Fish Rescue

General Info

Please, do your homework before committing to a pet fish ownership. If you find you can’t care for your pet fish, please, never ever release it in the wild. Please, do not merely sell your outgrown fish on classifieds without learning of the buyer’s knowledge and the tank size your fish will go into. Help stop propagation of cruelty to our beloved pets.

If your fish is healthy, please, return it to a fish store or donate it to a qualified peer or to a local fish rescuer, such as us at Fish Story, where we will house it, use it for education, including that of schoolchildren of Collier County, and find it a new “for life” owner and home that pass our enclosure size and expertise requirements.

We take in large freshwater fish only. Any freshwater fish that is large or still small / young but will grow large (1-2ft+). We could take in certain marine / brackish water fish but only if they can also live in freshwater. Smaller fish may be accepted depending on tank availability.

The following are some of the fish we actually work with: South American red tail catfish (SA RTC), Asian RTC (ARTC), tiger shovelnose catfish (TSN), RTC x TSN catfish hybrid, TSN x marbled catfish hybrid, ripsaw or niger catfish, irwini catfish, wyckii catfish, lima shovelnose catfish, sun catfish, marbled catfish, any large South American (Pimelodidae, Doradidae, etc.) or Asian (Pangasiidae, Bagridae) catfish, iridescent shark catfish, paroon shark catfish, synodontis catfish, mystus catfish, pacu, arowana, arapaima, giant gourami, eel, spiny eel, blue catfish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, bullhead catfish, white catfish, gar, peacock bass, datnoid, koi, distichodus species, mahseer, barbel, labeo, black shark, calico shark, bala shark, Chinese high fin shark, tinfoil barb, any large cyprinid and characin, large cichlid, pleco catfish, bichir, knife fish, loach, red hook, silver dollar, dorado, perch, pike, carp, sturgeon, etc.

Anyone is welcome to bring their fish themselves (if needed, transport instructions will be provided).

Otherwise, depending on fish desirability, our availability, drive distance, the number of fish, the fullness of a pickup route, etc., we can pick up your fish, sooner or later. Our usual service area is Ft. Myers, Naples, Port Charlotte, Tampa, Sarasota, Lakeland, Orlando, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Homestead. Donors, please, be prepared for a possibly lengthy pickup waiting period for common fish, such as goldfish, unrated (low) quality koi, common pleco, pacu, oscar and other common cichlids, iridescent shark catfish, Florida gar, etc.

Fish Currently Available for Adoption

  • We adopt out only into properly sized* tanks/ponds and knowledgeable hands. (* See below)
  • Pickup. We don’t ship. We can deliver large orders locally, up to 6 hours away; the delivery rate is $150 per hour.
  • Asking fees are negotiable for large orders.
Cuban gar, 2 available, with certificate18″-20″$250
Irwini catfish, 5 available1.5-2ft$250
Niger/ripsaw catfish2ft$100
Pterodoras granulosus catfish, 3x avail.8″$100
Marbled Pim catfish, “plow face”2.5ft+$150
Marbled Pim catfish, 2 available2ft$200
TSN x RTC hybrid catfish2ft$150
Iridescent shark catfish1.5ft$50
Pink giant gourami2ft$200
Pink giant gourami18″$100
Red tail giant gourami2ft$250
Osphronemus giant gourami18″$100
Florida gar, dwarf / stunted18″$50
African mbuna cichlid, many avail.3″-4″$10
African mbuna cichlid, many avail.5″-6″$20
African blue peacock cichlid, 50 avail.
Red devil cichlid, 30 available7″-9″$10
Midas cichlid adult male12″$50
Albino oscar, high quality, male6″$30
Koi, std & butterfly, 10 available10″-16″$25-$75
Goldfish, std & longfin comet, 20 avail.6″-12″$5-$10

From our personal collection
(bought and raised by us)

Marbled sailfin catfish2.5ft$500
Pterodoras granulosus catfish2.5ft$1000
Koi, average quality18″-24″$100
Koi, better quality18″-24″$150-$200
Koi, show quality16″-20″$300-$1K

What’s a properly sized tank?

  • If you are looking to adopt a fish from our Rescue (or for general guidance) & wondering how big an enclosure to have now & to eventually provide for your pet fish as it grows, you may find our compilation of links useful. We recommend including this in your homework.
  • You will learn about:
    • what tank to plan for what fish
    • what is stunting
    • what is brown blood disease aka methemoglobinemia