This post is long overdue. During the fantastic November 2011 FOTAS convention in San Antonio, Texas I was able to visit a very good fish friend of mine Dave Schumacher. Many of you probably know him as “Rare” Dave as he runs Dave’s Rare Fish .
Dave is one of the best suppliers and breeders of cichlids for the hobbyist market. He has an expansive list that has the best diversity I’ve seen from any supplier out on the market, with a couple hundred different species and location variants of fish available. Dave primarily sells African cichlids but also has some new world cichlids as well as barbs, catfish, and tetras. Dave is one of the best suppliers for Victorian cichlids and has some fantastic pure lines of Vics not always available to hobbyists. I’ve gotten numerous fish from Dave in the past that have been fantastic, but I’ve never been to his shop before. Here are some of the cool and beautiful fish Dave is working with and has for sale.
Dave has some beautiful Madagascan cichlids in his shop.
Dave also has some of the common fish that are classics in the hobby.
Dave has catfish to
Dave had some strange and interesting Tanganyikans I’ve never seen in person before.
Dave had a very cool West African show tank with a beautiful school of Congo tetras and Benitochromis nigrodorsalis.
Tropheus are popular fish in the hobby. Dave had a nice group of Tropheus duboisi in his tanks that were spawning
Here are some of the stunning Malawi cichlids Dave has.
I’d like to thank Dave Schumacher for a fantastic tour of his facility. If you’re in the San Antonio area, you should make time to give Dave a call and see if you can get a tour. If not, his fish are available online and I’d highly recommend ordering from him as his quality is fantastic.