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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 dan@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 any 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

There are 315 reviews: see them all!


  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: fish arrived on time, full of color and very active, professional packed .
  • Rating Date: 01/15/2022
  • Order Date: 12/27/2021
  • Buyer: Andy21

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: If I could give them a 10, I would do it. This has been the best online fish purchase experience I've ever had in my 1 year in the hobby. I ordered and received a beautiful 4+ inch Red Shoulder Severum that arrived healthy, active, and full of coloration. Unlike other online retailers, Dan's Fish kept me informed every step of the way which is rare in this hobby unfortunately. The shipping & packaging was top notch and like nothing I've seen before. The double bags were folded and secure. No leaks like you get with rubber bands. They even included two temp pouch's and a heat pad. They quarantine, medicate, and acclimate prior to sending instead of sending sick fish and blaming the buyers for not quarantining the fish like the other sub par retailers who shall remain nameless. Here's the kicker, they are so confident in the fish they sell that they are willing to refund shipping if something goes wrong and NO ONE does that. Thanks Dan
  • Rating Date: 01/15/2022
  • Order Date: 01/10/2022
  • Buyer: dezrick4545

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: This was my first order with Dan's Fish. I am thrilled with the customer service and the most professional packaging I have ever received. I look forward to future purchases with them.
  • Rating Date: 01/13/2022
  • Order Date: 01/08/2022
  • Buyer: baldyeti

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: All fish came in great condition, males were even showing color after transport. Packaging was top notch with styrofoam and a heat pack. My favorite part was the individual packages of fish so as not to foul the water if one didn’t make the trip. I was informed what was happening throughout the whole process via email which was awesome. Definitely a great choice and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dan’s Fish to anyone.
  • Rating Date: 01/13/2022
  • Order Date: 01/08/2022
  • Buyer: Cichlids716

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: My fish arrived in great condition. I just wanted to say thanks again for doing the most wonderful job of making sure that my fish arrived safe and the water was still warm and it's been in the negative numbers. Best experience I've had ordering fish online and I will be ordering again next time.
  • Rating Date: 01/13/2022
  • Order Date: 12/31/2021
  • Buyer: aspen

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: All 3 L201s were received in great shape, well packaged, heat pack still warm. Water temp in bags was 71 degrees. All fish appear to have acclimated well. Will buy again.
  • Rating Date: 01/12/2022
  • Order Date: 01/03/2022
  • Buyer: Jim W

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Easily the best experience I’ve had with an online fish retailer. I purchased a spotted Congo puffer from Dan and she came in super fat and happy. She was a lot less stressed than other fish I’ve bought online (from other retailers) and I was able to feed her within a hour of putting her in the tank. I was very impressed with the packaging…I’m assuming that had a big part to do with her not being so stressed. As far as contacting Dan’s fish goes, he is transparent and responds to emails very quickly. I will be doing business with him again and I recommend others to strongly consider purchasing from him as well. Thank you, Dan!
  • Rating Date: 01/12/2022
  • Order Date: 12/16/2021
  • Buyer: Rnuno253

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: My order of fish made it to me fast and alive !!! Best customer service on the planet. I will buy from Dan's Fish again with out any hesitation.
  • Rating Date: 01/07/2022
  • Order Date: 12/28/2021
  • Buyer: J Ivey

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Arrived in great shape and look beautiful in their current tank!
  • Rating Date: 01/06/2022
  • Order Date: 01/03/2022
  • Buyer: Mech_Tech

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Absolutely amazed at the quality of the fish and the shipping process. It was 12 degrees here in Toledo Ohio this morning and when the fish came in the water in the bag was only 67 degrees. Within minutes after acclimation, all of the fish were swimming around and looked super healthy. I will be buying from Dan's fish again!
  • Rating Date: 01/06/2022
  • Order Date: 12/28/2021
  • Buyer: Micdog

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Really colorful species, as always they arrived alive and healthy.
  • Rating Date: 01/06/2022
  • Order Date: 01/04/2022
  • Buyer: Willjr14

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: I only ordered this bunch the day before I knew my first order was shipping and contacted Dan to see if he could ship both boxes at the same time, it worked out great, excellent customer service! I couldn't be happier with my fish they are all super nice and I was given a couple of freebies, thanks, Dan!
  • Rating Date: 01/04/2022
  • Order Date: 01/02/2022
  • Buyer: Regalia77

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: My first experience ordering from Dan, he wasn't liking the way the Glowlight Danios were looking and decided not to ship them and refund the cost including shipping! I'm super impressed with the quality of the fish I received and the meticulous way they were packed! All arrived in top condition! Thank you, Dan!
  • Rating Date: 01/04/2022
  • Order Date: 12/09/2021
  • Buyer: Regalia77

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Ordering fish during winter was a scary thought but when a rare fish you want is available I had to take the chance and I’m glad I did with Dans Fish. They have been proactively communicating with me on everything throughout and I can’t say enough how good their customer service is and appreciated. My fish arrived this morning overnight, nicely double bagged, insulated with newspaper and heat packed. It’s 38 degrees here in Seattle and was relieved to feel the inside of the box was nice and warm and my fishy friends still perky and alive. I will be confidently ordering again from them from this great first experience. Thank you Dans Fish!
  • Rating Date: 01/04/2022
  • Order Date: 12/17/2021
  • Buyer: L-Mo

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Super nice little puffer fish!
  • Rating Date: 01/04/2022
  • Order Date: 12/05/2021
  • Buyer: Willjr14

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Absolutely stunning fish! Wish I could have got twice as many! The L236 RB Line plecos I got ended up being better & bigger then expected! Can't wait to see what else Dan brings in! Absolutely will continue to support!
  • Rating Date: 12/26/2021
  • Order Date: 12/05/2021
  • Buyer: Bigtimelawn@gmail.com

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: I was very nervous as I had never ordered from Dan’s Fish and have had really bad experiences ordering online before so I usually only buy local. This was an amazing experience as they came in beautifully packed and heat packs were really warm and doing their job. The Gold Roselines are perfect and eating already and loving the 240 gallon. I would recommend them and will buy with confidence from them again. Thank you Dan’s Fish for restoring my faith in ordering aquatics online. You made my Christmas so much better.
  • Rating Date: 12/09/2021
  • Order Date: 12/03/2021
  • Buyer: Holelover1

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Jonathan couldn’t have been nicer and he made this an easy transaction 👍
  • Rating Date: 12/08/2021
  • Order Date: 10/23/2021
  • Buyer: Maria Z

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: I love these little guys. They came in perfect…as is usual with Dan!
  • Rating Date: 12/08/2021
  • Order Date: 11/04/2021
  • Buyer: Maria Z

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: After seeing these in the tank behind Dan week after week I had to get a few. They are even better in person!!!
  • Rating Date: 12/08/2021
  • Order Date: 12/03/2021
  • Buyer: Maria Z