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Tropics Of Tampa

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Location: FL, United States


Tropical fish and aquatic life.

I have been involved in tropical fish and related items my whole life.  My dad had a fish shop way back in the 50's and I maintained several tanks all my entire youth.  I am a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BS in Arts and Sciences with a specialty in marine zoology.  In the 80's I was general manager of a chain of 4 Retail fish stores, and a wholesale distributor in the Washington DC area.  In the late 80s I was a sales person for one of the largest fish importers/wholesalers in California.  Then in the 90's I managed a Florida  wholesale tropical fish distributor specializing in providing fish for major pet chain stores.  Later I founded, owned and operated a Tropical Fish distribution company in Florida.  Working directly with numerous Florida fish farms , consolidating their products, and shipping to fish stores all over the country.  I did this for 9 years until I sold the company.  Afterward I became a sales person for the largest fish farm/wholesaler in Florida and held that position for 6 years.  

Now, I'm up in years, and raise fish in my own fish room at my home in Florida just for the fun of it and ship them to directly to fish hobbyists around the country.



At Tropics of Tampa, we are proud of the livestock we ship.  Every fish, plant, shrimp, or snail was raised right here in my fish room.   I have been packing and shipping fish for many years.  Although rare and unlikely, anything can happen when shipping live animals. 

In the unlikely event that any of our animals arrive dead on arrival please email to us photos of the fish in the unopened bag within 2 hours of the first delivery attempt and I will replace or refund the item, excluding shipping cost.  

In the event of shipping delays or damage caused by the shipper, you would need to claim with the carrier which is usually the USPS.

We use United States Postal Service Priority  shipping.   We have had very good results with this service.  Depending on your location, most shipments arrive within 2 days.  The fish are packed to survive for much longer so there is rarely an issue.   


We ship on Tuesday mornings.  

Why Tuesday?   We usually isolate any fish to be shipped on Monday.  We do not feed the fish on Monday that are to be shipped on Tuesday except for fry.  By shipping on Tuesday, most fish will arrive on Thursday, but if not 99% would arrive by Friday, avoiding fish sitting in a shipping box over the weekend.


We charge a flat rate of $19.00 for shipping via Priority 2-3 day shipping with the United States Postal Service.  The shipping price INCLUDES not only the livestock, but also INCLUDES the bag, heat or cold pack as needed, the shipping materials, etc.  

IMPORTANT:   The $19.00 Shipping charge is the same regardless of how many items you add to your order.  It is not $19 for each bag of fish.

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating: 4.64/5.0

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: I am very satisfied with the service, shipping speed and overall quality/health of my order. The pack of guppy fry I received are all very colorful, active and apparently happy and healthy. Thank you all very much! I will definitely do business with your organization again and highly recommend you. Any deals on noncaridina shrimp?
  • Rating Date: 10/08/2023
  • Order Date: 09/05/2023
  • Buyer: deekeys

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: All guppy fry are very lively and some were hanging out around the little plant that was included. Package was secure and arrived quickly. Would definitely buy from again!!
  • Rating Date: 09/06/2023
  • Order Date: 09/04/2023
  • Buyer: RhondaJean

  • Rating: 1 / 5
  • Comment: My order was for 40 guppies Irecieved around 20. The box packing was great . They were double bagged and the first bag leaked with over 6 guppies crushed ! All guppies left are so young! This is not worth my time to make a video or pictures. I am pursing payment refund but no way of getting customer service!
  • Rating Date: 08/24/2023
  • Order Date: 08/18/2023
  • Buyer: tigr

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: I received the fish on Friday, the package was damaged but the fish were ok. I am so happy with my guppies.
  • Rating Date: 08/11/2023
  • Order Date: 08/04/2023
  • Buyer: Vanylherald

  • Rating: 4 / 5
  • Comment: I ordered the 20 guppy fry pack and received them today. Unfortunately 2 had already passed and a third is struggling to hang on. Over all though I have gotten the same results though from the big box stores at a little over double the price of these. I requested that they ensure both male and female and some of the fry are advanced enough that I can say they did fulfill that request. While they are to young to say that I am absolutely in love with them….. I am satisfied that watching them grow should provide me with quite a bit of enjoyment.
  • Rating Date: 01/12/2023
  • Order Date: 01/08/2023
  • Buyer: RoniG

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Fish look great and were sent out right away
  • Rating Date: 10/21/2022
  • Order Date: 10/17/2022
  • Buyer: Ricky McFish

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: I ordered 2 pair of their beautiful Black Moscow Guppies. I received extra fish I can’t believe, this is so generous. Packed wonderful, on time. I also ordered some plants, very very happy with Tropics Of Tampa, rating goes to 5, they deserve a 10
  • Rating Date: 08/25/2022
  • Order Date: 08/17/2022
  • Buyer: BobW199

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Fantastic transaction. All healthy and well packaged. Great communication.
  • Rating Date: 07/31/2022
  • Order Date: 07/25/2022
  • Buyer: Fish Cabinet

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Buy with confidence! Amazed by the high quality of the guppies. All arrived in great shape, packed well. Thanks for the extras!
  • Rating Date: 05/11/2021
  • Order Date: 05/02/2021
  • Buyer: GMen92

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: I am very happy with my order so far. They seem lively and happy. Hopefully these guys continue to do this well
  • Rating Date: 02/13/2021
  • Order Date: 02/07/2021
  • Buyer: Daisygoat

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: All are doing amazing. Packed really well. Recommended seller. A+++++ Will definitely order again.
  • Rating Date: 01/23/2021
  • Order Date: 01/14/2021
  • Buyer: Kimmiejack82

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Amazing seller. Everything was alive and doing great.
  • Rating Date: 01/23/2021
  • Order Date: 01/15/2021
  • Buyer: Kimmiejack82

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: Fish arrived in excellent condition Packing. Was awesome Communication with seller was great I would recommend this seller
  • Rating Date: 01/14/2021
  • Order Date: 01/08/2021
  • Buyer: dougm114

  • Rating: 5 / 5
  • Comment: I ordered 2 trios plus 1 female. I was a little apprehensive ordering in December, but the 2 day shipping alleviated my worries. The fish were shipped on Tuesday, and arrived today, Thursday. All fish were alive and active, there was even fry in the bag. They shipped 2 extra which I greatly appreciate. I will order from them again
  • Rating Date: 12/10/2020
  • Order Date: 12/04/2020
  • Buyer: Mr B Aquatics