Shipping & Quarantine



UPS Next Day Air

We offer delivery directly to your doorstep via UPS next Day Air. We ship via UPS Next Day Air Monday through Thursday only. Which gives you a Tuesday through Friday delivery option. We will not ship any fish and/or package for Saturday delivery as Fridays are quite busy for UPS. We will not ship fish via UPS 2-day air, express saver or ground. UPS rates vary depending on where you live and how many fish you are purchasing. You will be able to see your shipping cost prior to placing your order.  It is important that you are home to receive delivery of your fish. If you are unable to be home to receive delivery, we recommend the Hold for Pick Up option. With the Hold for Pick-up option, you can pick up your fish at your local UPS hub.


Local Pick Up

This is hands down the best method for you to receive your order. Unfortunately, we know that not all of our customers will be able to come and pick up their orders. If you are local, we would love to have you come and pick your orders from our facility. We are located in Canoga Park, California. All customers are welcome to come and get your order at our facility from 10:00am-4:00pm, Monday to Friday, and by appointment only. We here at Uncle Sam’s Discus have an open door facility, so even if you’re not buying a fish - please feel free to come down and look at our fish collections! 


Live Arrival Guarantee

We here at Uncle Sam’s Discus work hard to ensure that you receive live healthy fish. We guarantee that your fish will be delivered alive and healthy. If you receive a Dead on Arrival fish do not worry. You will receive a full refund on the fish minus shipping charges. You can choose to receive a refund or receive a credit on your next order. In order to receive a refund or credit, you MUST take a video of the unboxing and the dead fish INSIDE THE TANK. Send an email containing the video to us at Please video the fish INSIDE THE FISH TANK focused on the gills to help identify if the fish is still breathing. The email must be sent within TWO HOURS of receiving your fish. You also MUST give us a call within two hours of receiving your package at 747-888-9694 to inform us of the issue. In order to receive the live arrival guarantee, you must be home to receive your fish! Packages that miss their first delivery attempt must be obtained on a second same-day delivery attempt or collected from the shipping facility on the original delivery date. Packages that are obtained the day after the original delivery date will not be covered under the live arrival guarantee. Packages that utilize the Hold for Pickup or Airport-to-Airport option will only be able to get the live arrival guarantee if the package is picked up on the delivery date. Any packages picked up the day after the original delivery date will not be eligible for the live arrival guarantee. We do not refund shipping costs.


Issues, Defects, Not as Described

If you received the fish but has issues/defects or does not meet to what is described in the store, please CALL and EMAIL us NO LATER THAN TWO HOURS of receiving the fish. Please provide a proof by video taping the fish out from the box and have it placed in a clear container that can clearly show any claimed issues or defects. 


Fish Size Measurement

As generally known to everyone, fishes are measured by the following rule: "From the TIP of the TAIL to the TIP of the MOUTH".



Shipping Delays and Issues?

Here at Uncle Sam's Discus, we ship your order on the date scheduled. The transit is now under the carrier's hands. IF any delay that is caused by the shipping company which results to damage of the package, e.g. Fish DOA, we will not cover the SHIPPING refund. Instead, we highly suggest that you submit a claim to the shipping company for the refunds. 


Cancellation Fee​ 

Here at Uncle Sam's Discus, we make sure that the fishes are reserved in a separate tank as soon as payment is received. In any case that the customer chooses to cancel the order, we reserve the rights to take 15% of the total value of the fish that were ordered. Thus, refunding only 85% to the customer.​ As soon as the customer orders, he/she will have 24 hours of grace period to cancel order WITHOUT getting charged. Beyond that period, 15% will be taken from the total amount of the order.​ We are imposing this policy to ensure that the customers are totally aware of their purchases. Processing the fish for every order takes man power and time. Therefore, a cancelled order is already equivalent to a loss in time and man power.




Arrival of the Fish From Suppliers​

Prior to the fish being shipped from our suppliers, they are put through a 21-day quarantine. After this initial quarantine they are packed and shipped to LAX airport. Once they arrive in the USA we take the fish directly to our facility and start our own 14-21 day quarantine process. After the quarantine process at our facility is complete we inspect each fish individually to ensure that any damaged fish do not get put on the market. Our main goal here at Uncle Sam’s Discus is to ensure that we are only selling good healthy fish.


Customer Quarantine and Acclimation 

Upon receiving your fish from us we HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you do your own quarantine on the fish. First start by setting up a separate tank in a different room than your current tank. Set your temperature to 82-86 degrees. Also make sure you have aeration. Remove the fish from the shipping box and cut the top of the bag with scissors or a blade. Then GENTLY pour the fish into a separate bucket or container. Avoid reaching into the bag as you can damage the fish trying to pull them out. Then remove the fish from the shipping water bucket and then place them in a separate bucket with water from your quarantine tank. Allow the fish to sit in this bucket for a couple of minutes. Then remove the fish from the second bucket and place in your quarantine tank. Discard the water from both buckets. DO NOT put any of the shipping water into the quarantine tank. Avoid using any strong lighting on the fish for the first few days of quarantine. Try and keep the noise and traffic low around the quarantine tank to allow the fish to rest. If your fish are laying down on the bottom of the tank do not panic. Fish that get stressed during the shipping process will need to rest for a few hours. After a few hours the fish should upright itself. DO NOT FEED your fish during the first 24 hours of the quarantine process. Feed on the second day of your fish being in the quarantine tank. Remember to not over feed! Keeping your water quality good is very important during the quarantine process. Do your water changes and make sure that you keep your tank clean and free of any uneaten food and fish waste. We recommend that you keep your new fish in quarantine for at least 4 weeks. Remember when it comes to quarantine the longer the better! We encourage all of our customers to feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. You can reach us at our facility via phone or email. We love to help our customers in any way we can. So again fell free to gives a call anytime.