VASCA Aquarium Supply is a distributor of over 5,000 aquarium products from 65+ manufacturers. VASCA's 11,000 sq. ft. distribution facility in Tempe, Arizona is open only to approved wholesale customers in the aquarium trade.

The Web site is only for wholesale customers in the aquarium trade (& qualifying public and private institutions). To view prices and order through the site you must first apply for an account.

Contact Info & Hours:
VASCA Aquarium Supply
1536 W. Todd, Suite A102
Tempe, AZ 85283

Tel: 480.829.8122
Fax: 480.829.8141


Hours: 8-4:30, M-F

Our Team

Paul Almeter
Co-Owner & CEO

In 1994 Paul was one of the original two founders of VASCA Aquarium Supply. As an avid reef hobbyist Paul realized there was a lack of distribution to stores in the emerging saltwater and reef aquarium markets. His first forays into the distribution market were with the Red Sea Fish pHarm line and his own line of Inland Seas Trace Elements. Over the years with VASCA he has added 80 more product lines from manufacturers around the globe.

With a background in retail and outside sales, accounting, engineering and commercial audio and theatrical lighting, Paul has the diversity of knowledge necessary to help customers achieve their goals in the continually changing aquarium market. Always looking to further his skill set, in recent years he completed the ASU WP Cary School of Business Small Business Leadership course.

Paul resides in Tempe, Arizona with his wife, dog, cat, fish and corals, and he has two grown daughters. In his spare time he enjoys wood working, mountain biking, kayaking, RV-ing and playing the drums.

David Almeter

Co-Owner & Minister of Culture

After studying film at UC Santa Cruz, a couple years running a language school in Korea, a couple years teaching history and Master's Degree studies at University of California San Diego, David became fascinated with the possibilities of the internet and software. He created retail and informational web sites, online databases, business plans and marketing materials for various San Diego area small businesses, the University of California San Diego and software provider Ameranth. David joined his brother Paul at VASCA as an owner in 2004, bringing to the company his marketing and internet experience. At VASCA he has carried out his lifelong dream of owning a forklift.

David lives in Phoenix with his wife. Their daughter studies at NYU. When not tethered to his desk at VASCA, and not working on his old Adobe-Tudor home in Central Phoenix, he spends his time playing and watching soccer and bludgeoning an unsuspecting world with his guitar playing. He traveled the world extensively in the pre-COVID era.

Jaron Hudson
Purchasing Manager & Supreme Product Expert

Known around VASCA as Jay Ron, though his name does actually rhyme with Baron, he was a customer of VASCA's for years before he came to work at VASCA.

Jaron has worked in the aquarium industry since 2013, and at VASCA since 2017. Before working at VASCA Jaron worked at a local fish store in Mesa, Arizona. He managed the reef and planted portions of the store while also ordering from vendors like VASCA.

Jaron currently maintains five aquariums: two reef tanks in the VASCA office, two reef tanks at home, and a planted aquarium in his church’s preschool building. Jaron’s favorite fish is his clown tang.

In his free time Jaron enjoys helping his wife fix up their first house as well as hunting, and barbecuing.

NOTE: He didn't put it in the bio he submitted (oh, so humble he is), but he is an educated man with a degree in Biology and an MBA from Arizona State University.

Kandace Cunningham
National Sales Manager & Resident Gizmo Whiz

Kandace grew up in San Diego, where her love for the ocean and marine life began. She has been in the aquarium industry since 2013.

Kandace worked at a couple of local aquarium shops in the Phoenix Metro Area. At the most recent store she was the top reef specialist and became their only reef maintenance service tech, maintaining over 30 clients on her own.

Kandace loves all things controllable: pumps, lights, skimmers, and all things Neptune. Hopefully, this does not extend to the control of people (unless they're customers).

Her hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing, playing the drums, taking her old Jeep XJ off-roading and obsessing over her aquarium.

Ingrid No Last Name Provided
Operations Manager & Minister of Cool

Ingrid values her privacy. Seriously. Just try to take her picture and you'll see what I mean. But, be careful. Very careful.

The good thing is she also values your privacy. That's why we've put her in charge of protecting all private data at VASCA. Your data is very safe.

Janise Pistachia
Office Manager & Relationship Advisor

Known as Jay Nice at VASCA. Like most people at VASCA, she is a migrant from California (and the land of Evita before that).

As a mother of three teenagers, she is happiest at work and we have to force her to go home.

Although a trained phlebotomist, she is deathly afraid of getting shots.

Feel free to ask her for free relationship advice.

Christopher Rivera
Warehouse & Shipping Manager

Another California transplant, Chris is happy his Lakers won yet another Championship. Kinda irritating. Somebody needs to tell him that he's in Suns territory. We're having a re-building . . . decade? Remember the days of Nash, Stoudemire, and Marion?

Uh, sorry to crash your bio, Chris.