is a great and knowledgeable guy. The fish were in great condition and expertly packed when I got them. Highly recommend!
ksellers has used this retailer 2-3 times. August 29, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Great place to trust"
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!
Deryni has used this retailer 1 time. July 19, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Great Experience!"
Ordered my first cichlids from Dave. Fish shipped @ 5:00PM.. had them the next day before 11:00AM. Packing was great, all the fish arrived in good shape and our still doing fine.

Would order from him in the future.
beasterman1 has used this retailer 1 time. July 8, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Awesome Experience"
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.
areuben has used this retailer 1 time. May 17, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Very impressive transaction"
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
jamesd has used this retailer 2-3 times. May 6, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"a great guy to deal with!!!"
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!!
fulu-1 has used this retailer 3-10 times. April 21, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"use this guy"
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.
friedmbuna1 has used this retailer 1 time. March 23, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Highly Recommended!!"
I was searching high and low for some adult Jalo Reef and Dave was the only retailer I could find with them in stock. While I was at it I also ordered some rustys.

I received the fish the next day and I'm very please with finally getting my coveted adult Jalos also Dave threw in a monster male rusty!!

My stock list is finally complete. Thanks Dave!
podenbeck has used this retailer 2-3 times. March 11, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Great online dealer"
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.
Ed McCoy has used this retailer 1 time. February 2, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Outstanding Customer Service Experience"
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.
ramcrazy has used this retailer 1 time. January 30, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Great service!"
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!
mjcolman has used this retailer 2-3 times. February 25, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"Excellent Service Every Time!"
Jan 2012

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,

December 2011

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!
dwcommerford has used this retailer 3-10 times. September 7, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"Highest Quality-Largest Stock List-Very Helpful Service"
*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
Aimara has used this retailer 2-3 times. December 20, 2010
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"Dave is the only place to get africans"
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!!!
hefe has used this retailer 2-3 times. December 12, 2010
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Im a cichlid newb and have ordered all my fish from Daves,(3 orders so far) they look great! He answered the phone every time I called and was always friendly. He is great to do business with!
ebjdftw has used this retailer 1 time. November 14, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"dave's the man"
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.
BusterBird has used this retailer 1 time. October 19, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Great place to get beautiful fish!"
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.
chefrific has used this retailer 1 time. September 8, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Excellent! Will order again!"
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.
GoofBoy has used this retailer 2-3 times. August 27, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Another excellent transaction"
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.
Godsten has used this retailer 1 time. August 25, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Great Shop"
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.
Gary Hjelm has used this retailer 2-3 times. August 17, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"A geat place to buy Cichlids"
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.
ewueagle has used this retailer 1 time. July 25, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Amazing fish and customer service."
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.
cjacob316 has used this retailer 2-3 times. May 24, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"great service and fish"
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
Madhun has used this retailer 1 time. March 24, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Excellent service,fast,professional ship."
Dave didnt disappoint!He also sent an extra fish,and at $15.00ea,thats a nice gesture.Professional packaging with heatpack.
steellugged has used this retailer 3-10 times. March 18, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Smoothest Fish on the Market"
Once again, Dave’s beat my expectations on every level – excellent selection, superb customer service, and the absolute best packaging I’ve seen (I’d trust them shipping my Grandmother’s priceless china across the country). All of my fish, including the freebies Dave’s threw in, jumped into my tank perfectly alert and ready to feed … no noticeable jetlag from their long journey from TX. Also, I love Dave’s newsletter which alerts me to the latest “must-have” arrivals. In terms of livestock, I’m not aware of another seller who keeps the breadth/depth and quality of inventory (including many rare and wild caught varieties) that Dave’s keeps on hand; not once have I been told that a fish listed on their website is “out of stock.” How refreshing is that?

Read all of the positive reviews about Dave’s Rare Fish if you have any doubts about who’s consistently the best livestock retailer out there.
sick-lid_dude has used this retailer 1 time. March 18, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Don't settle for less, buy from the best!!!"
Dave's made my first mail order a great one, I won't go any where else for stock again.
BrotherBobL has used this retailer 3-10 times. March 7, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Great Guy, Great Fish"
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
Tinga has used this retailer 1 time. February 12, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Firts Time Buyer HEAVEN!"
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!!
why_spyder has used this retailer 1 time. February 10, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Great Retailer All-Around"
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.
LT-SS has used this retailer 1 time. February 10, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Great to deal with!"
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
Overall Rating: 
"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.
scdeb424 has used this retailer 1 time. January 20, 2010
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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.
hollyfish2000 has used this retailer 2-3 times. March 16, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Great experience Part 2!"
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.
prov356 has used this retailer 3-10 times. August 2, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"Quality experience and 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.
msleber has used this retailer 1 time. November 19, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"Simply put, call Dave"
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.
JoAnn has used this retailer 2-3 times. October 7, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"Great Fish"
Dave helped me get my first cichlids, great fish, he is very helpful. Aways there to answer questions. Some really nice fish in the store.
sharonjean43 has used this retailer 1 time. October 7, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"Fish arrived today! Dave was great!"
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.
snakeskinner has used this retailer 3-10 times. October 4, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"Better have some extra tankspace"
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.
DanJI has used this retailer 10 or more times. September 30, 2009
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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.
DrgRcr has used this retailer 1 time. August 29, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"Outstanding 1st Experience"
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.
CrabbyMatty has used this retailer 1 time. August 21, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"Fantastic Experience"
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!
daboccardo has used this retailer 2-3 times. August 14, 2009
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WOW!!! Nice fish!!!!
Dave: Thanks for the help, Calvus look amazing!!!
Everything arrived looking great; they even munched some food right away
The eels look cool, my new favorite oddity in the tank!
ksettle has used this retailer 1 time. August 3, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"Dave's Rare Fish Aquarium Superb"
Visited Dave's Rare Fish in June. http://www.gcca.net/gccaforum/index.php?topic=1162.0
Astounded at the numbers of fish/aquariums/species. He gave me a tour and assisted with species suggestions as well as references back to his many books for additional information. Really amazed. He helped me put together a recipe for my tank that is going great and continues to assist when asked by e-mail. I wasn't able to take in all of his shop while we were there but look forward to another trip.
alishanaquasoc has used this retailer 1 time. June 15, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"Top Victorians"
I purchased a group of three different Victorians from Dave - Dayglows, Red Tail Shellers and Rubys. All came in great shape with top of the line packaging.
Dave has the best Vic selection that I have ever seen and I will definitely buy again.
Thanks Dave!!
Longstocking has used this retailer 1 time. June 14, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"Very Organized and Professional."
I have put together quite a few group buys over the years. This was my first time ordering from Dave. I was quite impressed with how well organized the shipment went. The fish I ordered were in great shape and quality. They are now enjoying their new home. Thanks again Dave, I'll be back.
jroo99 has used this retailer 1 time. June 14, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"Dave's is the best"
I got my order in today and all the fish were in excellent shape. His selection of Mbuna were just unbelievable. I spoke to Dave on the phone and he is extremely freindly and knowledgable. Did I mention the colors! Thanks Dave!
gmoses has used this retailer 1 time. June 13, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"Great, quick responses and very helpful"
Real happy with the fish and the whole process... Overall great experience
Fischfan13 has used this retailer 1 time. June 13, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"A Gem In The Hobby"
From the first moment that you speak with Dave you know that you are dealing with a class act. We did a group buy that spanned two airport...yes, two airports, and everything was perfect. My order included Mbuna, Vics and Synodontis...and I am not sure which group I am happiest about as they are ALL stunning looking fish.
Dave, thanks, you have a customer for life!
football mom has used this retailer 3-10 times. February 27, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Great, either in person, or shipping"
I've had fish shipped from Dave's several time, and purchased fish in person, great service, quality fish, and helpful and friendly.
Sir Knight has used this retailer 1 time. April 17, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"8 Xystichromis phytophagus Christmas Fulu fry"
purchased 8 Xystichromis phytophagus Christmas Fulu fry from Dave, Nice fish, very good packing and excellent communications. Will buy again without question
Marylandwahoo has used this retailer 1 time. April 17, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"Store Visit"
Just got back from a trip to San Antonio and made trip to Daves store...If you are ever there, I HIGHLY recomemnd stopping by. It is definitely no frills, only fish and mainly if not totally cichlids. Tanks were in excellent condition, and the selection and prices were amazing. And Dave is just an awesome guy. Very helpful and knowledgeable. I did not buy anything this trip, but I will be back in December and will definitely be getting something
cichlids rock has used this retailer 1 time. April 14, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"the best"
this was the first time i ordered fish online and Dave was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. the fish arrived healthy and looked very good. only online store i will deal with for fish he has a great selection and is very good about setting up ship dates with you and tries to save you money where he can. what can i say Dave is the best
howwemalawi has used this retailer 2-3 times. March 27, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"Great place"
I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! I live in florida and I alway get my stock quickly and alive. All the fish that I have been looking for, for the past year that no breeder in florida has, dave has!!!!
chris777 has used this retailer 1 time. February 19, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"Great Place"
Got my order in yesterday and all of them are doing great. I will be ordering again. :)
guarddog5 has used this retailer 3-10 times. March 9, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"Great place to satisfy your african cichlid fix!"
Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish is an awesome place to visit. Too bad the shop is in Texas, I live in Maryland. Dave is friendly and answered all my questions while I was visiting San Antonio on a business trip. The fishes shipped via Southwest Airlines and into my tanks with zero losses. It was a pleasure do business with him!
CichlidWhisperer has used this retailer 2-3 times. January 23, 2009
Overall Rating: 
"Simply The Best!!!"
What more can I say... The best I have ever dealt with for knowledge, variety, quality, and definitely professionalism and customer service. Well worth the price of shipping!
jt_shaver has used this retailer 1 time. December 3, 2008
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I haven't even made it to San Antonio yet, but already Dave has another loyal customer! He offered to babysit my fish for me there until I arrive and has since received my shipment and is holding my stock of fish as I write. Extremely friendly, knowledgable, and he bends over backward to help out his fellow aquarists in need.
AlienAnchovies has used this retailer 1 time. November 14, 2008
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walked into the shop today and amazed at the variety of fish many of which I've only seen in books and read about online not to mention every fish looked well fed and healthy
ill think i make this my primary lfs due to the selection, prices, and overall health of the stock.
LadyBarbara001 has used this retailer 10 or more times. November 8, 2008
Overall Rating: 
"As good as it gets"
Dave is a teacher. He never seems impatient to answer questions, and would rather you not buy something that isn't suitable. His store is amazing, and easy to spend hours just looking. Clean, well kept tanks with healthy fish...find that somewhere else!

Thanks Dave!
Joephish has used this retailer 3-10 times. October 9, 2008
Overall Rating: 
"Lucky to be in San Antonio"
I've been to Dave's a couple of times now, and I have to say his shop is sparkling clean. I've never seen a sick fish, and the selection is second to none. I am lucky enough to have this guy in my backyard, but even if I lived on the other side of the country, I'd want to do business with him. If you need a fish that he doesn't have he can probably order it for you.
redstallion02 has used this retailer 1 time. September 2, 2008
Overall Rating: 
"No worries with Dave"
My first mail order for fish and after reading horry stories all over I was a little worried about choosing the right place.

Dave's is that place. Great selection of fish. Awesome person to deal with. I wish he was closer to me since shipping to MI is a bit high but he can not control that, it is well worth it. Just had to make my order bigger.

I will be ordering more fish and they will come from Dave.
TeamFOS has used this retailer 2-3 times. July 15, 2008
Overall Rating: 
"THE Best!"
You will not find a better guy then Dave! He is the nicest and easiest guy to deal with for livestock. Also pricing is high, but quality is worth it. You know what they say "you pay for what you get" Fish I got were awesome! Thanks Dave, and will order again!
cledus has used this retailer 10 or more times. July 2, 2008
Overall Rating: 
Rare applies in more than one way. Besides the great selection and quality of fish, rare applies to how the store is operated. It's rare to go into any type of store and find someone who knows their stock, knows how that stock interacts in various environments, treats you like a friend, and doesn't try to sell you anything and push you out the door. A great place I'd recommend to anyone.
lucky7jjp has used this retailer 3-10 times. June 16, 2008
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daves is one of the only places i buy fish at.his veriety of fish is awesome...the knowlage is just as good.good prices on fish and rocks....
cichead has used this retailer 3-10 times. June 16, 2008
Overall Rating: 
"Like doing business with a friend!"
You know that feeling of confidence that you won't get burnt when you make a trade or purchase from a friend? I have that confidence with every order. I never worry about getting hybrids or mis-identified fish and I never worry about having fish shipped to Iowa. His prices are great too. I don't know the exact total but he's shipped me around $2000 in fish. The fish are always properly labeled, double bagged, and have always arrived alive. Not once have I ever lost a fish with Dave. Be it in the freezing cold of an Iowa winter or the middle of the summer I know Dave will get them to me safe and sound.

Dave's selection of stock is one of the best I've seen online. Many rare and hard to find fish frequent his stock lists. The stock list on his website isn't all inclusive either so if you don't see what you're looking for give him a call. If he doesn't have it, he can probably track it down. Just the other day I was placing an order and we got to chatting about fish. Long story short, he had in stock 6 of exactly what I wanted and in a nice M/F ratio to boot. It's worth it to call and he's always been nothing but professional, courteous, and patient on the phone.

I'll be placing an order with him soon and I can't wait to hear him say, "Guess what just came in! Some..." If you do business with Dave often enough you find that what just came in is exactly what you've been looking for!
Mullet has used this retailer 10 or more times. June 6, 2008
Overall Rating: 
"Meets all my needs"
Dave has a very nice shop. Everytime you walk in you can find some gems. Dave is a hobbyist as well as a store owner. He carries the bread and butter stock and then a whole lot more. How many stores can you walk into and see a tank of Pungu maclareni for sale. In addition, Dave is a friend to the hobbyist. He knows what we are looking for and many times Dave has called up and said, "guess just what came in"?? The fish you had been looking for. His professional demeanor and friendliness has made him a lot of friends and created a lot of connections, which is good for all of us.
x-ingover has used this retailer 10 or more times. May 21, 2008
Overall Rating: 
"The ONLY place to buy!"
Dave has an awesome selection of top quality fish. His stock changes all the time, so there's always something new & exciting at the store. Outstanding service with really great products at low prices makes for a great company to do business with.
wsa88 has used this retailer 2-3 times. April 22, 2008
Overall Rating: 
"Great Selection"
Once again I turned to Dave's Rare fish. And again I couldn't be more happier. Awesome selection of fish, great service and a very nice guy. Will continue to order more fish from him when I get some more tanks going. Quality of fish is top notch. Nothing but good things. Thank you once again Dave.
DMWave45 has used this retailer 1 time. March 19, 2008
Overall Rating: 
Ordered 16 fish from dave's a few weeks ago and the service was first rate. All of my fish arrived alive, healthy, and good quality. I ordered from here even though the shipping costed a little more than some places that are closer to where I live. It's worth it! Highly reccomended.
spideyclone has used this retailer 3-10 times. March 12, 2008
Overall Rating: 
"This place is the best!!!!!"
I really think that it would be unfair to compare any other mail-order to Dave's. The friendliness is unrivaled...the quality of stock is fantastic...the shipping method is impeccable...and if that wasn't good enough, he has sent me more fish than I have ordered nearly every time. This is a class act establishment and deserves every bit of respect in the cichlid community.
willyt has used this retailer 10 or more times. November 1, 2008
Overall Rating: 
"" A RARE Medium, well done!" "
Recently moved from Pensacola to San Antonio, having retired fm the Navy. I was anxious to set my 90 back up. I had only been here a day and was not familiar with the area so off to the LFS i went for water treatment. Lucky for me the lady that was in the fish dept was cool and we started speaking of cichlids. She directed me to Dave's. I was extatic. I had seen his add here on CF but forgot he was here in San Antonio.... anyway, I was greeted by a big smile and a friendly, informative presentation of store. I told him I wanted to change from Malawi to Tangs and we enthusiastically commenced to filling plastic bags with some of the most wonderful species available. It was truly a great experience and having met Dave and seeing the quality of his entire stock and just the way I was treated, would whole heartedly recommend Dave's to my friends, without hesitation! Great guy, great fish, great service! Thank you, Dave! All my fish are doing great, thriving.
goose8651 has used this retailer 1 time. January 30, 2008
Overall Rating: 
"Great Business"
I purchased 12 fish from Dave and he answered all of my questions.
I ordered larger size fish so I could sex them. I was expecting them to be about 2-3" in size, which is what his site said. When I received them, the males were a good 4" in length. I could not believe it. I will defintely be using him again.
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
Overall Rating: 
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
Overall Rating: 
"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
Overall Rating: 
"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...
masoni has used this retailer 3-10 times. July 14, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Great Selection, Great Prices, Great Knowledge"
I've been following Dave for years and now I'm priveledged to have him right down the road in San Antonio. He knows a lot about cichlids and is very helpful with advice and recommendations. With his prices and selection, there's no need to go anywhere else.
mbunagirl has used this retailer 1 time. June 28, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Excellent Job!"
Excellent mailorder site. I have just placed my first order and it was first rate! The fish were in excellent shape and they arrived right on time. He has the best selection I have ever seen. I ordered two marmalade cats and they are beautiful, I have never seen one "in person" before, I just do not see the selections, he has,anywhere locally. I will definitely order again. Kudos to Dave's!!!!!
ciclasoman has used this retailer 3-10 times. June 27, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"prime fish selection accompanied with detailed knowledge of many cichlids"
I have visited many fish stores but Dave's is far from a business, this man is a walking cichlid encyclopedia, very approachable to share his experiences about my favorite habit (Madagascar cichlids). His fish stock is well maintained and he offers quite a great variety. I particularly enjoy being able to special order rare fish at a very reasonable price.
sir_blackhole has used this retailer 3-10 times. June 27, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Absolutely one of the BEST!!!"
Dave is a super friendly guy and his store has an excellent selection full of quality fish. If you need it, he's got it! Great supporter of local club. If you have a chance to stop by his place be sure and DO IT. You wont be disappointed! His shop is 3 hours away from me but its always worth the drive.
Shayman10 has used this retailer 1 time. June 26, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Great selection and very friendly!"
Left a message. Dave promtly called back and I placed my order. All 18 fish showed up alive and in OK shape. A week later they are all doing GREAT!!
Earitt has used this retailer 1 time. May 5, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Perfect fish, oerfect transaction!"
Dave was fabulous. Quality fish, expert packing, all you could ask for. Thanks, Dave!
texasweld has used this retailer 1 time. April 5, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"totally awsome"
lucky for me i live in san antonio, cause his store is the best. see u next time dave and thanx
sero73 has used this retailer 2-3 times. April 3, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"nice guy, great resource!"
This is an individual who will spend time understanding what you want and give you ideas. He will also but up front with you regarding which species work together and which do not. I have found my one stop cichlid shop!
Rather has used this retailer 10 or more times. April 2, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Truly special / A must call "
Look, I know there are at least several excellent options for sellers of African cichlids available, but in my book Dave's Rare edges out the competition. It is debatable which retailer is the best, and there can never really be 1 answer, but that said, there is no question - in any, way shape or form - that Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish is one of those truly special sources for high quality and harder to find cichlids. Reviewers before me have showered Dave with accolades for his service and willingness to help. They are all correct, without exaggeration. Not one bit.

What amazes me in addition to the above is to find such a knowledgable and passionate advocate of African cichlids in this day and age of high tech, big business, bottom line driven organizations that really couldn't care less about what you think so long as you buy. Dave has talked me OUT of buying certain fish that I wanted almost as much as he encouraged me to buy other ones. Wow.

I am embarrassed to admit that I have purchased supplies from those hollow, corporate big business types but not fish. Not ever again. Dave gets my business when it comes to fish. Period.

It is truly an honor (and distinct pleasure) to support someone like Dave in his relentless pursuit of providing high quality fish, driven to be the best not for the money but because it is his passion.

Well done, Dave. /rather
doorfish has used this retailer 1 time. March 29, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Place Order Here"
I just received some Africans I ordered from Dave and I am very pleased!This was my 1st order from him and won't be my last.Dave has a genuine concern for his fish as well as the purchaser!Dave is very knowledgable and extremely helpful.Dave asked that I call him when I received the fish and let him know what I thought of them and I did!I don't know what else to say other than Dave has a another customer for life!!
NASCAR2 has used this retailer 10 or more times. March 23, 2007
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I live an hour away from the store and drive down just to buy flake food when it need it. The selection of African Cichlids is the best I've ever seen. Everytime I goto Daves store there are new fish to awe over. Dave is a great guy too. Give his place a try, you will not be dissapointed.
jb1edlover has used this retailer 10 or more times. March 22, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Want fish? Look no further!!"
I live about 2 miles from Daves store. His store is so good the property value in the area just went up. Seriously, I know he's just up the street but that isn't why I shop at Daves. NO OTHER fish store in San Antonio or Austin can compare to the selection and the customer service you'll get from Daves. I've been to other stores and they push, push and push you to buy as much as they can. Not Dave, he's probably talked me out of buying more fish than my wife has...if that's possible. Dave's prices are great too, and I've been to many other stores in South Texas. Dave doesn't just sell fish, he sells friendships. So give Dave a chance, you'll save some money, get great fish and make a friend. You can't put a price on that.
jeffro has used this retailer 10 or more times. March 20, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Excellent Store, Great Service"
You won't find better service at a store. Dave always takes the time to answer any and all questions, whether you buy from him or not. Best selection of fish I have seen. Great job Dave!
texastang has used this retailer 10 or more times. March 18, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"All you could ever ask for...and then some!"
If you want it, Dave's got it. The most varied selection, the healthiest stock, the best service, hands down. He has a wealth of knowledge from many years of working with cichlids, and seems to really enjoy taking time to answer questions and share his experience to give everyone the best chance at being successful with whatever fish they're interested in. Dave has so many species that rare barely begins to describe, including several that are endangered or nearly extinct in the wild in an attempt to bring awareness and get more hobbyists interested in breeding them and playing an active part in their longterm survival. He is also very conscientious about using proper scientific names, where so many dealers do not seemed concerned about keeping up with recent changes. I honestly can't say enough good things about this guy and his store. I am so lucky to live within an hour's drive and can spend time walking the rows and rows of awesome stock regularly, but Dave's shipping is excellent too. Call him for the latest availability and don't be shy about asking for that dream fish you never thought you would find. Chances are Dave can get it. He's an honest businessman and has an amazing network of sources available to him. (That and a little pure magic helps him get in what few others can.) I'm sure it sounds too good to be true, but I promise if you give him a try, you'll be a customer for life too.
mitch91175 has used this retailer 1 time. March 18, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Great Fish Selection.. Period!!"
Stopped by Dave's store while I was in San Antonio. All I can say is WOW!! I am not as experienced as some here, but I will say, he by far has the biggest and best selections that I have seen from any LFS that I have been in. Dave was friendly and knowledgeable. He cichlids all were healthy and I just loved the variety. I spent about an hour in the store just looking around at the possibilities. He had a beautiful afra that I tried to get him to sell me (it was his personal stock). I would definitely recommend using his services.
Xenoterranos has used this retailer 2-3 times. March 18, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Dave's great, Awsome Store."
Seriously, well over a hundred tanks when we has them all up and running. If you're ever in San Antonio, you won't regret stopping by. Went in with a list of fish AND questions, and he took care of everything. He asked a lot of questions about my tank, almost like he wanted to make sure my tank was going to be a healthy place for his fish :)
Overall, a top notch store with an insane selection.
dwschacht has used this retailer 3-10 times. March 16, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"He loves his fish"
If I had not seen the care that Dave takes with each and every fish, I would not believe it myself. Every fish in his store is treated as his personal pet. The care that he gives them is better than what I have seen in any other store in my lifetime. I will buy my Cichlids from him in the future.

When I entered the store, he asked me what setup I had and what I wanted to do, he made sugestions and even told me not to buy a bristlenose pleco because it was too small. (I have a crayfish and he said that the pleco would not be safe enough until it was larger.)
shelload has used this retailer 3-10 times. March 15, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Dave's is a 11 in my book"
On a scale of 1 to 10 Dave's has to be an 11. Dave has lots of fantastic Cichlids, Synodontis catfish and plecos. The selection is just unbelievable. He has from fry to adult breeders of most Africans and if he is out of something it doesn't take long to get in what you need.
His selection of Holey Rock is like no other along with his driftwood.
Dave is the most knowledgable person as far as fish go that I have ever met. I am constantly asking questions and he is happy to answer any questions or identify any fish that I may send a pic of.
As far as Africans, South Americans, Central Americans and New world Cichlids I would have to say that he ranks up on top, especially in San Antonio. There is no one that compares.
Plus Dave is just a great young man that has been working hard at his retail and online business.
RAPAHOLIK_210 has used this retailer 3-10 times. March 15, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"great fish great guy a+++"
dave is a great guy and full of fish knowledge. very very informative and has an awsome selection of the best quality fish from africans to s/a and c/a cichlids and even rare cats and plecos.hands down best LFS in the TEXAS region. will do business again and again!!!
even if i didnt live in san antonio i would still do business.
frschul has used this retailer 1 time. February 22, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Great Guy, Great Fish, Knowledgeable dealer"
Dave is an easy person to work with, Fish were nice and I would deal with him again... Fish came in "A OK".
clark4makk has used this retailer 1 time. February 6, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Great place to get quailty fish!!!"
Dave enjoys what he does and it shows in his knowledge and willingness to share it with his customers. He has a great selection of fish with great pricing. I will be getting all my fish from Dave in the future.
aania777 has used this retailer 3-10 times. January 31, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Dave's Rare Fish is the best..Look no further"
I have ordered from Dave at least 5 times and will not order from anyone else. The selection is second to none and Dave is always willing to take time out to discuss the hobby and make recommendations. I have learned that when Dave tells you something, or gives a recommendation you can take his words to the bank. If you have not ordered from Dave, what are you waiting for? If you have ordered in the past, but not recently, do yourself and your tank a favor, drop what you are doing and place an order right now. I can't say enough good about Dave and do him and his business justice. In the rare occasion that Dave does not have a specimen that you are looking for, he will make every effort to obtain the fish and will drop you an email when he finds it. Dave's brand of service blows all other out of the water. I wish every business dealing in my life was as enjoyable as the dealings that I have, and will continue to have with Dave!
jeffmo78 has used this retailer 1 time. December 18, 2006
Overall Rating: 
"Thanks Dave!"
Great guy! Great fish! Very professional and a honest business man as well. Will be a repeat buyer no doubt about it. If you're new in the hobby or are tired of getting ripped off give this guy a call he will treat you right!
bigvisk has used this retailer 1 time. October 27, 2006
Overall Rating: 
"Great fish Great service"
Dave was a pleasure to do business with. he has the largest stock list i have seen. he shipped promptly and the fish were in excellent shape upon arrival. i would recommend looking over the stock list and calling him, email is ok, but so much slower, just call and talk to him. he was very helpful and provided plenty of information, answered all my questions and i will definetly buy from him when setting up my next tank. the price is fair, its no discount, but its fair. thanks dave, you have one more satisfied customer to add to your list, and ill be back.
has used this retailer 1 time. October 3, 2006
Overall Rating: 
"Exquisite fish and great businessman"
Dave was great. Answered all my questions. Ordered 6 S.multipunctatus, all arrived alive and healthy with brilliant markings. Will definetely shop with Dave again. Thanks Dave
netman1969 has used this retailer 1 time. August 18, 2006
Overall Rating: 
"Absolutely Outstanding!"
Just met Dave for the first time today at his new store. I was absolutely shocked by the quantity and quality of his selection of fish, it is... in a word... amazing! I spent well over an hour there just visiting with Dave, asking questions, and admiring the fish. As a longtime customer of another local store, I believe I have found a new supplier, hangout, and friend. If you're looking for a knowledgable, professional hobbyist who also happens to own a fish store, this is him.
BigRed has used this retailer 1 time. September 5, 2006
Overall Rating: 
"The absolute best!"
Daves Rare aquirum fish is a top notch facility. I have bought fish from sevral different sources and Dave ranks up there with the best!
The communication with Dave is excellent. I know I called him over 10 times regarding my order and everytime he was pleasent and professional. When you see the "rare" in Daves rare Aquarium fish, it is just that! He was able to obtain a fish for me that most people would not even believe existed. So if you are looking for the truly "rare" stuff and want to deal with a gentleman that will accept nothing less than the highest quality fish and products I stongly recomend using Dave. If there is a fish you want and it's not on his website...shoot him an email. Dave is connected. Dave is honest and Dave will only send you the highest quailty. The packaging that my fish came in was extrodinary! I think my fish would have survived a week in transit. I will certainly buy from Dave again and recomend him as one of the best in the United States. Within the next 1-3 years I see Daves buisness growing and if you have been into cichlids for a long time then you understand that reputation is everything! I have a degree in Biology myself and Dave also holds a degree I think it may be Biology as well. He knows what he's talking about and from an academic stand point, he's right on! He is far from the guy trying to hustle quanity out of a basement. Botttom line-He Knows and Cares greatly about the integrity of this hobby!
Intermingl has used this retailer 10 or more times. March 15, 2007
Overall Rating: 
If you like cichlids....Dave's is the place to be.....

Huge numbers of fish and tanks....lots of rock....unbelievable selection....orders regularly....

Dave was very knowledgeable, and willing to answer questions and jus shoot the breeze about fish......awesome.....this is also a local store for me......lucky me....i will be in there regularly and so should everyone else

also has online ordering and ships to your door, for all of you that don't live in Texas
Intermingl has used this retailer 2-3 times. July 30, 2006
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Finally found Dave's place. took me a couple times. But now that there is a sign on the door it was a sinch..

Huge numbers of fish and tanks....lots of rock....unbelievable selection....orders regularly....

Dave was very knowledgeable, and willing to answer questions and jus shoot the #%$& about fish......awesome.....this is also a local store for me......lucky me....i will be in there regularly and so should everyone else
Absolut101 has used this retailer 1 time. July 17, 2006
Overall Rating: 
"Great selection, huge store"
More tanks than you can count, endless selection. Dave was very knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. Local store for me, so no shipping required (lucky I guess!!). Fish are healthy, happy, and look great in my tank. Thanks again Dave.
thefish has used this retailer 1 time. July 13, 2006
Overall Rating: 
"Planning on buying again."
I ordered 10 N. stappersi from Dave. My questions were answered promptly and ordering was a breeze. If your looking for some not so common fish (He has more common species too) buy from this guy. He even gave me 2 extra! All the fish were healthy and found shells instantly.
misterted has used this retailer 3-10 times. November 2, 2013
Overall Rating: 
After being an Armke's customer previously and dealing with Dave I decided to give him a try. He was extremely helpful, he shipped on time and the fish were of excellent quality. Pricing is good for retail as well. All in all I am a happy camper. Thanks Dave!
angyeblue has used this retailer 2-3 times. August 25, 2006
Overall Rating: 
"Phenomenal Service & Quality"
Buying from Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish was my first experience having fish shipped across country. Not only was Dave a super nice and very knowedgable guy when I called to request the Acei's (I have been searching for them locally for months!), he was very kind and made me an offer I couldn't refuse : )

The fish arrived in perfect condition, much more beautiful and healthier than I expected. The quality of his stock was incredible, and I couldn't be more pleased! I would recommend Dave's store to everyone.

Definitely, Dave has me as a loyal customer for many years to come... or until my husband notices that my fish tank in the foyer keeps getting bigger (along with his Visa bill-hehe) and that there are a lot more eyes staring back at him when he does look at my aquascaping. (For the record, when I received the fish from Dave's, it took my husband a week to notice there were five additional beauties begging for food when he walked by :-)

Thanks a lot Dave!


--> Yet again, Dave exceeds my expectations! I had to have more Ps. Acei from the Luwala Reef and he had them ready for me ASAP! All arrived safely, in perfect condition! Dave is "The Go-To-Guy" when you need to find that Perfect Fish! Thank you for the PHENOMENAL service, Dave! Angela
Drakken has used this retailer 1 time. June 22, 2006
Overall Rating: 
"Very good vendor!"
I bought from Dave when it was Armke's. Dave answered all my questions and was very helpful. The fish I got were all excellent!
gryhouse has used this retailer 10 or more times. May 31, 2006
Overall Rating: 
"Best in the business"
This store, formerly Armke's, is still in the start up stage. But don't worry - in no time the stock will surpass what was available before! I live close and go by often to look and help out. The fish stock is amazing and getting better each day. Dave is one of the most knowledgeable people in the hobby and only deals in the best quality of fish. Give him a try and you will soon use him for your source with all of your cichlids (African, South American, Central American, Madagascan, etc.).
has used this retailer 3-10 times. May 26, 2006
Overall Rating: 
extremely knowledgeable guy, attended a university for the field/hobby.
he will bend over backwards to make sure the customer is happy and enjoys their purchase and will return again. he's taken over Armkes, thank god! he was the only person I'd go to there and recomended him to many across the states as I do now. he knows his stuff and cares about the hobby not just the $ !!! cant say that about many lfs these days!
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