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About Us

At Dan's Fish, we genuinely care for our fish and our customers. The fish currently for sale here have been in our care for at least 2 weeks (often longer) and have been carefully quarantined, medicated, and acclimated to aquarium life and foods.

If you would like to see our fishroom and get a feel for how we do things here, please visit our Youtube channel at http://bit.ly/DansFishYouTube.

We have been keeping, breeding, importing, and shipping fish to satisfied customers since the early 1990's. We take great pride in our tried-and-true shipping methods and confidently guarantee that our fish will arrive alive. Here's a video of how we ship our fish: https://youtu.be/740BnmSkTQc

So, come on in and look around. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at hello@dansfish.com. We hope you enjoy your visit!!!

Location: Wyoming, United States

The Mission

At Dan's Fish, we are driven by our mission of humanely sourcing and transporting fish that thrive for our customers. Every decision we make and every process we implement is guided by our mission. Is this better for the fishes' well being? Will this result in healthier, happier fish for our customers? These are the types of questions we ask ourselves as we work to meet the demands of our mission.

When situations arise where decisions of mission vs. money must be made, we side with our mission. Because of this, we will never be the least expensive place to purchase fish. But that's okay. Our mission is not to be the cheapest. Rather, we are working to be the place a fish would want to be if it could choose which fish store it ended up in.

Humane Sourcing:

The aquarium fish industry was established shortly after WWII and its ethos and methods of operation have not changed much since that time. There are problems in the established industry supply chain that need to be rectified, including long transit times, overcrowding during transport, and a lack of proper quarantine procedures. At Dan's Fish, we are working to address these issues and create a more humane supply chain for the fish we sell.

Responsible Transit:

It is common for fish to change hands many times and to be moving through the supply chain's transit system for several weeks before they end up in a retail location. This results in extended periods of stress which compromise the fishes' immune systems and prevent them from thriving in home aquariums. To fix this issue, Dan's Fish purchases its stock as close to the source as possible, often dealing directly with breeders and collectors so that the fish we bring into our store are only in transit for a couple of days. This shortened supply chain reduces the fishes' stress so they arrive at our store happier and healthier.

To further ensure our fish stay healthy during transport, we have established our own import hub right next to the LAX airport. This allows us to begin caring for our newly imported fish the moment they are released from the custom's office. At our import hub, the fish are checked for health after which they receive fresh water, fresh oxygen, and are given the care they need for the remainder of their journey to our store.

Reducing Crowding:

Fish moving through the industry supply chain are often overcrowded. The more fish that are crammed into holding containers and bags during transit, the worse it is for the fish. The reason for this crowding is simple economics. Transporting a commodity is expensive, so the more of a commodity that can be moved in a single container, the better the financial return.

At Dan's Fish, we don't think of fish as commodities: We think of them as living animals that deserve respect. We have made special arrangements with several of our suppliers so that they pack fish at 50% or less of the industry's standard density when shipping to our store. This greatly reduces the amount of ammonia and other toxic wastes which build up in the transport container, greatly increasing the health and happiness of our fish. Whenever possible, this is taken a step further and our suppliers send us fish which are individually bagged. We are constantly working with our suppliers to implement better transport practices. This increases our costs, but it is a much more humane way of doing business.

Quarantine and Veterinary Care:

Normally, when fish reach a retail location, they are immediately mixed into aquariums with other fish and offered for sale without being quarantined or given time to recover from the stress of their journey through the supply chain. This form of "flipping fish" prevents them from thriving in home aquariums because, upon import, they are susceptible to disease due to stress induced immunodeficiencies.

At Dan's Fish, we don't flip fish. Upon arrival at our store, each fish is quarantined for as long as it takes them to destress from their journey, rebuild their immune systems, become accustomed to aquarium foods, and grow fat and sassy. This quarantine period usually lasts 2 weeks, but in some cases can take several months depending on the species and their condition upon arrival. We work with a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian to identify and treat issues that might arise. Fish are never offered for sale until they have been given adequate time to destress, are eating well, and have cleared their health inspection.

Healthy Environments:

At Dan's Fish, each aquarium receives a 30% - 40% water change every day. We do this because clean water is the best medicine. Fresh, clean water increases our newly arrived fishes' ability to quickly recover from their journey to our store. In addition, fresh water greatly reduces the outbreak of disease. To further prevent illness, all of our aquariums are independent systems. This means that each aquarium has its own filtration and doesn't share water with any other aquarium. This greatly reduces the risk of illnesses spreading from one aquarium to another.

Humanely Shipping to Customers:

When multiple fish are shipped in a single bag, more ammonia and other toxins are produced, stressing all the fish in the bag. If one fish in the bag dies, the effects of its decomposing body quickly kill all the other fish in the bag. The safest way to transport fish is by individually bagging them, so that's the way Dan's Fish sends our fish to our customers...one fish per bag. In addition, we have a multi-day shipping preparation process which ensures that our fish travel in clean water with plenty of dissolved oxygen to breathe. We only ship in well insulated boxes and use adequate heat or cold packs as needed to ensure that our fish do not experience intolerable temperatures during transit. Every fish is double bagged and heat sealed to ensure there are no leaks. Electrolytes are added to the shipping water to help the fish maintain osmoregulation during its journey. Fish are sent via next day delivery service so they are usually only in transit for about 18 hours, however, they are packaged so they can travel for 3-4 days and still arrive in good shape in the rare event there is a delay during shipping.

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating: 4.98/5.0

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  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Miyuki platinums and Red cherrys came in all alive and are thriving and it's only been 24 hours! Will definitely be buying more from Dan's!
  • Rating Date: 08/11/2022
  • Order Date: 07/31/2022
  • Buyer: cade967

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Gorgeous fish, great people, and fantastic selection of fish! Thanks y’all
  • Rating Date: 08/10/2022
  • Order Date: 08/05/2022
  • Buyer: Krscott112

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Outstanding customer service, shipping fish and company! Anytime there’s an issue (which rarely happens) it’s resolved. The fish are always in great condition, not malnourished and diseased like a lot of places. You can really tell they take care of their fish!
  • Rating Date: 08/10/2022
  • Order Date: 07/26/2022
  • Buyer: Krscott112

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: They all came in great shape the males colored up not long after being out in there tank
  • Rating Date: 08/10/2022
  • Order Date: 08/05/2022
  • Buyer: Joesneed

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Third time I have ordered from Dansfish and third time very happy I did. All my fish arrived happy and healthy. Dan's packaging is top notch and his stock always arrives in great shape. Finally found a source for hard to find Rainbows that delivers as promised. Keith Lehman
  • Rating Date: 08/09/2022
  • Order Date: 07/30/2022
  • Buyer: Klehman1964

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Zero flaws regarding anything about this transaction. Fish came in pristine condition and have acclimated very smoothly to a rather difficult environment.
  • Rating Date: 08/08/2022
  • Order Date: 07/26/2022
  • Buyer: nauticacat10

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: The fish arrived quickly and in great shape. Impressive packaging that was done correctly.
  • Rating Date: 08/07/2022
  • Order Date: 07/26/2022
  • Buyer: hldndwda

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Dan's Fish room has great customer service as well as they go out of their way to make sure that the fish arrive alive and healthy. I am going to be ordering from them again.
  • Rating Date: 08/07/2022
  • Order Date: 07/19/2022
  • Buyer: bigfishkayak

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Beautiful fish, great size and healthy. They all were individually bagged!! They are doing great and already eating!! I wish you carried discus also!!! Thanks, it was a wonderful experience and they arrived early.
  • Rating Date: 08/05/2022
  • Order Date: 08/01/2022
  • Buyer: Evinther

  • Rating: 4 / 5
  • Comment: Expensive shipping. Took a week to be shipped but then it was thankfully sent next-day. All five fish arrived alive even though ice pack was goopy and hot. They arrived much smaller than expected but I guess that's ok because they'll grow up. I'm a little disappointed that it looks like I was sent 5 of all the same gender but I'm crossing my fingers as they get older their appearances will change and I'll be wrong about that. They transitioned into my heavily planted tank quite well and they seem at ease. I'm glad I ordered because it's my first attempt at this species and they were kind of hard to find, but those few things made the experience less than 100%. It definitely could've gone worse though, so I'd still consider this company again in the future if they have something I want bad enough to fork over the shipping again.
  • Rating Date: 08/05/2022
  • Order Date: 07/25/2022
  • Buyer: poeticsong725

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: So many amazing species!!! Specimens looked super pretty coming out of bags, lots of them colored up instantly. Feeding only hours after leaving bags!!! Love the selection from Dansfish and the quality of fish they distribute. Wonderful customer service and very quick responses. Another great buy and another wonderful experience!
  • Rating Date: 08/05/2022
  • Order Date: 07/22/2022
  • Buyer: jjl1347

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Fish arrived really good looking, colored up right out of bag, no complaints whatsoever, overall an amazing experience. Excellent customer service and very fast replies. One fish didn't do too well after 3 days, but even then they gave me a free fish in the next order. Love these guys, great job Dansfish Team!!!
  • Rating Date: 08/05/2022
  • Order Date: 07/23/2022
  • Buyer: jjl1347

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Super ecstatic with my order, fish came in wonderful and colored up right out of the bag. I ordered three fish initially, then refunded one fish, but still got the free fish anyway, don't expect them to always do this, but was super happy with them for doing it anyway. Excellent and Speedy customer service as well.
  • Rating Date: 08/05/2022
  • Order Date: 07/28/2022
  • Buyer: jjl1347

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: All came in healthy and after a few weeks the males are starting to color up nicely
  • Rating Date: 08/05/2022
  • Order Date: 07/13/2022
  • Buyer: Joesneed

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Thank you really beautiful rainbowfish! And Extremely fast shipping they have some of the most beautiful rainbowfish here
  • Rating Date: 08/04/2022
  • Order Date: 08/02/2022
  • Buyer: Patience4334

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Received my fish today, the store was extremely accommodating when I changed my order to add more of one type of fish. I have ordered from other online stores and never have I received such a well packed order as I did from Dan’s. All the fish are super active and healthy and we’re already shifting sand within 15 minutes of putting them in their tanks. I am really impressed with the quality and health of the fish I received and the packing.
  • Rating Date: 08/04/2022
  • Order Date: 07/26/2022
  • Buyer: Kourtneynn527

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: All of my fish arrived safe and healthy. They were packaged in a very neat and humane manner. Will keep dans fish at the top pf my list for new fish orders in the future!
  • Rating Date: 08/04/2022
  • Order Date: 07/31/2022
  • Buyer: Ndronnet

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: The fish arrived the next day in excellent condition. I was surprised by the size of the rainbows, as they will likely be breeding at this size. The female LF Rosy Barbs are especially welcome, as I have been looking for females for two years to go with my males. I appreciate your professionalism!
  • Rating Date: 08/04/2022
  • Order Date: 07/27/2022
  • Buyer: Chrosomus

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Kali Tawas have settled in and are doing well. I hope there are females in the group. The males are displaying that they are ready to mate. Rice fish are showing beautiful blue colors
  • Rating Date: 08/03/2022
  • Order Date: 07/21/2022
  • Buyer: Yodakraken#1

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Dan, Thank you for your excellent packaging and customer service. We bought six Gold//Red Corydoras from Dan and they were absolutely packaged wonderfully and came in great shape. I would definitely recommend Dan's Fish to anyone looking for any type or online fish products, Steve Cowling Wisconsin
  • Rating Date: 08/03/2022
  • Order Date: 07/25/2022
  • Buyer: sscowling