Since 1970, South Texas's oldest and, from what we have heard and read, S.A's highest recommended Tropical Fish Store
Please use the web or call us at 210-735-2829 to acquire driving directions
Click here for IDEAS ABOUT AQUARIUM SETUPS and some fish info
we cannot physically carry aquariums over 90 gallons. compare and have stores bid or go on the internet. you should get a really great Deal on larger aquariums. We encourage our customers to do price researching. Compare the price of everything including shipping, before you buy though. We do not price match, We let them match our prices.
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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. 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! First try to understand your aquarium. At Fintique we believe that understanding your aquarium will guarantee you a successful and happy aquarium. Spending allot of money on non-needed or 'high-tech' items probably will not help you succeed. Verify all information from the web. Many 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 following to be exceptionally true.
"Spending large amounts of money on your freshwater OR saltwater set-up will not relate to how any aquarium will perform". It does 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. Just toping up an aquarium when water evaporates only concentrates bad items in the aquarium. 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 40 years. For over 30 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 with each other . Disease cannot spread from one aquarium to another, as they do, if they are on the filter/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 though, their is no bad filter system, all have advantages and disadvantages. 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.
Children are the future of our business, but when irresponsible adults allow them to act rudely, hit aquariums and run in the store, EVERYONE should act. We will ask you to leave our store if you do not want to or cannot do this one small task. No one should ever blame any store or store employee for taking action because of an irresponsible parent or Guardians lack of control over their children. Stores should not have to baby sit, (so to speak), any child. Yes, we may we may talk loudly to them or the aduit, or ask them to leave. BUT if the parents or Guardians do not want to be adults and supervise 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 is a problem of the parents, and not the Child's, or any employee of ANY store. !!!
These are the correct hours.
Fish room is closes 10 minutes before closing time
MONDAY ONLY 12 NOON TILL 630PM
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 10:00 to 6:30
Thursday 10:00 to 6:30, All saltwater livestock 25% off today
Saturday 12 NOON TO 5 PM. Sunday 12:00 to 4:00
CLOSED Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and 4th of July.
Other Monday Holidays- 12 noon till 6pm.