Coral Propagation

We offer a wide selection of cultured SPS, LPS, soft coral, and polyps ranging from large colonies down to small frags. Come in and take a look at our propagation systems, frag tanks, and coral reef displays to see some of the best corals in the world.

Leasing Services

We offer custom and semi custom aquariums, terrariums and reef tanks specializing in design, installation and maintenance for your office or home. We have a highly trained staff that will ensure your aquarium always looks its best. One monthly fee covers maintenance, livestock, food, and equipment guarantee.


Our expert staff is on call to fix or maintain any aquarium, pond, or terrarium in Colorado. We offer flexible scheduling and no job is too big or too small. Rates start at $75/hr. Give us a call today to get your aquarium looking its best.

Herps, Insects and Arachnids

We offer a large selection of exotic reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, and insects. We carry any supplies you may need, including live and frozen feeder items.



Welcome to Aqua Imports online!

Aqua Imports is a locally owned and operated business serving Boulder, CO and the surrounding areas since 1989. We offer a knowledgeable and trained staff with over 150 years of combined experience in the pet industry.

We have the largest selection of fresh water fish, plants, herps, and salt water livestock in the area. We offer aquatic maintenance services to the Denver/Boulder metro area. Our store carries all the supplies you need for your fish, corals, dogs, cats, or reptiles.

Please visit our store today and meet our friendly and experienced team.

We are proud to carry

bubble magus
Ecotech Marine
Exo Terra
AcroOptics LED’s

Our philosophy

Tired of dealing with big box stores and a generic experience? Visit us at Aqua Imports and we can guarantee one on one interaction with a knowledgeable employee enthusiastic about answering questions and giving the best information possible.


  • Aqua Imports has installed and maintained several reef and fresh water aquariums in my homes over the years.  They are true experts in their field and I have gorgeous displays to show for it.  I highly recommend their services to anyone wanting a top notch aquarium in their home or business.
    Jay Adler  
  • From a Nanocube to a display tank with sump/system in the basement. Aqua Imports has been there for me for over 15 years.  From early days of understanding how to cycle a tank, to programming a controller, they’ve had the expertise to educate me at every step of the way.  Mike and Tom have great experience, a gift for teaching, and truly care about their customers.
    Todd Schulte  
  • Aqua Imports has provided exceptional education and animals for my classroom.  As an elementary school teacher, I think it is important for students to learn about unique animals, their adaptations, and life cycles.  It is amazing to see the students’ curiosity and enthusiastic interaction with reptiles and amphibians.  Aqua Imports has given me great advice and helped my animals thrive for years.  Every time I visit the shop, they are extremely outgoing and willing to listen and share their knowledge.
    Nancy McCarthy  

Frequently asked questions

How do I treat fish disease?

Most likely caused by poor water quality or an environmental parameter out of line. Check the nitrogen levels, temps, salinity, etc and rectify any issues. A treatment of malachite green or copper can then fix parasite issues and an antibiotic can treat for infections.

Why won't my reptile eat?

The heat is not optimal for digestion and metabolism. Also check that the photoperiod is long enough to mimic summer hours when they are most active. Humidity and UVB levels should also be monitored if required.

How often should I change aquarium water?

Often enough to dilute any issues that build in the aquarium. This is normally a buildup of organic matter or nitrate. Our recommendation is to purchase a nitrate test kit and change water as needed to meet the necessary safe levels for your inhabitants. For some this is 10% once a week and others once a month. It is dependent upon bioload and amount of feeding. Keep in mind you have an enclosed system, nutrient input should equal nutrient output for a healthy environment.

Why is my tank cloudy?

Green cloud is an algae bloom. This can be remedied by employing a uv sterilizer or diatom filter. Results are fast and it acts as a good pathogen preventative as well. Grey/white cloud could be from sediment suspended in the water column. A flocculating agent will easily settle the particles and return the tank to normal. Another grey/white cloud could come from bacteria suspended in the water column. This occurs often in a new tank or a tank that has been “over cleaned.” Let the tank settle down and don’t disturb the substrate. Overfeeding can also cause these issues. A water change to remove any leftover food will help get the cloudiness under control.

Why is my coral turning brown?

There are many reasons this could happen. Bring a water sample in to our store and let us help you trouble shoot the issues. Also make note of your water temperature, filtration, and equipment so we have the whole “scoop” before you come in.

Why do I have so much algae growth?

Too much light and nutrients. Algae need nitrogens and phosphorus along with light to grow. Light in most tanks can’t be eliminated, but could be reduced and there are very low requirements for nitrogen and phosphorus with most animals. Feed less, reduce light, do more water changes, employ some phosphate scavenging medias.




We have 2,125 gallons of retail aquariums and displays. We try to have a little of everything in stock. Great selection of inverts, cleaners, corals, and fish.

Coral Propagation

We grow and frag many corals in house. This allows us to offer high end corals at an extremely low price.


Over 200 retail aquariums stocking a variety of exotic fish, shrimp, snails, plants and more. Micro fish and inverts to large predators can all be found on a regular basis. We pride ourselves on our “oddball” selection.


Exotic reptiles and amphibians from all over the world. We offer beginner pets with low maintenance to exotics requiring an experience hobbyist.

We offer complete aquarium packages – just ask us!

Packages include everything you need to set up a thriving environment for your livestock. Easy and affordable. Complete with our professional guidance.


Fully custom or standard displays for one monthly fee. No worries, no maintenance, all livestock and equipment fully guaranteed. Custom furniture available.


No job too big or too small. Let us make your pond, terrarium, or aquarium as hands off as you’d like. We have a dedicated team of experts that can help with any project.

Training & Education

We offer as much knowledge as we can with everything we sell. If you are in need of more education or have questions we are happy to help. You can call or stop by anytime and pick our brains. There’s no such thing as a bad question. We are happy when our customers are successful with their animals.

Special Orders

If it’s available, we’ll get it for you. Some orders may require a deposit and some items are seasonal. Give us a call for more info.







I have been involved as a hobbyist and professional in the pet industry for over 25 years. Over that time, I have accumulated much experience with aquatic life support, custom installations, marine and freshwater organisms, aquaculture and aquatic system engineering. Along with Aqua Imports, I also collaborate with Teens4Oceans, a non-profit youth led organization promoting stewardship of our oceans and helped found View Into the Blue, a technology company providing custom data collection equipment and live submersible video streaming.




I started keeping aquariums, reptiles and amphibians at a very young age. My father and older brother kept aquariums and as soon as I was old enough I had an aquarium, too. My interest in animals and their husbandry led me to attain a Biology degree the University of Colorado, where I worked in a lab studying the behavior of venomous snakes. When I was a senior in college, a high school friend and I started Aqua Imports in our garage. We started by doing just aquarium maintenance and this has evolved to include a retail store that has been serving Boulder for over 25 years.




I started in the reptile hobby over 20 years ago and my passion and enthusiasm for animals has only grown. In 2006 I joined the Aqua Imports team and began my career as an aquarist. I have had the opportunity to work within zoos around the country as an aquarist and as a manager. One of my favorite experiences was establishing a large breeding program for seahorses and pipefish, which became part of the SSP (Species Survival Program) within the AZA. I am excited to be part of the Aqua imports team again.




In elementary school, I had guest speakers come in with a variety of different creatures ranging from birds that dominate the sky to lizards that create their own camouflage. Ever since, I have loved the world of exotic fish and reptiles. The ability to work with such a diverse group of animals is an amazing experience. Animals are my passion along with the study of the environments they come from.





I was 3 years old when my father took me to a pond near my house to catch frogs. A year later, I was collecting frogs, turtles, snakes and fish. At this point I was hooked. Since then, I’ve kept over 100 different species of reptiles and amphibians as well as many different aquariums and earned a bachelor’s degree from CU in biology. I am one of the few people who actually appreciate freshwater aquariums more than saltwater. These hobbies have led me to be involved in the aquarium and reptile industry for over 30 years. Come on by the store and let’s talk fish.




I have kept many different species of reptiles for years and have had small fish tanks threw out my life. I currently live in a 150 sq. foot tiny house and am limited to one small 15gal saltwater tank. In my free time I play roller derby with the Boulder County Bombers and garden. In five years time, I would like to see myself sitting in Greece eating olives…. but i will settle happily with continuing my life surrounded by friends and family.




I first started off with a 30 gallon freshwater aquarium. Once I filled it, my interests evolved into saltwater and I bought a 75 gallon reef aquarium. This reef began thriving to the point that I began propagating corals and trading amongst other local people in the hobby. I collect hard to find species of all different types. Currently, this aquarium has been upgraded to 150 gallons and is so full I’ll need to upgrade again soon. I love the ocean and am very passionate about preserving the reefs around the world.




Being an employee of Aqua Imports since 2007, I have maintained and built just about any aquarium/terrarium you can think of. I take great pride in my customer service. Turning this hobby into a profession is a dream come true.




Aquavitro Salt

225 gal bucket $79.99

Sicce syncra Pumps

Sicce Syncra Pumps

Starting at $36.59

Aqueon Deluxe Aquarium Kit

Aqueon Deluxe Aquarium Kit

Starting at $49.99

Hydor Professional Canister Filter

Hydor Professional Canister Filter

Starting at $91.89


Pre-Mixed Salt Water

Pre-mixed Salt Water

Pre-mixed Salt Water $1.00/gal



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Twisted Rosewood

Twisted Rosewood

Starting at $7.49

Cobalt Aquatics

Cobalt Aquatics Neo-Therm Heater

Starting at $54.89


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Aqua Imports
2690 28th St # C
Boulder, CO 80301 USA


+1 303 444 6971


We are open:

Monday – Thursday 9 AM – 7 PM
Friday 9 AM – 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM

Here at Aqua Imports, we’ve been able to stay competitive with online retail and the large box pet stores with our dedication to customer service and the quality of our livestock.

These values have kept us in business with a loyal customer base for over 25 years. As hobbyists ourselves, we strive for the best care of our animals and the continuing education of our customers.

The health and look of your pets is important to us because we care about the animals!

~ Mike & Tom

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