Invertebrates & Corals

We maintain 2,125 gallons of saltwater aquariums ensuring a great selection of corals, invertebrates, cleaners, and fish.

Exotic Fish & Plants

We keep over 200 fresh water tanks on display with a variety of tropical fish, shrimp, snails, plants, micro fish, and large predators.

Reptiles, Amphibians & More

We carry Boulder’s largest selection of exotic reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, and insects from all over the world.

About Us

Who We Are

Aqua Imports is your one stop aquarium specialty store, serving the Boulder area from our retail location since 1989 and now shipping fish and more nationwide through our extensive Online Store. Specializing in rare freshwater fish, invertebrates, and aquatic plants, we offer something for every hobbyist, from nano schooling species to oddballs and monster fish.

Our online store is updated daily with new inventory and we pride ourselves on easy ordering, top notch customer service, and fast shipping throughout the US. Since launching our online store in 2017, we have successfully shipped thousands of fish to satisfied customers throughout the country.

Our online store offers the most extensive, up-to-date inventory of freshwater aquarium fish and invertebrates from around the world. We’re currently expanding our offerings to include aquatic plants and dry goods like premium fish foods and aquatic botanicals.

Keep checking back as we are continually adding more items to make your online shopping experience the best in the business.


  • Great store!! The staff was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. There are so many animals and accessories to choose from that we almost walked out with a whole additional aquarium instead of the two fish and a plant that we came for. The prices were great too. This is definitely our go-to aquarium store from now on.
    Tanja Wiant
  • Great store great people! They are very helpful in helping you understand your hobby. They don’t pressure you to buy, instead, coach you on how to go about things the right way.

    Wendi Shaver
  • Aqua Imports is a great fish store. Healthy fish, clean tanks and knowledgeable staff. The store keeps getting better and better every time I shop there.

    Scott Salzman
  • I frequent this place quite often and am generally impressed with the attentiveness of the staff and the selection of fish. I’ve never seen such variety in an aquatics store.

    Jordan Cooper
  • Awesome and healthy selection! Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. The only place I will buy my fish.

    Tammi Pelz-Tade
  • My favorite spot in Boulder for the aquarium hobby. Large selection of fresh and saltwater pets, reptiles, and all of the accessories you would need. Give them a chance and you may be pleasantly surprised.

    Matt Kepler
  • Here, you’re always greeted and you’ll never have trouble getting help. During weekdays there’s a good amount of staff on hand. There’s a great variety of both saltwater and freshwater fish, plus live plants – a huge bonus. I’ll be coming back frequently!
    Sara Dickinson
  • We bought a beautiful Sailfin Tang from this clean and friendly store Aug 2013 and he is doing great. Happy and active! We plan to buy some more fish from them very soon. Since moving from Chicago to Colorado, we have struggled to find a reliable fish store. Highly recommended!
    Kathy Henderlong

Brands We Carry



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.


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.


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.

We offer complete aquarium packages – just ask us!

Everything you need to set up a thriving environment. Easy and affordable! Call 303-444-6971.

Our Work

We offer leasing and maintenance specials – just ask us!

Make your pond, terrarium, or aquarium maintenance free today! Call 303-444-6971.

Featured Projects

Lease a custom or standard display which includes all livestock and equipment fully guaranteed. From a complete system to custom furniture, our dedicated team of experts are ready to help with any project, big or small.

Contact Us


2690 28th St # C
Boulder, CO 80301 USA


Free Parking Lot


+1 303 444 6971


Opening Hours

Monday ……………. 9 am – 7 pm
Tuesday ……………. 9 am – 7 pm
Wednesday ………. 9 am – 7 pm
Thursday ………….. 9 am – 7 pm
Friday ……………….. 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday……………10 am – 6 pm
Sunday ……………. 12 pm – 5 pm

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Aqua Imports has 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.

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 my 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.

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