Since 1970, South Texas's oldest and, form what we here and read, most recommended Tropical Fish Store
STARTING JANUARY 3 2015 WE WILL OPEN AT 12 NOON ON SATURDAYS. NOT AT 10 AM
Closed December 23,24 and 25th, layaways for Christmas must be picked-up by closing on the 22td.
we do old fashion layaways on most, not all items.
Click for IDEAS ABOUT AQUARIUM SETUPS and some fish info
We have gotten very few negative reviews about how we treat the parents of children who do not want to supervise thier children. Children are the future of our business, but when bad parents allow them to act rudely, hit aquariums and run in the store, EVERYONE should act. No one should blame any store for an irresponsible parents lack of control over thier children. Nor should any store have to baby sit, so to speak, any child. Yes, we may we may talk loudly to them, or ask them to leave, but if the parents do not want to be adults and control thier children, what other course of action do stores have. Our number 1 concern is the child's safety. We do not want children, other customers, or the fish in our store to get stressed or hurt due to the lack of parental supervision.
This the a parental problem and not the Child's, or any employee of any store !!!
we Generally do not carry aquariums over 90 gallons. compare and have stores bid or go on the internet, and you should get a really great prices on larger aquariums. We even encourage in house, phone or paper and pencil price research. Compare the price of everything else before you buy. (remember to add the shipping cost of the item if bought off the internet.) We do not price match, We let them match us.
Customers have told us that the extra cost of gas did not compare to the big savings they saved by driving here to buy what they wanted.
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Specials, Set-ups, Common Aquariums, Stands plus more
Facts that are nice to know about our fish and our industry
Fintique has been serving tropical fish hobbyist since 1975 at 701 West Ave San Antonio Texas. Please use the web or call us at 210-735-2829 to acquire driving directions. During this period we have seen many fads come and go, but we have remained steadfast in our goal. To provide you with the best and widest selection, highest quality, and unsurpassed prices on tropical fish and supplies. To ensure this we believe in...
Yes, we could sell you items you don't need to make high dollar sales like some, but why. At Fintique we believe that understanding your aquarium will guarantee a successful and happy aquarium, and a loyal repeat customer. Spending allot of money on non-needed or 'high-tech' items probably will not. Not fully understanding why a fancy high dollar item, verses a lower costing item is needed for your tank to succeeded and prosper causes major problems. Verify informationn from the web. Most post may have been made by others living in areas which do not match San Antonio's water chemistry. Over many years in business we have found this to be very true.
"Spending large amounts of money on your freshwater OR saltwater set-up will not relate to how any aquarium will perform". It will allow you to brag though.
Understand your aquarium and think like a fish. Do fish get intense lighting 10-12 hours per day ? (i.e.. think, sunrise-sunset, not mid-day all the time). Would you like to swim in a sewer ? ( not doing regular partial water changes ) ? There is no such thing as a miracle, or no-water change - filtering system, unless that is your buying the cities sewage plant as your filter. Swimming in to much or too little water flow ? These and other factors will affect the health of your fish.
Another benefit is we say Should or Might for advice we give. This is because for "mandatory" advise someone gives you, I can give an example of someone else doing it another way and being just as successful. Why buy expensive not needed items just because a salesperson told you; you must have it for your fish to live and prosper. In our retail area we have used undergravel filters for over 35 years. For over 39 years in our holding area we have used only two sponge filters per 29-45 gallon aquarium and have kept fish extremely well and for long periods. Try to understand HOW your aquarium works. Most aquariums do better without fancy and costly items. Most high tech items cost more than old tech and generally contain more pieces that can break. Lately finding replacement items for them can be very difficult if at all. Try to understand the biological cycle instead of loosing your hard earned cash to a good salesperson or on-line recommendation.
We have undergravel filters in all but 2 of our saltwater tanks and all but 5 of our freshwater aquariums for over 39 years with no problems. Our aquariums are not interconnected which can and does spread illness from one aquarium to another on the same supply line. Just about all other stores have stopped carrying or recommending undergravel filters because they do not generate repeat sales for filter pads and media. Most aquariums do better with undergravel filters. Just remember, their is no bad filter system. Fintique sells all types of filters. We carry over 10 types of water conditioners and hundreds of other chemicals and supplies Yes, we sell some high-tech items and chemicals, plus some of the must have fad items. We do not ship livestock. From what customers have told us, (even from Austin, Houston, Dallas and other cities) we have the best selection, quality, and price of livestock and aquarium ornaments, big, small and unusual in Texas.
Fish room is closes 10 minutes before closing time
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 to 6:30
Thursday 10:00 to 6:30, All saltwater livestock 25% off today
Saturday 10:00 to 5:00 AFTER THE NEW YEAR, 12 NOON TO 5 PM.
Sunday 12:00 to 4:00
CLOSED Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and 4th of July. And other posted days