To Buy: To order, simply email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers have
preferred to simply make payment into
email@example.com Paypal account at the Paypal
site after contacting us. If you do not wish to sign into
and wish to pay by credit card, a simple, secure Paypal billing
invoice can be sent to your email address for payment if
requested. Checks and money orders are gladly accepted, but a personal
check will need to clear (2-3 days) after being
received before shipping can take place.
Phone Calls - This
past year I have received a number of phone calls from hackers and
scammers looking to cause harm,
so I no longer answer phone calls, but can certainly
arrange for a time to talk with an email sent ahead of time. In fact, we
can arrange for a video meeting if you have an issue
you would like to discuss, or if you would like to take a look at how a
fish is maintained here before purchase (Using Apple
Facetime or Google Chat). Simply email me to set up a time that is
convenient for both of us. I must mention as well, that
when an order is received by phone, I must summarize our conversation
and email it to you anyway, to establish a written
record and ensure that the information is correct.
Extras are sent of most
species fish to cover any that may be lost in shipment.
So with a Fry Deal of 6 fish, for example, you
are sent the 6 fish plus two extras,
so you will receive 8 fish, unless stated otherwise. Extras are NOT sent
with orders of a single
fish, or with an order of sexed plecos (As they are too
large, increase shipping cost and numbers are limited). With Overnight
delivery, fish lost beyond the extras provided are
replaced at no cost (Customer pays shipping).
Losses are rare, and
since the beginning of Select Aquatics, of nearly 1000 boxes shipped,
only two orders have arrived
with losses greater than the number of extras provided.
For overnight delivery the losses are well below 1%.
This past year sales have kept pace with my ability to breed what is
offered, so what is available changed often
over the course of the year. Because of this, I am
discontinuing keeping wait lists, and will keep the Home Page updated
with what is available at any particular time. Those
currently on wait lists will still be contacted when their fish are
to be shipped. Unfortunately, when wait list customers
are contacted, generally fewer than 10% respond to say they want or
do not want a fish, and I cannot sell the fish until I
have heard back from the wait list customers. So when a fish becomes
available, I will say so on the Home
Page, and when it temporarily becomes unavailable, I will make the
change on the
Shipping- I keep
in close touch with all customers throughout the ordering and shipping
process, and use USPS
Overnight Express Mail exclusively for the live fish. The success rate has been very good.
Rates vary by distance from
Denver, combined with the weight of the box. When an order
is made I must estimate the shipping cost- if I ever
overestimate on an order by more than
$6 I will refund the difference so that no one is ever overcharged for
There is no handling charge.
Overnight Express Mail
for 2 pair of young fish or 6 fry, shipped within the continental U.S.,
averages $45 - 60.
Rates gradually increase as the weight of the box increases. All fish are fasted 24-48 hrs. prior to
and are sent in a carefully packed styrofoam
box. The fish are professionally impulse sealed into comfortable,
chambers in breather bags or knotted bags,
1-2 fish per bag.. See
Receiving Shipped Fish for more
FedEx will not ship Live
Fish from this area, and UPS generally runs 3x the cost of USPS, so I do
not consider either to
be an option. Yes, even with USPS delivery, shipping
cost will sometimes exceed the cost of the fish, but every effort is
made to ship as compactly, efficiently, and
professionally as possible to provide unstressed, relatively comfortable
ready to adjust to their new environment, for the
lowest cost possible.
Comments: If you
have any comments, questions, suggestions or complaints, please do not
hesitate to contact me.
I respond to all emails within 24-48 hours, and enjoy
conversations with customers regarding the hobby, the fish that are
sold here, why some species are offered and others
aren't, and how to attain the greatest results. A stable, consistent
selection of species will be offered as Select Aquatics
grows, and which species
those continue to be is dependant
demand and the feedback I receive. I look forward to the continued
conversations and providing fish that cannot
found anywhere else!
Thank you for checking out this site and buying from
Select Aquatics- your purchase supports keeping these fish in the
hobby. Your participation contributes to
maintaining populations of these beautiful animals that are disappearing
the wild, and from being maintained and bred by aquarists
into the future. Thank you!
Greg Sage- Owner
Check Homepage for Availability
FryPacks are all 6 fish, and are not fry, but generally 2-4 month old,
unsexed fish, unless stated otherwise.
Alfaro cultratus- $8.50 as adults,
FryPack of 6 - $35.00. The Knife Livebearer
A beautiful, easy going, hardy but delicate looking species. Yellow with
blue and black highlights, 3.5 inches.
- These are doing well, with many for sale of all age groups. Fairly
prolific, I keep the breeder adults in a 50 gallon long
with lots of java fern, keeping
them well fed, with moderate water changes. Females are moved to have
which are then raised in
separate tanks with BBS and a variety of dry foods.
Ameca splendens, Rio Teuchitlan-
$8.50 as adults,
FryPack of 6
An especially attractive line of the original wild
population, these are a striking, hardy and fairly prolific goodeid.
Now essentially considered extinct in the wild, this
species used to be distributed throughout the hobby and is
now less commonly seen.
Characodon lateralis Puente Pino Suarez- New population- 12.50
each / $25.00
a pair The Rainbow Goodeid
This new population has just begun to be introduced to
the hobby, and are a particularly attractive and prolific
population. Considered threatened as are all the
lateralis, the hobby is very fortunate to have this group of
beautiful fish to work with. These have started to
breed out well, and young pairs are occasionally available.
furcidens- $8.50 as adults, FryPack of 6- $35.00, A "Trout Goodeid"
A colorful, beautifully marked larger goodeid that looks like a
miniature U.S. native bass or trout. This
species is one of the Ilyodon species known as the "trout" or "basslet"
goodeid. This is a striking fish, and will
look unlike anything else in your aquarium. They are
peaceful and non-aggressive, but as adults can hold their
own with larger fish when challenged.
These consistently show the
intense, complex markings I have been selecting for. A recent pic posted at the
species page and on the
homepage shows the quality of the current
breeders. This is definitely a fish that
is enjoyable to look at, breed and work
with. There are a large number of all ages available, but young fish
much better than adults. A very neat, hardy, prolific,
distinctive fish that doesn't look like anything else kept in the
Limia nigrofasciata, Lake
Miragoane, Haiti- $8.50 as adults, FryPack of 6-
Rarer in the hobby than it
should be, the male develops a raised back with striking dorsal and body
is a distinctive fish you do not see very often. The males are the most
interesting looking livebearer kept.
Females may reach 2 inches, males slightly smaller.
Limia "Tiger", Lake Miragoane, Haiti-
sexed out adolescents, FryPack of 6 - $35.00,.
The Tiger Limia
Still formally unidentified, an attractive new species from Haiti with
distinctive vertical bars.
-These are hardy,
and when provided with fairly clean conditions
and water changes, they reproduce
Not big fry eaters, a layer of
Java Moss or fine leaved plants ensures that most
young will reach adulthood.
Generally females are removed to have their
young, which are then raised separately. Closely related to
the males also take until they reach full size to fully sex out, and are
best bought as groups of fry.
Neocaridina spp./ Grass/ Algea Shrimp- $.50 each
(Many extras are included)
algea eating shrimp that does
not bother livebearer fry, great cleaning shrimp, prolific. .75 inch
Plecostomus "Green Dragon"
Longfin, Normal Color -
2 - 2.5 inches- $20, Sexed fish - $30. Check for availability
of sexed fish. One of the nicest lines of Green Dragons available,
they have been carefully bred here for excellent
finnage and color. Reaching 5-6 inches, they are hardy and will eat algea.
zucchini, green beans etc. throughout their lives.
Into their 6th generation of selective breeding, the line is becoming
very consistent, with excellent color and finnage.
Many hundreds are fish are being bred, and availability
is kept up to date on the Homepage.
Plecostomus "Green Dragon" Longfin
Albino - 2 - 2.5 inches - $15.00. These are
for the longfin trait as they are still thrown and
separated out from the normal longfin stock. Not similar in appearance
"normal" longfin albino ancistrus that are commonly
seen, the Green Dragon albinos do not have any spots or markings
on their fins or body as do the regular albino
ancistrus. They are an even, delicate yellow/orange color, and just like
regular Green Dragons, the females are entirely without
facial bristles (which appear in some available lines of the
ancistrus plecos). These are very different in
appearance and are a very different fish than the normal albino
Plecostomus "Green Dragon" Shortfin,
Regular Color - 2 - 2.5 inches- Email for Price. These
heterozygous for the longfin trait as they are still
thrown and separated out from the longfin stock. Their color has also
improved along with the longfin line, and are selected
for good color and robust appearance.
The regular and albino shortfins are born here, but are
not bred here. A few are thrown within the longfin Green Dragon
spawns, and then are then separated and raised up
separately. A few are then kept and grown out so that fish
are occasionally available. Preferred by keepers of
tankmates that may nip the flowing fins of the longfin fish, these
possess good green color and do not exceed about 4.5-5
Plecostomus "Green Dragon" Shortfin,
Albino - 2 - 2.5 inches - Email for Price. Becoming
as the regular longfin Green Dragon line improves in consistency,
these are still thrown occasionally, and are often available.
However, because of their relative scarcity here, few
are grown out into sexed fish.
Poecilia velifera, Yucatan
Peninsula- "Giant Sailfin Molly" -FryPack
of 6- $40.00
This is the largest sailfin molly in the world, the
iconic fish used for the logo of the American Livebearer Association.
Requiring a tank of at least 20 gallons, a layer of
crushed coral is advised as they prefer a pH of around 8.0. These
do not require salt, and have never been adapted to it.
They also do best when fed frequently and provided with good
filtration and aeration. A spectacular, husky, active, colorful fish,
often talked about but rare in the hobby. This line has
been carefully selectively bred
for the largest, most robust, colorful and showy individuals. Sexed fish
are not yet
available, but a few fry groups of 6 fish
can be sold to a good home!
"Odessa", Burma- $7.50 each, FryPack of 6 - $35.00
Reputed to have the brightest red of
any freshwater fish, this fish is truly breathtaking. 1.5- 2 inches as
- After having been bred out into the thousands over the last 3 years,
the line was recently culled back to the best
colored breeders, and a new round of them is being
begun to further improve the consistency and exceptional
color of this line.
Synodontis lucipinnis - 1 - 1.5 inch - $12.50 each
Commonly referred to as the "Dwarf petricola",
this hardy, active and beautiful catfish from Africa tops out at
3-4 inches, is totally non-aggressive and an excellent
This very attractive line had been maintained for
research by a Colorado University for over 15 years, and were
obtained here in 2012. Gradual improvements to breed
them in larger numbers are underway, check the
Homepage for availability.
Vinegar Eel Starter Culture-
$10.00 A tiny
aquatic nematode used to feed small fry
- I keep a supply of about 30 2-liter containers going, and ship in breather bags.
Rio Tamazula- $8.50 each as adults,
FryPack of 6 - $35.00
Both a particularly hardy and attractive
Goodeid, these are available as young adults.
The females will drop 5-15
fry approximately every 60 days, and she should be separated to a
small planted tank of her own, a very pretty,
prolific and hardy goodeid!
Xenotoca doadrioi, San
Marcos- $8.50 each as adults,
6 - $35.00
As hardy as any other population of X. eiseni, this
population is likely the most colorful population of eiseni in the
hobby. Best kept by
themselves, females will drop 5-15 young after a 60 day gestation.
alvarezi- $8.50 as adults, FryPack of 6- $35.00. The Blue Swordtail
Arguably the most
beautiful of any Xiphophorus swordtail. A
striking blue sheen covers the caudal peduncle in
males, some of whom will turn a near solid red as they get older. Prolific, 3.5
- 4.5 inches
-These have proven to be very hardy, and this line will occasionally
throw mutations, including an occasional albino.
Females are separated to have their young, which are then raised up
Xiphophorus helleri, Rio
Otapa- $8.50 as adults,
FryPack of 6-
Introduced to the hobby in 2011, these are possibly the
largest and one of the most colorful wild X. helleri populations
in the hobby. Some young males will show a bright
yellow stripe above their thick brown lateral line, which will fade as
they get older and a bright red speckled dorsal fin
- Once established breeding pairs are in place they can
be be fairly prolific, as the females can surpass 5 inches, some
males can reach 6 inches. Breeding consistently now
with even sex ratios by feeding finer ground food when young fry,
Care Guide for more information.
Xiphophorus mayae, Rio Bellaire, Honduras-
$8.50 each, FryPack of 6 - $35.00
largest swordtail by body size in the
world, rare in the hobby, only identified recently (1992) and a very
- These are doing great and young fish and pairs are
available. This has proven to be a very prolific line,
and when well fed
generally do not eat their
fry. We have about 15 breeders in a
40 gallon with lots of Java fern,
going in monthly to remove
fry. Check out the
recent video of the breeders,
some just under 6 inches! Best bought in groups of 6 young (and with
shipping, 8 are usually sent, as available), so that
the hobbyist can grow them out to their full size with frequent feedings
of quality food, adequate aeration and water changes.
montezumae, Tomosopo- 2 young pairs - $50 These will be available again
This is the fish with the longest sword in the world,
often exceeding 1-1/2 times its body length! A beautiful,
elegant fish with black and gold markings, it can get quite large, usually past 5 inches. A magnificent fish.
- This line of montezumaes has been very popular, and young pairs
and unsexed young are available in limited quantity.
video here. Email
This was my "Holy Grail" fish when I first
started keeping wild fish, and finding a pair at that time took me over
Having this fish available for everyone
is one of the main reasons I started
Select Aquatics. I am
pleased to finally
provide access to them for hobbyists
on demand, in larger numbers, and at an affordable price. they
have been bred
up here in larger numbers, and a long wait list is
being contacted. Once the wait list customers are satisfied, they will
again be listed as available on the home page.
Rio Teuchitlan- $8.50 as adults, FryPack of 6 - $35.00
Long believed to be
extinct in the wild, this pretty fish
has been the subject of many so far unsuccessful attempts to
reintroduce it to the wild. A very
attractive, special fish.
$15 per generously packed bag + $15 shipping.
A large showy fern that does best with moving water, water changes and
$15 per 12' bag + $15 shipping.
Can be sent as small clumps or larger centerpiece plants as available.
Grown as un-anchored floating plants here.
$15 per 12' bag + $15 shipping.
- The plants are not grown attached to rockwork or driftwood, but can be
trained that way as they grow.
And though healthy and robust, they do come directly
from populated tanks, so they may contain a snail
or snail eggs. They are raised here using the
Grow Fertilizer, so an order of the fertilizer can be
shipped with the plants for an added $17, no extra
GEN II Pleco Caves -
$15 per cave + Shipping
(USPS 3-5 day Priority)
1-3 caves = Caves + $14 Shipping / 4-5 Caves =
Caves + $19 Shipping
Designed to meet the preferences of the Green Dragon Ancistrus
plecostomus, these caves are a great
improvement over the general "one size fits all"
caves that are currently available for breeding cave spawning
sucker mouth catfish, most that the Green Dragons
avoid. All of the Green Dragon breeding groups use these
caves, and they will fight over these
caves, even when other caves are present! Email
to order. For orders of more than 5 caves, simply
email for a quote.
10 grams $15 + $5.00 Shipping = $20
20 grams $27 + $8.00 Shipping = $35
52 grams $52 + $8.00 Shipping = $60
Developed here at Select Aquatics after
years of searching for an effective plant fertilizer for larger
fishrooms. It is both amazing as a fertilizer and inexpensive, each 6
oz. container will treat over 40,000
gallons. This 10-5-14 general use fertilizer is mixed at 1.5 teaspoons
per gallon of water, then dosed
at 1.5 oz.
per 30 gallon aquarium, and you only need to fertilize once a
month. It is $17 per container
with $8.00 shipping, for a total of $25.
- 1 lb = $10 + $8 Shipping = $18
Used by serious aquarists and labs, this is the
chemical that is mixed with water and sold as the
dechlorination product we purchase from the pet store.
It does not age or "go bad" with cool, dry
storage, and one pound will treat over 58,000 gallons!
I tablespoon mixed in a cup of water will
create the mix that will remove chlorine from tap water
at one drop per gallon.
for more information on species being bred out, that are not yet
available for sale.
Characodon lateralis, Red Morph-
$12.50 each / $25.00 a pair. The Rainbow Goodeid
Considered to be the most beautiful goodeid, it is also critically endangered
and not easy to find in the hobby.
is a particularly bright red line that I have been
selectively breeding for especially intense red and black
coloring throughout the body, as well as the fins. These are coming
back and young pairs may be available,
firstname.lastname@example.org for availability.
alvarezi Gold- After a period when there seemed to be
little demand for this incredibly
beautiful swordtail, recent interest has caused me to
refocus on them, and work to breed these back out in larger
numbers. So they do still exist, and are being
bred out. A few pair have so far produced about 50 fry, and the young
of the best fish from these batches will be bred out,
the excess will be sold as soon as they are ready.
species not mentioned are being developed or worked on for the future,
and will be introduced as
they become available for sale. If you wish to ask
about something you do not see advertised, simply
email me at
The site is regularly updated, and the availability listing is
current at the homepage.
All of the fish sold by Select Aquatics are bred and
raised here, and efforts to maintain larger numbers better
assures that the fish you receive are
genetically as stable as possible with proven, well known breeding
consistency and hardiness. With newly created lines,
understandably, the fish may not yet breed entirely true.
When you order, I generally add extras to ensure
that you will always receive at least what you have paid for.
How your fish do after
they arrive in your tanks is very important to us, and we look forward
how they are doing for you. Our mission is to ensure
that every customer receives exactly what they want with
consistent, honest communication, resulting in
fish that are healthy and arrive to you as safely and affordably
as possible. We thank you for your business, and look
forward to responding promptly to any questions,
concerns or suggestions you may have.
I will update the site regularly. Younger fish travel
better, acclimate more easily and cost less to ship,
so I will generally ship younger fish whenever
possible. For information on gently acclimating your new fish to
your water conditions, see Receiving Shipped Fish and Keeping Select
Aquatics Fish. For further, more
in depth information on how each of these species is kept and bred here, see the Care
for each species provided at each species page,
and from the Homepage
Greg Sage, Owner,
Select Aquatics of Erie, CO.
Receiving Shipped Fish The Goodeids
The Swordtails Breeding
How Hard Are They?
Keeping Select Aquatics Fish
Why Should I Keep Rare Fish?
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