To Buy: Follow each link to the
species page. To order, simply email me at
or call or text me at
(303) 204-8662. After trying a variety of payment options, customers have
preferred to simply deposit funds into the
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site after contacting me. If you do not wish to sign into Paypal,
wish to pay by credit card, a simple, secure Paypal
billing invoice can be sent to your email address for payment if
Wait Lists: If you
would like a fish currently being wait listed, simply email me and I
will put you on the wait list and contact
you as soon as they can be shipped. No payment is made
until just before delivery, but payment needs to be made before
shipment can take place. Adding your name to a wait
list requires no obligation- you are simply offered the fish when it
becomes available, and you can choose to wait wait
until another time, or taken off the wait list entirely at any time.
Pricing may change with availability, and usually,
(unless stated otherwise), 1-3 extra fish of each species ordered are
added at no charge to cover any that may be lost in
shipping, though losses are rare.
Some of the more
challenging species can be slow to breed, or breed only seasonally, and
a fish being put on to a wait list
may mean a wait of longer than a couple months until
they are again available. The intent of Select Aquatics, however, is to
maintain these species for the future- a fish may be
wait listed, but it will again be available, as soon as possible. We are
now at 130 tanks here, and at just 30 species, so those
species in need of extra tank space to grow and breed properly can
be provided with what they need.
Wait List Only Fish-
The breeding habits and high demand of some species may require
availability from wait lists only-
as young sex out, the next person on the wait list is
contacted and the fish are offered for sale. Obviously the goal is to
provide enough tanks to allow numbers to increase
making this a short term solution. As Select Aquatics grows, I am
constantly adding tanks to make that happen- the C.
lateralis, S. multipunctata and Limia nigrofasciata are species
where demand has been greater than their reproduction,
and supply issues for these fish are being addressed.
I keep close tabs on my wait lists, and you can always
ask how far out a fish is from being available. A newsletter is
being prepared that will go out in the next few months
with updates, photos and articles on keeping these fish to better
keep in touch with wait list customers and others on
the lookout for quality rare and beautiful livebearer species.
An effort is being made to maintain a stable collection
of species that changes rarely, providing a consistent resource
for species that are in demand and stay routinely
difficult to find. To see the current lineup of species currently being
kept by Select Aquatics, please see
Species Lineup. Those available for
sale will be listed and updated on the Home Page,
as well as those species that are unavailable
temporarily, and their pages will stay posted at this site. For those
that require more time to return to sellable numbers,
their pages will be taken down temporarily and put back up when
they are again either available for sale or are being
wait listed to be soon available again. If a species is entirely
discontinued- hopefully a very rare and infrequent
occurrence, its mention will be removed from this page as well as the
Species Lineup Page.
Shipping- I keep
in close touch with all customers throughout the ordering and shipping
process, and use USPS overnight
Express Mail and Priority Mail exclusively, as
they are much less expensive, and the success rate has been very good.
I will ship by UPS or FedEx when requested. Rates vary
by distance from Denver, and size and weight of the box. When
an order is made I must estimate the shipping cost- if
I ever overestimate on an order (except Aquabid orders where
shipping is stated in the ad) by more than
$6 I will refund the difference. 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, Priority Mail
averages $25. Rates gradually increase as the weight
and size of the box increases. All fish are not fed 24-48 hrs. prior
to being shipped, and are sent in a carefully packed styrofoam
box, the fish professionally impulse sealed into comfortable,
individual chambers in breather bags. See
Receiving Shipped Fish for more
Comments: If you
have any comments, questions, suggestions or complaints, please do not
hesitate to contact me.
I respond to all emails within 24 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, (see
and which species those continue to be is dependant on
demand and the feedback I receive. I look forward to the continued
conversations and providing fish that often cannot be
found anywhere else!
Thank you for checking out this site and buying from
Select Aquatics- your purchase supports keeping these fish in the
hobby, and contributes to maintaining populations of
these beautiful animals that are disappearing from the wild.
Greg Sage- Owner
6 fry- $25.00, $6.00 as adults. 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.
- This population is stable and doing well, with a variety of all ages
available for sale.
Ameca splendens- $7.50 as
adults, 5 fry- $30
An especially attractive line of the original wild
population, these are a striking, hardy and fairly prolific goodeid.
Now essentially considered extinct in teh wild, theis
species used to be distributed throughout the hobby and is
now less commonly seen.
-Reintroduced after a number of requests for them, it
was discontinued only about 6 months ago. I was able to
re-obtain the same stock and am breeding it back out
again. A few can be made available, but its numbers should
be back up within 1-2 months. Email
for current availability.
Danio roseus- $6.00 each as young,
-These are new to Select Aquatics, and are simply a larger (2.5-3.0
inches) beautiful, reflective royal blue fish with
red fins that does well with livebearers. Not a
hobby hybrid, these were imported from Thailand and are a pure
strain. An excellent non- aggressive schooling
community fish, they also breed fairly easily in typical Danio fashion.
- Approximately 50
adults have grown out and are at their full color. To make room for more
fish will be
discontinued after these are sold.
Xenotoca eiseni- $7.50 as
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, as they can be
- I obtained a large group of young adults, and
will begin breeding them here to always have them going. They are
doing well, and I expect they should
be dependably available after spawns begin this spring.
furcidens- 5 fry- $30.00, $7.50 as adults 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 have really taken off, and truly begun to consistently show the
intense, complex markings I have been selecting for.
A recent pic just 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 cool, distinctive fish
that doesn't look like anything else kept in the hobby.
Limia "Tiger", Lake Miragoane, Haiti- 5 fry-
$30.00, $6.50 as
sexed out adolescents.
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
easily. 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
young, which are then raised separately. Closely related to
the Limia nigrofasciata, 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
algea eating shrimp that does
not bother livebearer fry, great cleaning shrimp, prolific. .75 inch
-These are available in fairly large quantities. Though
listed at .50 each, I generally send a healthy sized group of at least
6 fry- $30.00, $7.50 as adults Odessa Barb
Reputed to have the brightest red of
any freshwater fish, this fish is truly breathtaking. 2 inches
- We have many of these, but the males take 7-8 months to develop the
red stripe. Until then it is difficult to distinguish
them from the females. Best in groups of 5 or more,
unsexed groups of 6 are available that offer both future pairs
and a group large enough to show their schooling
behavior. Recent improvements have led to brilliantly red fish.
being recreated here, resulting in fish possessing color like nothing
else available for the home aquarium.
Vinegar Eel Starter Culture-
$5.00 A tiny
aquatic nematode used to feed small fry
I keep a supply of about 30 2-liter containers going, and ship in plastic bottles
or breather bags. When shipped with an order
of fish there is no extra shipping charge.
alvarezi- 6 fry- $30.00, $7.50 The Blue Swordtail
Arguably the most
beautiful of any Xiphophorus swordtail. A
striking blue sheen covers the caudal peduncle in the 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 separately.
Xiphophorus alvarezi, Gold-
$10 each Also bred from mutations of the wild X. alvarezi, this line has
been in production
for over 4 years, and has begun to produce large, husky
brightly colored fish that are both hardy and prolific.
- Many of these are growing out and being chosen for sale based on
size and color. Email
for current availability. Fry and occasional young
pairs are available,
Xiphophorus mayae, Rio Bellaire, Honduras- 6 1-6 mos.
old fish- $25.00
largest swordtail by body size in the
world, rare in the hobby, only identified recently (1992) and a very beautiful
fish. 5+ inches.
- These are doing great and many 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
8 are usually sent, as available), so that the hobbyist
can grow them out to their full size with frequent feedings of quality
adequate aeration and water changes. Recently, we
have stopped selling near adults or adult fish (Except by request, and
when available), because they grow so
large. It became impossible to provide the space required to sell adult
fish at their
full size, and I did not want
to ship fish that weren't as large as they could have been. This way you
can raise them up as big
as you like, with
all the space and food they need!
montezumae, Tomosopo- $7.50 each, 2 pair minimum. 6 fry-
$40. 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
usually past 5 inches. A magnificent fish.
- This line of montezumaes has been very popular, and I recently
sold down to my adult breeding pairs.
Many young are growing out, and they are
available. See the
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.
Zoogoneticus tequila- 5 fry- $30.00, $7.50 as adults.
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 special fish.
- This fish is now doing very well, with many available of all age
groups. This fish has generally bred seasonally for me,
in that their breeding declines during the winter months. But their
numbers are up and they are ready to go in groups of
fry or pairs.
Previously published articles such as "Beginning
and Maintaining a Selective Breeding Program", "Raising
Moving Fishrooms and an article
on building and maintaining an automatic, no drilling of tanks
Water Changing System.
Other authors have also begun to contribute free articles, posted on
that page. Currently there are articles on the high fin
mollies and the development of the high fin
mayae that are posted free for use.
Recently developed here at Select Aquatics after
years of searching for an effective plant fertilizer for larger fishrooms
that is both amazing as a fertilizer
and inexpensive, each 6 oz. container will treat over 40,000 gallons.
general use fertilizer is mixed at
1.5 teaspoons per gallon of water, then dosed at 1.5 oz. per 30 gallon
you only need to fertilize
month. It is currently $12 per container with $8.00 shipping.
Characodon lateralis, Los Berros- $10.00
Considered to be the most beautiful goodeid, it is also critically endangered
and not easy to find in the hobby. This is a
partcularly bright red line that I have been
selectively breeding for especially intense red and black coloring
body, as well as the fins.
- This fish is currently wait-listed until their numbers
pick back up. I expect them to be available again soon. A fish that
tends to breed seasonally, young are being grown out as
breeders for the spring and hopefully they will be available
in larger numbers once again. A
recent video (March
2013) shows where they are today.
Jenynsia lineata, Arroyo India Moreta,
Uruguay - $10.00 each as young adults. Highly desired in the
hobby, this species
has a distinctive appearance and has the
unjustified reputation for being slightly more difficult to maintain and
Information provided in the Care Guide has proven
to make this population easy to keep and care for, hardy and prolific.
collected from Uruguay for Select Aquatics, this beautiful line is doing
well and reproducing quickly.
This population displays the same dark, well defined
linear markings of populations previously in the hobby, but
are proving to be particularly hardy and prolific. An
active schooling fish, when well fed frequently with occasional
higher protein foods these grow quickly and will drop
5-15 large young roughly every 6-8 weeks. (depending on temperature)
A group of approximately 50 young adults is about to
start producing young, and it will be those fry that
will be sold, hopefully available spring 2013. A few
pairs are available now, simply email
Limia nigrofasciata, Lake
Miragoane, Haiti- 5 fry-
$30.00, $7.50 as adults,
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.
After a recent setback these are coming back and beginning
to drop fry again.
They should be regularly available again shortly.
Xiphophorus alvarezi, albino- $10 each. Bred out from mutations born to the
X. alvarezi line offered at this site, a pure white
or translucent fish with deep red stripes has been the
goal. This has become a very pretty, delicate fish in appearance.
-These are slowly coming along, and I am holding off on selling them
until individuals with the multiple bright red striping become
the norm, such as is the case with the breeders (see
Though producing many beautiful fish, the predominant red coloring
is not as set in recent fry as I had hoped. The red
does increase with age, and a few breeding pairs continue to produce
Hopefully, with good color and size young adolescents
should be available shortly.
Xiphophorus helleri, Rio
Otapa- $10.00 young sexed adults, 6 fry- $40
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 are
proving to be fairly prolific, but this population has tended to
produce spawns that are male heavy. This is a tendency
that can settle down as they are kept in aquarium conditions
after a few generations (The
alfaro cultratus also used
to do this, but now breeds pretty close to 50/50). It may be best
to sell these only after they are old enough that clear
females can be identified.
Many fry are growing out to be offered
sale months shortly.
species are being developed or worked on for the future, and will be
introduced to the lineup as they become
available for sale. If you wish to be added to
the wait list for a fish being developed, or wish to ask what is coming,
simply email me at
The site is regularly updated, and the availability listing is kept
current at the homepage.
I currently raise most fish sold by Select Aquatics,
and generally maintain large quantities of each species offered so 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
that you will always receive at least what you have paid
for. If a species offered is not currently available, please
email me with
how many you would like and I will put you on a wait
list, and contact you as soon as they can be shipped.
I will update the site regularly. Younger fish travel better,
acclimate more easily and cost less to ship, so I will generally ship
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
Information page 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?