Select Aquatics                            



    Select Aquatics breeds affordable,
    quality, specialty tropical fish for
    hobbyists and conservation
    research. Most are not often
    seen and many are endangered  
    or extinct in the wild. This site 
    is also a one stop place for 
    fishkeeping information on
    how best to keep these

    If you are keeping an aquarium,
    you have the opportunity to help
    preserve species that are about to
    go extinct in the wild. As well, due
    to increased export restrictions,
    many species are at risk of
    disappearing from the hobby.
    The fish offered here are hardy,
    generally not difficult to care
    for, and may depend on
    hobbyists such as yourself to
    maintain their availability. 

        Select Aquatics of Erie, CO.

        Select Aquatics maintains a
        fairly consistent collection
        of species/lines that are
         bred here and posted as
        available. If you wish to buy
        anything on this page, or wish 
        to see a new species offered, 
        please contact Greg Sage at .


              Site Index

                  We breed and sell only the most attractive,
                                 robust lines available!

               Select Aquatics Lineup


       Receive Notice when each Species becomes Available
 by Subscribing to the Select Aquatics YouTube Channel!   

      To Order. Use Paypal Buttons below, for Live Goods, 
                   Email, and
                     Please Include Your Zip Code! 





        P. Velifera Available!!
 I furcidens Available / Limited!
              NOT being Sold by
               Select Aquatics

Canadian Customers!
        Odessa Barbs Available!
                   to Order            

       Select Aquatics Channel!
         Click Here for all Select
     Aquatics YouTube Videos,
     Including a Brief Overview
            of Each Video!

     Perfect Batch Brine Shrimp
      Hatcher to be Shipped on
            September 15!!
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     Brine Shrimp Hatcher 

        Designed and Made  
         by Select Aquatics!
    See Payment Button Below

      $40 Including Shipping!

     "Wow, This is the Best
    Hatcher I have ever used!"

     - Rob P, Beacon, NY 
See More Here!


     Species Lineup and Prices

     Levamisole for Sale

     Fishkeeping Tips

     Articles, Handouts and Videos

     Rapid Grow Plant Fertilizer

     Water Change System

     Why should I Keep Rare Fish?

     Tour the Fishroom


           What Do Customers
                 Think of
            Select Aquatics?


             Perfect Batch
     Brine Shrimp Hatcher

Taking Preorders Now!!

    Will Be Available Sept. 15!!


    "Select Aquatics strives to provide
    Friendly, Prompt, and Professional
    service for every customer. We
    ship Affordable, Top Quality Fish,
    with the Care and Personal
    Assistance to ensure a positive
    online fish buying experience ."




    Ordering new species you've never
    kept from someone you don't know
    with water different than yours can
    be scary. Some assurance that in
    6 months the fish will still be doing
    well would be ideal, particularly
    since many of these fish are rare
    or hard to obtain.

    From your first email to inquire
    about ordering until the moment
    they arrive, we will keep in close
    touch to answer any questions you
    may have so that you know exactly
    what you are getting, and precisely
    when they will be sent. Care
    information for each species is
    also provided Here.

    Postage is never overcharged, and
    extras are nearly always sent with
    carefully done, professional
    shipping. To help ensure they do
    well for you, a Care Guide is
    provided for each species from
    the link below. Be sure to check
    the updated comments at "What 
    Do Customers Think of Select 
    Aquatics" at the link just above!

   See the Full Manual for
   this Hatcher linked just
            to the left!

     4" Brine Shrimp Nets
      Available at Paypal
         Button Below!

           Check out
    HERE for lowest prices
    on 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2 lb.
    bags of Grade A Eggs /


        See the Hatcher Manual


            In Depth Essays
             and Information
           For Free Download

   A cleaner Approach
   A modern Approach
   A Practical Understanding
   Aquarium Maintenance
   Aquarium Setting Up
   Aquarium Stands, Making
   Automatic Water Change System
   Beginning Fishkeeping Overview
   Breeding Livebearers
   Fish Adjustment
   Fishkeeping Tips
   Fishroom, Setting Up
   Harvesting Livebearer Fry
   Keeping Alfaro cultratus
   Keeping Green Dragons
   Keeping Odessa Barbs
   Keeping Poecilia velifera
   Keeping Xiph. montezumae
   Live Foods
   New to These Fish?
   Repairing an Aquarium
   Selective Breeding
   Setting up a Fishroom
   Troubleshooting / Fixit Guide
   Plus Many more here!

   Customer Feedback and
   Care Information:

    Poecilia velifera

    Xiphophorus montezumae

                          Levamisole hydrochloride
           For treatment of Livebearer Disease,   
     Camallanus worms and many minor Parasites
                Rapid Grow Aquarium Plant Fertilizer
          One Container will dose 44,000 Gallons!

        Current Colorado Dept. of
      Agriculture Inspection of
      Select Aquatics available


                           Sodium Thiosulfate 1 lb.
       One pound will Dechlorinate many thousands
                     of Gallons of tap water.

          Many species sold by Select Aquatics
         continue to be built out and bred to be
         shipped as they become available,
         including the Longfin Green Dragons,
         Odessa Barbs, Xenotoca doadrioi,
         Ilyodon furcidens, Zoogoneticus tequila,
         limia Perugia Boca de Cachon, limia islai
         "Tiger", Ameca splendens and others.

         As Each Species Becomes Available, a
       "Select Aquatics Available" Video will be
       Posted Announcing Orders Will be Taken
       to be Shipped. Please Subscribe to the
       Select Aquatics Youtube Channel, at the
       bottom of each video. You will then Receive
       a Notification when the videos are Posted.

           Greg Sage, Owner, Select Aquatics

      To Order Fish, Multiple Hard Goods Items,
      or International non-Fish items, Please email  for a Quote.

                              Thank You!



        to purchase any of these fish.
           Extras are sent with every
               carefully packed box.

         Payment by Paypal, check
                  or money order.
                  Paypal account:
         Please drop us an email if
         you have any questions or
         concerns about anything at
          the site - simply email and
             we will get right back
                to you. Thank you!



        About Select Aquatics   

        The Goodeids

        The Swordtails

        Breeding These Fish

        Keeping Plants

        Books and References

        Keeping These Fish

        Receiving Shipped Fish

        Frequently Asked Questions  

        Speaking and Appearances

        Care Guides for all Species



          An open letter to Serious
    Hobbyists, Universities,
          Fish Sellers and Breeders. 


           Shipping News! 
         USPS vs. UPS




     The Tools we use here to
       Best Keep These Fish -
         Available For Sale!


   Perfect Batch Hatchers


     The information below only applies to the
     shipping of live fish. Hard goods shipping is
     unaffected, and I always ship the levamisole
     and other products on the day following payment.
     With payment early enough, I am often able to
     ship the same day.

     So why is Select Aquatics having trouble
     shipping Live Fish affordably?

     For many years I received biological quality
     Styrofoam boxes from a local University.
     My contract as the Styrofoam recycler ended
     when Covid began, as shipments to the
     University ended. For two years I have been
     purchasing biological quality boxes (I have not
     reflected the cost in my prices), and they are
     excellent thermal boxes that keep losses
     below 0.5%. These boxes will hold one
     group of six 2-4 Month Old Unsexed, 2 pair,
     or four 1.5 - 2.5 in. plecos, all with an extra.

     Many fish here, particularly the Green Dragons,
     I would not consider shipping in a lower quality

     I understand that many who ship will cut Styrofoam
     inserts and put them into 3-5 Day Priority boxes,
     and then ship them overnight with Overnight
     Express paperwork. I do not have the Styrofoam
     inserts here but am looking into them, for shipping
     some of the hardier species, such as young
     Odessa barbs, Tiger limias and Ameca
     splendens, and young pairs of some of the other
     goodeids. To do this would save roughly
     $20 - $30 on shipping Overnight Express.

     This past spring, the overwhelming majority of
     overnight boxes going out arrived late. USPS
     also announced that starting October 1st,
     shipments will be further delayed and prices
     will be increased, until January.

     After speaking with representatives from both
     USPS and UPS, receiving test quotes from both,
     and doing two test shipments with USPS to check
     their current dependability, current shipping costs
     to ship using my standard boxes are listed below.
     These are the rates you will be quoted. USPS
     rates below are before the current holiday
     increase that takes effect Oct. 1st.

     To order two groups can be done with smaller
     fish two ways. (not with plecos or pairs). 2 groups
     of 6 with one or two extras can be shipped in
     two boxes, or it may be possible, with smaller
     fish, to fit up to 10 fish in a box. Two groups
     could then be shipped as 5 fish each in a
     single box.

     All fish shipments are arranged by emailing with your zip code
     for a quote, following an availability video
     announcing a species is ready to be shipped.
     With a subscription to the Select Aquatics
     Yotube Channel, you will receive a notification
     when the videos are posted.

     Test addresses checked were from
     Select Aquatics to NY., FL., CA. and WA.

      As is the case with any order of live fish,
     if I have overestimated your shipping cost
     by more than $6 in the quote provided, then
     I will refund the entire difference back to you
     so that you will not overpay for shipping.


     USPS Overnight Express*, Regular or
     Hold For Pickup**:

     $113 - $120, Depending on your Zip Code.
     In-state and neighboring states (Wyoming,
     New Mexico, Kansas, Utah, Nebraska), may
     be as low as $80 - $85.

     * USPS announced recently that they are
     going to raise their rates starting October 1st,
     as well as delay their shipping times, possibly
     suspending Overnight Express delivery entirely,
     returning to normal rates and delivery times
     after the 2021 holidays. I do not know what the
     increases will be, but anticipate they could be
     $5 - $10 added to the above cost, when
     Overnight delivery is offered.

     ** Due to the number of refunds being issued
     for late overnight deliveries, USPS recently
     delayed their delivery times until 6 pm before a
     refund will be issued. It was formally 3 pm.
     The problem is that most Post Offices close
     at 5pm. The result is that with a Hold For Pickup
     delivery, a pickup will need to be arranged
     with your local post office if your box arrives
     after the lobby has closed, or you will not
     receive your box until the next day, but it is
     considered an on time delivery.

     UPS 2nd Day Air

     $80 - $115, Depending on your zip code.

     UPS Next Day Air

     $202 - $230, Depending on your zip code

     USPS 3-5 Day Priority.

     I do not use 3-5 Day Priority. Paypal does
     not recognize 3-5 Day Priority as a viable means
     of shipping live fish, and someone with a DOA
     can contact Paypal, and they will refund the
     entire payment of their order without proof.
     As well, 3-5 Day Priority for much of the spring
     were arriving 1-3 days past predicted delivery
     times, making shipping fish not possible without
     losses. Some claim they do not mind losses, or
     are happy with any fish that survive. I strive to
     get the fish to you as healthy and unstressed
     as possible. Killing them to ship them is
     something I make every effort to avoid.

     I have about 30 orders pending on this
     information, and will be contacting each of
     you with these new figures to decide
     whether to proceed with shipping.

     For all of the species here, I will post an
     Availability Video when they are ready 
     to be shipped, and with an email to as soon as
     the video is posted, I will send you back
     a quote to ship the fish out to you.

     This current break in shipping has been very
     good for many species to build back out, and
     I am shuffling my Green Dragon breeding
     groups, retiring older fish, and bringing up
     younger higher quality breeders to improve
     the line. Breeding seasons for the Ilyodon
     furcidens, zoogoneticus tequila and
     Xenotoca doadrioi are beginning to kick in,
     and some species, such as young unsexed
     Odessas, Tiger Limias and Ameca
     splendens are doing well and should
     continue to be available into next year.

     The production of upcoming YouTube
     videos has started and video of the fish
     here and how things are going will be
     posted in the next couple months!


   Canadian Customers:

   USPS has reconfigured Canadian shipping.

   Levamisole is shipped regularly, but my
   fertilizer has sometimes been delayed by
   Canadian Customs.
   There are 3 ways to ship the levamisole
   (10, 20 or 52 grams) and they are:

   First Class - Up to 3 weeks - $14 + Medication
   6-10 days - $27 + Medication
   3-5 Day Priority - $45 + Medication

   US rates have not changed. (3-5 Day - $8.50)


   Greg Sage

        Blue         Black  

     The Original Dechlorination
       Product! 1 lb. will treat
     many thousands of .gallons!
      Just $10 + $8 Shipping!
       See More Info HERE.
     Email for Non US Shipments      
Perfect Batch Hatcher Options

       Price Includes US Shipping!



       Click HERE for Hatcher Page
              and More Options!


                  Please email when
           Combining Hard Goods
        to ensure Correct Shipping


         Rapid Grow Aquarium Plant

         Rapid Grow Aquarium Plant

            Mixed here from quality
           Hydroponics ingredients,
          adapted for aquarium use
            with the manufacturers.
            One container will treat
          44,000 gallons! Dose 1-2x
         monthly. Perfectly harmless
            to fish and inverts, with
            dramatic plant growth.
           $30 includes shipping
                for 1 container.
     Email for Non US Shipments



       Levamisole hydrochloride

         This is the best treatment
           available for parasites,
         worms, and "Livebearer
       Disease" See more HERE.

          Effective and immediate.
          1/4 teaspoon will Dose a
          100 gallon Tank Once.
          A Treatment is 2 Doses,
                24 hrs. apart.
       Dosage Information HERE




           Levamisole HCL Kit


        > Light Protective Case mm
        > Light Proof Zip Lock Bag
   >Levamisole Measuring Spoon

          10 gram Kit and Med- $25
          20 gram Kit and Med.- $40
      52 gram Med + Spoon = $63.50


    Above Prices Include Shipping 


        Vinegar Eel Starter Cultures
               For Egg Layer Fry

             Taken from cultures 
         maintained here for many
        years, they are used here.
        to raise primarily the Odessa
         Barbs, and can be used
       for most any egg layer fry that
        are not sensitive to acidity. 
                Please email.
      with your ZIP Code for a Quote
       to ship a culture out to you!

      $15 + USPS 3-5 Day Priority
                    Shipping    .

         Levamisole + Kit

 These Buttons will add $8 Shipping

     Levamisole Only



   Please!  Non - US Customers!

     for a Quote as Postage Costs 
             will Differ. Thank you!   


        If your organization would like
       an in-depth, informative and
       entertaining presentation on
       Livebearers, Selective Breeding
       or other topics, Greg Sage is
       available to come out and speak
       to your club.

       Click HERE for current
       talks and more information

       Please contact us at
       for available dates.


     Wanna know what the Levamisole
    Measuring Spoon and Case guy is
                 Working On Next?

             Click on Picture to see Latest
               UnderWater Waterfall from
                  Aquavista Aquatics!


                    Mr. Sage provided me with the best experience I could've asked for. The wonderful fish he breeds are priced
               very affordably, and are super high quality.

              He always responded to our emails swiftly and was extremely helpful with any questions and concerns we had.
              His packaging of the fish was phenomenal, and all (even the extras!) arrived across the country in excellent

              They are beautiful, healthy, and active. it was incredibly stress-free as I knew I could trust the process.
              Despite a small delay due to the USPS, Greg quickly assured us that the fish would be fine.

              Mr. Sage has a great reputation in the livebearer hobby, and I can say he has totally lived up to that
              reputation for me and I'm looking forward to ordering from him again! I seriously can't recommend him
              enough. Thank you for all you do for the hobby, Mr. Sage!

             Christina K. NY


                 First, off thank you for the beautiful fish. Every time I receive a new species from you I am always surprised by 
              how much more beautiful they are in real life versus the picture. The Alfaro cultratus you sent for example are far more 
              stunning than any picture I have ever seen of them. That includes Google image searches.

              Jay G., The Woodlands, TX


                Hi Greg,
             The Odessa barbs are here, in GREAT shape, and currently 'acclimatizing' in a 5 gallon bucket with my own 
              graduated drip system.

             Thank you very, VERY much for your attention and care and patience with me throughout this process. I've been 
             receiving fish via express mail for 30 years but your packing is a whole new universe from what I've ever experienced.

            Thank you again for the 'bonus' fish which I counted as 8 but my wife insists is 9. She also could not believe the packing
            or condition of the fish. Also, thank you for the anticipated forwarding of the rebate check for the excess shipping charge.
            When everything stabilizes, I'll forward some pics. Again this has been the best fish purchasing experience I've ever had.

            Ed D. Rio verde, AZ


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