Aqua Marines was started over 37 years ago in 1979 by Dennis Reynolds. Dennis had a Master’s degree in Marine Biology and needed an outlet for his knowledge. The main purpose behind creating this one-of-a-kind business was hand selecting only the highest quality specimens available in the entire Los Angeles area. To this day, each specimen is carefully scrutinized for the smallest imperfection before passing our rigorous inspection. Once meeting our criteria for perfection, the specimen is then professionally packed by our own highly trained packing personnel who follow a careful step by step procedure. This is to ensure that each animal receives the proper amount of water and oxygen in the correct size plastic bag to maintain its flawless condition on its carefully planned airline route to its final retail pet store destination.
Initially, there were very few wholesalers available to select from, but still Los Angeles had the largest concentration of marine livestock of any city in America. Having the largest selection of saltwater specimens available in one place also gave Aqua Marines essentially the most diverse variety of livestock found in any one city in the country. Since we had such a vast quantity of marine specimens, the knowledge to select only the highest quality livestock and the large amounts we purchased we were offered volume discounts from our suppliers which enabled us to maintain competitive prices. This unique combination of Quality, Variety and Price quickly pushed Aqua Marines to the head of all saltwater distributors. We have maintained our position as a leader in our industry for over 37 years since we have the highest standards and essentially no competition in the unique business niche that is Aqua Marines. If you stop and think about it, there just isn’t a better way to get the saltwater livestock your store needs to be successful year after year.