Aquatics of Erie CO. is a fish room of over 130 tanks that has been
breeding and selling fish to
universities for the last 13 years. Focusing on only a few species, This
setup allows for
the breeding of larger numbers, working
with strains and species that are becoming hard to find,
or desired but rarely found in good condition.
In 2000 a gravity driven water changing setup
created that that avoided the drilling of
tanks, while providing measured daily water changes.
A photo tour of the fishroom can be found here. More in-depth information on water qualities,
equipment and procedures can be found at
"Keeping Select Aquatics
"Receiving Shipped Fish"
and "Fishkeeping Tips".
From 2000 to 2004, as chairman of the
American Livebearer Association,
I learned that many
hobbyists are looking for a
consistent, high quality source for specific, highly desired wild
Rather than offering scores of fish of moderate quality from a
variety of sources, I have bred out about
species that are often difficult to find or of special interest. If a
species needs to be given time for
pick back up, I will continue to post the species and when I expect
it will again be available
Species for Sale). If you have suggestions for a species you'd
like to see, please let me know.
In the Fishkeeping Tips
section, I attempt to post much of the information you will need to keep
them, so that your success will help keep some of these fish
around that are already endangered or
extinct in the wild. I
have also set up a "Care Tips"
section on each species to address many of the
finer husbandry requirements that some of these species need, based
on our experience at raising
them consistently and breeding them in quantity. A
photo gallery page is also
offered for most species
offering further husbandry information. For anyone concerned
about the hardiness of each species, a
guide rating the ease or difficulty of keeping each species
can be found here, while
the Articles page
offers posted and for sale published articles on various
aspects of Fishkeeping. Lastly, I have included
a list of the books
I use today and those I have depended upon over the years, each with a
I take great care that my wild lines stay pure, and generally
breed for great health, size and color.
The goal of Select Aquatics is to maintain select species in
quantity that are distinctive and highly
desired, while often
endangered or becoming impossible to import as they once were. The
limitation is space as the
number of species is dictated by the size of this
fishroom, offering species
desired enough to support the endeavor. Each fall, decisions
will be made as to what will be added,
and what may possibly
be dropped from the lineup.
Through selective breeding I have altered some lines, but there
is no crossing of species or
geographic populations of any of
my wild populations. With the X. nezhualcoyotl,
I have selectively
bred a husky, colorful line available since 1999 that is still actively
traded by hobbyists and available
at this site. I am
currently working to stabilize the High Fin
X. mayae, developed from a mutation
that occurred in this fishroom about 6 years ago.
I feed primarily commercially available dry food,
supplemented with newly hatched brine shrimp
and daphnia (raised in outdoor tubs).
Everything I ship will do fine on dry food, and all appreciate
live and frozen foods for best size, color and large broods
of healthy young.
I encourage you to write me
when a fish you are looking for is currently unavailable, and I will put
you on a wait list so that you will be notified when the fish
are ready be shipped.
See Species for Sale for more information on getting fish that are on
a wait list.
Shipment is done with USPS or
UPS, while prompt and friendly email or phone contact ensures that
you receive your order correct and when expected. Extras of
each species are always provided with
each shipment to cover any that may be lost in shipment,
though losses are becoming very rare.
Of the last 100 boxes shipped, most containing 6-20 fish per
box, we averaged less than 1 fish loss
per every 10 boxes (All but two customers let us know how
their fish arrived). Each order arrives in
a styro box containing carefully packaged fish that are
impulse sealed into channels within breather
bags, 2-3 fish per bag to help ensure live delivery. If you
are ever in the Denver area you are
welcome to stop by, see the fish room or pick up some fish-
simply drop me a line so
that I will be
sure to be here when you arrive!
If you have any questions that may not have been covered
here, just ask, and I will get right back
Select Aquatics of Erie, CO.
167 McAfee Circle
Erie, CO. 80516
Receiving Shipped Fish
Keeping Select Aquatics Fish