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 20+ 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!         




   NEW! Natural Color  
            GEN II  Pleco Caves!!
           See Below and HERE!

      -   Select Aquatics Channel!!
              Check Out The New
      Videos on the care and Breeding
  of these species HERE !!!!!!


          Postal Rate Increases!
         Please Check Out This
              Update HERE!!


                Limia Tiger
      Lake Miragoane, Haiti

      Six 2-4 Mo. unsexed - $35
      Young sexed pairs - $17

      Limia Tiger Species Page
      Limia TigerVideo Page
      Limia Tiger Care Page
      Limia Tiger Feature Video



     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?





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    "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!




        Now Offering Custom
        GEN II Pleco Caves for
        Larger Plecos HERE!


      "A Slightly Different Approach
            for Buying Swordtails"




            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!




         Ameca splendens
             Rio Teuchitlan

       Six 2-4 Month Unsexed - $40

      A. splendens Species  Page
      A. splendens Video Page
      A. splendens Care Page
      A. splendens Feature Video

     Plecostomus Longfin 
           Green Dragon

    Young are currently being
   grown out toward the
   Release of their next
   Select Aquatics Availability

    Green Dragon Species Page
    Green Dragon Video Page
    Green Dragon Care Page
    Gen II Pleco Caves Video




     Neocaridina sp. Shrimp
       Allowed to Revert to Wild 

        Group of 20+ - $15

       N. Shrimp Species Page
       N. Shrimp Video Page
       N. Shrimp  Care Page



     Next Species to be Released in Coming Weeks:


            Pethia padamya "Odessa"

            Xenotoca doadrioi

            Xiphophorus montezumae



        Current Colorado Dept. of
      Agriculture Inspection of
      Select Aquatics available



        Species Being Bred Out for Future Sale:


       Ameca splendens, Rio Teuchitlan

       Ataenobious toweri, San marcos

       Ilyodon furcidens

       Limia "Tiger", Lake Miragoane

       Neocaridina Shrimp

       Pethia padamya "Odessa"

       Plecostomus Green Dragon Longfin

       Plecostomus Green Dragon Shortfin

       Plecostomus Green Dragon Longfin Albino

       Plecostomus Green Dragon Shortfin Albino

       Synodontis lucipinnis

       Xenotoca doadrioi, San Marcos

       Xenotoca lyonsi, Rio Tamazula

       Xiphophorus helleri Rio Otapa

       Xiphophophorus mayae Rio Bellaire

       Xiphophorus montezumae, Tamasopo

       Zoogoneticus tequila





        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



        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!



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


              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 Videos and you will Receive those
      Notifications! Thank you!

              Greg Sage, Owner, Select Aquatics



        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.



            What's Been Going On
            at Select Aquatics!


        Fall 2019, Spring 2020

  Recent email conversations warn that many of the
   species here are disappearing from the hobby,
   and that I may be the only one breeding and selling
   some of these fish.

   Where when I used to have 50 fish available, I would
   post them for sale, and would be good selling young
   groups of six for a couple months.

   Today, if I only have 50 fish available, I have to pull
   them down for sale or I will have too few breeders
   producing fry to meet future demand.

   So I have been building out my numbers of many of
   the species here, with the same space constraints,
   to get them to numbers so when posted for sale they
   can stay available for an extended period of time.

   This is why there have not been many fish available.
   I have been working to make these species secure
   here, as I understand that they are disappearing.

   I apologize for the delay, but the fish only breed so
   quickly, and many can be slow to reproduce and
   grow out, demonstrating why most species here have 
   never been available in the commercial pet trade.

   From an offer posted 5 years ago to help keep
   them in the hobby (see Open letter to Fishkeepers),
   most are still not available from others.



   Above I mention fish going extinct in the hobby, and
   that your keeping them can help their conservation.
   We are at that time, this is how conservation happens:

    A customer has done research on the availability of
Poecilia velifera in the hobby, and contacted 
   many, including their original collector. He concludes
   I am the last person offering this population on the, 
   internet, with two others maintaining minimal 
   populations, and only one that will sell occasionally.

   Yet I have sold over 400 in the last 4 years. If you
   have bought this fish from me, how are they doing?
   Any advice for others keeping them? Did they do well
   for you, or not? What information can you provide? I
   will collect all responses and post them on a page
   linked from here. Email .

   Hopefully your information will help others to keep
   this fish, breed them, and distribute them to other
   hobbyists. I want to hear from you!

   I will continue to do the same for other species sold
   that are disappearing, and will post requests for
   feedback on each species here in the future.
   A page is being set up where all of the responses
   will be posted - First Name or initials and City
   will be the only information given. Thank you!


   Those species being built out for the long term and
   being prepared for sale are the X. Montezumae,
   P. velifera, X. doadrioi, X. lyonsi,  A. toweri,
   Z. tequila and C. lateralis/audax "Red" (a small
   group recently reobtained), primarily. I appreciate
   your patience as these species are being built out.

  The Green Dragons, Odessa Barbs,
   Ilyodon furcidens, Ameca splendens, Tiger limias,
   X. helleri Rio Otapa, X. mayae, and S. lucipinnis
   are each being bred out for sale as well.
   A "Select Aquatics Available" video will be posted as
   each species becomes available. some of those are
   listed above as available currently.

   Other videos on new racks, infrastructure changes
   and continued improvements to breeding the Odessa
   Barbs and others are also in preparation.

   If you are a hobbyist that can maintain a couple species
   consistently, have 3-4 tanks available per species, and
   want to do something so these species do not
   disappear, please consider emailing me to breed, 
   sell and to ship these yourself.

   Today you could literally be in a position to save a
   species from extinction from the hobby by yourself,
   and most cannot be replaced, and will be gone 
   forever. This has already happened to many
   species that were once common in the hobby.
Poecilia velifera, Yucatan Peninsula and
X. montezumae Tamasopo are ideal

   We can discuss optimal tank conditions so the species
   you choose will do their best, allowing you to produce
   numbers that can be shipped using an online resource
   such as Aquabid, or setting up a small website with
   shipping information. With just a couple species, that  
   will not be difficult, and will bring in some extra income.

   I would also be happy to tell you how I ship, how I
   obtain shipping materials , etc. With a fair amount of
   stock to meet orders and a website, I can post a link
   to your site here at, even if you
   are selling some of the same species that I am
   offering here! You would immediately receive
   very substantial exposure.

   We must make an effort to work together to keep
   these species from disappearing. The days of
   not sharing information, keeping secret what you
   have, fighting over how money is distributed at
   functions where rare fish are sold has taken its
   toll, and the result is that very few fish are now left
   for future generations.

   Thank you for your patience and understanding in
   my efforts to build these out so that they will
   continue to be available to future hobbyists, and
   I am working to have each of these species
   being kept here again routinely available.

   Thank you!

   Greg Sage



     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      


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

         Original Blue Caves
             Gen II Pleco Caves
        In two Sizes and Colors!

      With many improvements over the
        first pleco cave, this is the cave
        to have if you are serious about
        breeding the Green Dragons!
                 See more HERE
       Email for non US Shipments

       Click HERE for Custom Sizes


         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

          Natural Sand Caves
       Original Blue Caves
                  Please email when
               Combining Orders
             for Correct Shipping
       Pleco Caves Original Color
     Natural Sand Caves

        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!

      $10 + USPS 3-5 Day Priority
                    Shipping    .

      Pleco Caves Natural Color



       Levamisole hydrochloride

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

          Effective and immediate.
          1/4 teaspoon treats 100
       Dosage Information HERE

          10 gram packet- $20
          20 gram packet- $35
          52 gram packet- $60
        Prices include shipping.
     Email for Non US Shipments

     Premeasured Dosage Spoon
             Available Below!!



  Levamisole Measuring Spoon

  See it HERE!



                    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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