LFS Fish Finds

Discussion in 'General Fish Discussions' started by iamdieter, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. Pierré Schoonraad

    Pierré Schoonraad Rainbow Freak

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    Why the hell would somebody want a Tiger Shouvelnose?

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    I have dinosaur eels/senagalus @ r80 each at mine never seen them before will definitly get some whem i get my closed top tank
     
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    I agree.
    They aren't really appropriate for the average home tank

    You get them here in the UK too, but the price puts them beyond most fish keepers, which I think is a good thing.
     
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    Problem is that here they are actually not pricy. Ones I saw sunday was quite small, less than 10cm, going for R200.

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    Here they are insanely expensive.
    My lfs has them for £300 (approx R5,100).
     
  7. Pierré Schoonraad

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    That is very expencive. All the other big fish are similarley priced. Worst I saw was a red tail catfish for R750 at about 60cm

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    I imagine it's because they are wild caught, and are quite rarely available.
    But as I say, it's a good thing. It makes people do a lot of research before buying.
    If they were SA prices I imagine they would go to unsuitable homes
     
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    Wish they would price the red tail cats and silver aros at a few k
    Shovelnose i have actually only seen once or twice one or two specimens at the LFS, Silver arowanas are coming in by the hundreds as are red tail cats
    Would really like to know what happens to them all..
     
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    You just need to check Facebook to see how many of them are being offered either for sale, or to swop.
    For some people, it is a matter of "mine is bigger than yours" until they realise the fish is too big, and they can't care for it.
    Just this morning there was someone wanting to get rid of 2 x 30cm Oscars, plus 2 x 25cm Sharks, plus a 40+cm Redtail Cat, all housed in a single tank.
     
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    The London Aquarium has 2 massive display tanks full of rehomed tank busters.
     
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    And let's not forget the pangassius
     
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    It's an ego thing, I feel. Having worked in a pet store, I tried my best to ensure that tankbusters never went to people who clearly were not prepared to adequately house them. But everyone wants a 'sharky' or 'something to wow the guests'. I know this because I had become one of those people. They are truly stunning animals. But foresight isn't great once your ego kicks in.

    We're fortunate that very few of the common tankbusters won't survive or breed in our local climates, because if they did, we'd be seeing similar problems as we're seeing with the common plecos in northern KZN, which have undoubtedly been released by aquarists that have bitten off more than they can chew.

    There aren't many places to send these animals off to. It's not a public aquarium's responsibility to take them on, and even if they were kind enough, South Africa has very few large freshwater public displays. Many pet stores are ill-equipped to house large fish, especially long term (a tank that could be housing other, easily sellable stock, now taken up by a monster that adds figures to the food budget). The SPCA doesn't want anything to do with fish. And I feel the fish markets would give us all a skew look if we tried to pass on some pets their way.

    Anybody wanting to start up a rescue centre..?

    I agree with the above - greater prices would slow down the uptake of tankbusters, but that means the shops don't sell as many, so I doubt it'd go that way.
     
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    Have to agree. Everybody is going on about the black list. Why are these fishes not on there? Almost every pet shop, please note not a dedicated fish shop, have pangasians.

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    I must say, it's been a long time since I last saw a Pang, Red Tailed Cat or Giant Gourami in a fish shop in the UK,
    But my lfs still regularly sells Giraffe Cats, Tiger Shovel Noses and, one that I think is also not suitable for most home tanks - Mbu Puffers.

    And most lfs have Silver Sharks and the bigger SA Cichlids
     
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    Dont mean to derail 'fish finds'.. but this comes up often from members setting up new tanks and is always difficult to find so..
    Cesar and I did a bit of LFS visiting today and went in at Repzotix in Edenvale where he usually gets his crickets
    They have just received a lot of driftwood and some absolutely amazing pieces of vine of various sizes

    So.. no fish buys today but we did get some amazing wood for the tanks
     
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    Oh ya went to the fish shop today
    The pet shop by the fishing shop in forways crossing
    are selling saddle Bichirs, Cray fish and talking catfish



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    Talking catfish?

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    Hehee, yes.. now you can watch TV and talk to them!!!
     
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    They croak like a frog


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    Does anybody keep mudskippers? I've seen them at a petshop. I might try them one day.
     

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