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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: 4.95/5.0

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  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Great packaging. Each fish in individual bag and extra water bags for padding. All arrived alive and doing well days later.
  • Rating Date: 07/21/2024
  • Order Date: 07/11/2024
  • Buyer: FishFishFish

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: All fish came on time and in excellent shape ! No poop in any of the bags and all happy and healthy and eating ! I cant wait to order more fish from Dan. Keep up the good work !
  • Rating Date: 07/20/2024
  • Order Date: 07/10/2024
  • Buyer: kevin2282

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: All arrived in excellent condition
  • Rating Date: 07/20/2024
  • Order Date: 07/02/2024
  • Buyer: joefleck

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: I will never buy fish from anyone else! Two gorgeous pairs of endlers arrived happy and healthy. Seriously don't waste your money elsewhere with the hopes some might survive. The care in packaging ... Each fish in its own bag. Never any leaks or crushed boxes.
  • Rating Date: 07/20/2024
  • Order Date: 07/06/2024
  • Buyer: Meridith

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Living in a major metro area, I’d assumed I had more local options for fish stores. Turns out, I really only have big chains near me. Which pretty much carry the same 25 or so kinds of fish. I had my heart set on an apistogramma cacatuoides, and ordering from Dan ended up being a terrific choice. Fast, safe shipping. Also, it’s nice to see his facilities on his YouTube channel - getting a peek at how dedicated he and his staff is.
  • Rating Date: 07/18/2024
  • Order Date: 07/14/2024
  • Buyer: shaunofett2

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: All but 1 Oto arrived alive and all the rest seem to be in good shape.... The 4 Killis. remaining Otos, and Hillstream Loaches are doing great...
  • Rating Date: 07/18/2024
  • Order Date: 05/26/2024
  • Buyer: dbonsanti

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Dan's fish is the gold standard for online aquarium livestock. Period. You get what you pay for and I will gladly pay slightly more knowing that my fish have been humainly sourced and that if anything doesn't go as expected, that I will have no issues working with Dan's fish to make it right. There is no reason to order from anywhere else.
  • Rating Date: 07/18/2024
  • Order Date: 07/14/2024
  • Buyer: eslmakesnoise

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: 3 months in and have not lost a single fish! I have no reason to order from anywhere else.
  • Rating Date: 07/18/2024
  • Order Date: 05/20/2024
  • Buyer: Barker76

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: 2 months in and have not lost a single fish. They came packaged better than any company I’ve used. You get what you pay for! I’m a firm believer in that and it appears they are too!
  • Rating Date: 07/18/2024
  • Order Date: 05/28/2024
  • Buyer: Barker76

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Always outstanding. Great customer service!
  • Rating Date: 07/17/2024
  • Order Date: 07/12/2024
  • Buyer: bswillis3

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Best shipping experience hands down, the package did show up an hour early so give yourself a little leeway when you’re waiting on your fish. Each fish individually packaged and very lively, a week after the fact and each fish is happy as can be colored up nicely, definitely will be ordering again, Dan and the team definitely have this process down pat, well done
  • Rating Date: 07/16/2024
  • Order Date: 07/02/2024
  • Buyer: Spulve

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: This is my third order from Dan’s and once again my expectations have been exceeded. Ordered 17 fish and they were all professionally packaged and all arrived healthy. They all colored up within minutes of being released in the tank and the majority have already started eating. Thank you once again for these beautiful fish.
  • Rating Date: 07/16/2024
  • Order Date: 07/10/2024
  • Buyer: Uh60chief

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Fish arrived in Perfect condition. Dan was able to delay the shipment until I returned from vacation; he awesome like that. Glad I always use his aquarium coop link as well.
  • Rating Date: 07/16/2024
  • Order Date: 06/30/2024
  • Buyer: Merced24

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: All fish were in great shape and are swimming away in my aquarium.
  • Rating Date: 07/16/2024
  • Order Date: 07/11/2024
  • Buyer: Joyce H

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Wow I’m really impressed. I received an email stating when my corydoras would arrive. Then when I opened the box all 6 of them were individually packed. They were all healthy and they are in their new home. I really hope they thrive and live a long live.
  • Rating Date: 07/16/2024
  • Order Date: 07/11/2024
  • Buyer: Debinsc

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Our two pea puffers arrived alive and healthy! As did our dwarf emerald danios! They are acclimating to their tanks right now. This is the first time that I have ordered fish online and it’s been a great experience!
  • Rating Date: 07/16/2024
  • Order Date: 07/07/2024
  • Buyer: JenT

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Rating Date: 07/16/2024
  • Order Date: 06/05/2024
  • Buyer: SixThreeOh

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: This was my 2nd time ordering from Dan’s Fish and won’t be my last. I received all 10 fish alive and looking healthy. I’ve ordered fish online from 3 separate sellers now, Dan’s being the first time because he seemed reputable. I tried buying from another seller who I had heard of before (admittedly because the prices were a bit lower), and i learned my lesson. With the other seller, their responses via email were short and came across as annoyed. I paid for overnight shipping and received all alive in dirty looking water, not individually packaged and unmarked as to what species of fish was in what bag. 5 of 6 of the fish of the same species died within the first two days and 1 left alive was a neon tetra, which isn’t what I paid for. From what I’ve seen, Dan himself explains why his fish are a bit more than some other sellers out there and now I know (or learned for myself) why that is: you truly get what you pay for. I had some questions on this recent order about the pseudomugil species, and again Jonny helped answer them promptly. Lastly, due to my profession, my work hours leave me with one weekday off. And (again), Dan’s Fish accommodated my request so that I could ensure I’d be home to receive the fish I ordered. Each fish is individually packaged in water that appears clean, every fish appeared healthy and every bag is clearly marked so you know what you’re getting. After a horrible experience from another online seller, I appreciate Dan’s philosophy of wanting people to receive healthy, quality fish even more now. If there’s a certain kind of fish you want and can’t find locally, I highly recommend Dan’s. Especially if health & quality of the fish as well as transparency from who you’re buying from, matter to you.
  • Rating Date: 07/14/2024
  • Order Date: 06/29/2024
  • Buyer: leea323

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Dans did t again.all fish arrived in great shape swimming around and eating the first day.Im so happy with all my purchases from Dans.this is my 3 rd order and won’t be my last.
  • Rating Date: 07/13/2024
  • Order Date: 07/07/2024
  • Buyer: Fish123f

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: I've only purchased fish online a couple times. This was my first from Dan's and I will never buy online from anyone else again. The overnight delivery is a must and the fish looked great. Good size, good color and are already thriving after a few days. Very happy customer.
  • Rating Date: 07/13/2024
  • Order Date: 07/08/2024
  • Buyer: jmingo66