Fish Handling Advice


I would highly recommend you don’t drip acclimate. As the fish release waste (ammonia) in the water the pH also drops. That is good as ammonia becomes less toxic the lower the pH. But as you drip acclimate the pH rises and the ammonia becomes more and more toxic. Just allow the bags to warm or cool as needed and then open the bags, pull the fish out (or pour them into a net) tossing the toxic shipping water, and get the fish into the tank/clean water ASAP. Scarry, I know. But that is how I handle all of my fish. MUCH better results this way.

Spring is in the air???

OK, maybe not spring but I’m looking at temps above 30 for the high and above 20 for the low for the first time in what seems like a month!
Temperatures this coming Monday into Tuesday actually look like they should be warm enough for shipping for those of you that are in next day arrival zip codes!
Email me to set up your order, invoice, and shipping this weekend if you are ready to receive some fish.

Winter Shipping Update

Temps here, especially at night, are getting near the teens. Tough shipping, especially for those of you that fall into the 2 days of transit even with Express Service. . Because of that and the proximity to Christmas and all of the extra packages being shipped I AM NOT offering any guarantees with shipping. That said, I’m taking every possible step I can to pack the fish so they can make their trips safely. It would also help to have Express packages sent “hold for pick up” at a USPS brnach near you. That can save the fish a few hours on a cold truck going out for delivery and the possibility of having them sit on your door step in the cold.

If you live in an area that Southwest airlines flies into I would strongly encourage you to consider haing your fish sent that way. Yes, it means having to go to air cargo to pick up your box but I can get the fish to you in about 24 hours and in some cases even closer to 12 hours! And the fish don’t send any any extra time bouncing around on a delivery truck out in the cold. Prices for shipping air cargo for most boxes run in the $50-60 range.


I just posted some sales under on the Tank Clear page. Check them out! Fist come first served as supplies are limited on these fish,

Updated In-Stock List

I just updated my in-stock list and made what are hopefully some improvements. Not only is the format changed to make it easier to find section headings and see all of the prices but I also started adding links for pictures. Let me know what you think and if it works for you.

So why order from

15+ years of shipping fish
35+ years in the hobby
25+ years in the industry
Proper ID’s are a passion
No Turn and Burn, I strive to send out healthy properly quarantined fish
Live Arrival Guarantee with a refund or replacement for DOAs
I’m a fellow hobbiest treating you like I want to be treated.
I got into this because I was frustrated by the limited selection, poor quality, and improper ID and sexing of fish.
Styrofoam shipping boxes WITH heat packs (when needed).

Contact Reminder

Just a reminder that YOU are the only one that can see the comments you post on this web site.  I can’t even see them unless I’m at my desk top computer and logged into the admin side of things which does not happen daily. So PLEASE send you questions and orders to me at:

aquaticclarity @

Breeding Bells and Cones

Discus breeding cones and pleco breeding bells (spawning caves) now in stock.

Breeding Cones $18 each 3 or more $15 each

Unglazed Pleco Bells $7 each 3 or more $6 each
Glazed Pleco Bells $9 each 3 or more $8 each