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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: 4.97/5.0

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  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: This is my third order with Dan’s fish and again just a wonderful experience. The fish all look so Damn good (excuse my language)but really it’s just so great To order fish from a place and have them show up in good condition. To the whole team just keep doing what you’re doing it’s obviously working. You are appreciated. Kenny Morris Customer for life🐠
  • Rating Date: 12/06/2022
  • Order Date: 11/18/2022
  • Buyer: ynnek125@aol.com

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: A beautiful fish that came in extremely healthy. Their shipping and packaging is the best one fish per bag. All came alive, and healthy will definitely be doing business with them again. Had Thanksgiving week off and asked if they could ship it so it would arrive then, and they did, so I didn't have to take another day off much appreciated. Thank you all, and God bless you all.
  • Rating Date: 12/03/2022
  • Order Date: 11/15/2022
  • Buyer: scottrt@protonmail.com

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Absolutely by far, the highest of quality. Thanks all
  • Rating Date: 12/02/2022
  • Order Date: 12/02/2022
  • Buyer: Dano4296

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: All fish and shrimp arrived healthy and are adapting to their new environment. Packing was excellent. Great experience all around!!!
  • Rating Date: 12/02/2022
  • Order Date: 11/25/2022
  • Buyer: rdurie

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Hands down the best fish via mail experience ever! Prices were excellent, the packing was so careful and all the fish arrived live and happy. Gave them a bit of brine shrimp as a snack after they settled a bit and it was a frenzy. 100% will buy from Dan again.
  • Rating Date: 12/02/2022
  • Order Date: 11/28/2022
  • Buyer: vaporiousj

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: All 7 fish arrived in great shape. I've never had goodeids before and am very excited after seeing them in person for the first time. The temps have been below freezing here but the heat pack kept the fish nice and warm.
  • Rating Date: 12/02/2022
  • Order Date: 11/23/2022
  • Buyer: devincip12

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: I have never felt comfortable ordering fish online until I saw Dan's YouTube channel and learned what he was all about and absolutely loved what I saw and heard. Add to that, my dream fish, Phenacogrammus aurantiacus, was available in the shop along with the Aytinjo locale of Boesemani Rainbow, and I had to order some! Shipping was efficient and the fish were packed very well. They have settled in fantastically, and after only two weeks, the Golden Congo tetras were showing courtship behavior. I am beyond thrilled to have them and can't thank the team at Dan's fish enough for providing me with healthy, difficult to find fish.
  • Rating Date: 12/02/2022
  • Order Date: 11/09/2022
  • Buyer: JKwasniewski

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Really awesome stock. Cannot wait to see what they turn into
  • Rating Date: 12/01/2022
  • Order Date: 10/26/2022
  • Buyer: jjl1347

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: The fish arrived a day late due to UPS sending it to the wrong location. Due to Dan's fantastic individual packing of fish and two heat packs (that were still warm) every fish survived (30)! They colored up quickly and ate, all looking amazing (Albino Tiger Barbs, Checkered barbs).
  • Rating Date: 12/01/2022
  • Order Date: 11/18/2022
  • Buyer: bm3aquatic

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: All of my fish arrived in great shape, even with the cold Temps. Very impressed with the excellent packing/shipping of these fish - I will certainly order from again.
  • Rating Date: 12/01/2022
  • Order Date: 11/20/2022
  • Buyer: Mcguib10

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: This is my second order, I have stocked my 75 gallon with beautiful healthy fish from Dan’s Fish. My most recent order arrived well packaged and warm from the included heat packs. The fish are in fantastic shape and have settled nicely into their new home. Can’t wait to see them mature into stunning fish. I 100 percent recommended Dan’s Fish for any fish keeper.
  • Rating Date: 12/01/2022
  • Order Date: 11/12/2022
  • Buyer: AMoore

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: I have had a difficult time with Rummynose tetras over the years. I’ve tried a couple local fish stores and tried an online fish store but have only succeeded in keeping about 4 healthy Rummynose tetras out of easy 40 or more attempts. I was about to give up on them, but stumbled upon Dan’s Fish. I sent an email asking about their water parameters, watched some of their online videos, and researched a few forums. I was impressed by their process of quarantining and their excellent customer service replying to my email in leads than 24 hours. I decided to give them a try. My shipment was delayed a day, due to UPS not Dan’s and I was a little worried with previous experiences with these temperamental beauties. They arrived the next day and I opened the box to find all 10 alive and well. The individual packaging for each fish is nothing short of spectacular. I drip acclimated them and placed them in my quarantine tank. The next day their noses were bright red and they were swimming around energetically and they ate enthusiastically. I monitored them for a week+ and then introduced them to the display tank. They didn’t love the move at first but were in great shape the next morning. I am so very pleased with the quality of fish and the service I’ve received. Thank you.
  • Rating Date: 11/30/2022
  • Order Date: 11/17/2022
  • Buyer: krwjlt

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: I ordered 2 spotted congo puffers. This is a huge investment and I have always wanted to have them as the crowning jewel. They arrived in perfect condition and are truly beautiful fish. The packaging was exceptional and I couldn't be happier with my experience. I will 100% be shopping Dan's fish again.
  • Rating Date: 11/30/2022
  • Order Date: 11/22/2022
  • Buyer: Baylorguy

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Wow wish there was a higher rating. After trying to keep some panda corys THREE TIMES and having tons of bad luck from other sources, I decided to try one more time with some pandas from Dans. These fish aren't known for having great genetics & suffering terribly while in transit. I kept loosing fish around the 2-3 week mark. Well not even 2 weeks in the pandas are already spawning! These things are huge. We've nick-named the fat females "beluga" and "orca". Thanks for some really chunky, sassy corys :) Chilis are also looking really good. They took a while to calm down from shipping & eat, but they're finally exploring their little territory. They are notably young juveniles and are not adults. However, there have been 0 casualties thus far which is always a win. In general you will not find another source that packages fish so carefully, ensuring fish are destressed & at good weight/healthy, and responsibly sourced :)
  • Rating Date: 11/29/2022
  • Order Date: 11/15/2022
  • Buyer: Indy53

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Great rare fish.
  • Rating Date: 11/28/2022
  • Order Date: 11/08/2022
  • Buyer: Dominican100

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: My breeding project asked for males and females and received a good mixture of both. Thanks.
  • Rating Date: 11/28/2022
  • Order Date: 11/21/2022
  • Buyer: Dominican100

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Great looking bleeding heart platy. The aspidora are so active and showing signs of breeding.
  • Rating Date: 11/28/2022
  • Order Date: 11/17/2022
  • Buyer: Dominican100

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Great seller and healthy fish like aways.
  • Rating Date: 11/28/2022
  • Order Date: 10/06/2022
  • Buyer: Dominican100

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Both the Congo spotted puffers and the emperor tetras arrived alive and healthy. The fish have remained healthy during the past nine days. I have placed the Congo spotted puffers in a 125 gallon tank with seven Corydoras Sterbai, a group of three line pencilfish, and five alto tapiche apistogramma. So far, I have seen no problems with aggression. The apistogramma are more likely to chase the spotted Congo puffers away than the reverse.
  • Rating Date: 11/23/2022
  • Order Date: 11/09/2022
  • Buyer: pnicho50@gmail.com

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: My fish arrived looking great. As always, Dan's shipping is the best of the best. All the fish are still alive and well and living in my 55 gallon 7 weeks later.
  • Rating Date: 11/23/2022
  • Order Date: 10/02/2022
  • Buyer: gagraves814@yahoo.com