Where to buy?
I am looking for certain fish that my local seller does not carry, I was wondering if anyone on the this board can point me in the direction of a good online fish seller? I prefer one that more then a few transactions have been made and have a good track record of not only being known for positive transactions but selling healthy fish. Thanks for any help that can be given.
This place has a great reputation. I haven't purchased from them myself so have no personal experiences with them.
Aquarium Fish: Tropical Freshwater Fish and Saltwater Fish for Home Aquariums
Do you have any local Aquarium clubs? You might want to Google search in your area to see if you do. Will save you a ton on shipping which tends to be more than the actual fish that you purchase.
What fish are you looking for?
1- There is the Potomac Valley Aquarium Society, I would suggested going to one of their meetings or another groups meetings if there is one closer. The groups are usually Cichlid heavy.
2- Batfish Aquatics | Home Page, The owner of this site travels to different clubs in the mid Atlantic coast. Nice availabilty but I have not personally purchased fish from him. The fish he brought to a recent auction were of good quality. He is in the DC area so you may be able to pick the fish up.
3- The wet spot tropical fish store out of Portland OR. Excellent store/shipping.
4- Aquabid, read reviews of sellers and with any of the mail order fish, I would suggest waiting till it warms up and pay the extra money for over night shipping. I have purchased most of my fish from this site and it seems that people with great reviews will bend over backwards to make you happy.
5- That Fish place near Exton PA has shipped me a fish a couple times with mixed success. I put them on here because they shipped me some of the nicest looking catfish. Your so close that I would just drive to them if you can.
General Stock: Consolidated Fish Farm
Specialty / Rare: Select Aquatics
I also like Frank's aquarium in NY.He gets the weird oddballs sometimes. He has a list of fish coming in not listed on the site. He may possibly not be shipping until the weather is right. He is very particular about his fish, and treats them all before they leave. Good guy..
If you are looking for a Cichlid, your best bet is to find a local aquarium club. Any fish raised by someone local is already acclimated to your water and generally does better without the long shipping. Also, they tend to be VERY cheap. Sometimes they have non-cichlids, but generally, they sell what they raise, and cichlids are easier to raise.
A good LFS can order you something different. You pay a little more, but the better stores take on the onus of providing you with quality stock, as well as a local face to deal with if a problem occurs. However, be careful of the store that does no more than merely place the order on aquabid for you and charge a markup.
Going alone on the internet, you can find the most oddball of stock. Aquabid is the eBay of live fish... but eBay dabbles too. These provide some level of protection for the purchaser, and provides a little bit of regulation and oversight. People with a lot of positive reviews in a very short time may be plants, but sellers with YEARS of positive reviews are likely on the up and up.
There are also a few private websites of breeders of specific fishes. However, it really is the land of buyer-be-wary.
if you tell us what kind of fish you are looking for,we can help you better.
Thanks Thoth, I am still looking into Potomac Valley & The Fish Place, Batfish Aquartics just happen to be less then five minutes away :-D and they only show by appointment. My appointment is at 2pm today looking forward to it, hopefully I will come home with a pleco. I will update the forum after my visit today.
The Wet Spot looks good I like their prices if things dont work out with Batfish my next option is Wet Spot. Aquabid looks promising will keep an eye on them.
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